There’s a new state-record Chinook salmon. And after 18 months, Canadian waters open to anglers.
It also topped 47 inches (47.5) and bested the previous state-record Chinook salmon – 46.06 pounds, 43.5 inches – a mark that had stood since 1978.
In the lake, the headline act is the Chinook salmon, the “king” of the water.
“I was shocked at first, then I was just overcome with complete joy. I don’t know that I have the right words to even explain the happiness and the healing.”
The region could experience a “traffic jam” of chinook salmon in the coming month.
This year’s forecasted return of 81,700 upriver spring chinook is up 12% from last year’s return of 73,100, which was the lowest since 1999.
For consumers, the bountiful harvest has driven down wild salmon prices to $15 to $20 per pound, compared with $30 to $35 per pound in recent years. And the salmon boom is also welcomed by
Survey reveals catch rates of chinook salmon double the five-year average during spring and early summer of 2018.
About 300 schools across the state take part raising salmon in classrooms with the goal of encouraging students to become advocates for the Great Lakes and the environment.