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Thread: Southeast Alaska pink salmon odd/even year abundance question

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    Default Southeast Alaska pink salmon odd/even year abundance question

    Ok, I remember being told about this on a previous trip, and not sure if my leg was being pulled a bit. Pink salmon have a two-year lifecycle, right? If so, the fish returning to spawn in odd-numbered years are mostly distinct from even-numbered years.

    In SE Alaska, which set of years has the higher number of pinks - odd or even years?

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    No leg pulling. Higher numbers have been in odd numbered years. http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/ABL/MSI/msi_sae_psf.htm I just looked this up a couple of days ago because I will be fishing in Cross Sound this June/July. We don't target pinks, but catch them while fishing for kings and coho. I usually bring a bunch home and smoke them.

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    Thank you - that webpage you linked to is very helpful. My family has a trip next week for kings & a trip at the end of July for silvers; pinks are easier for my mom to reel in, so it's helpful to have some idea of how easy it will be to keep her hooked into them.

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