If you’ve noticed a lot of empty slips in local harbors today, there’s a reason for that: Tuesday (7-1-14) is the first day of the summer troll opening for king salmon — and Southeast fishermen are looking at a record high target harvest.
“This is just an extraordinary year,” says Fish & Game biologist Pattie Skannes.
Trollers will be going after more than 171,300 kings in this first opening. Skannes says it’s the largest target ever for the July opener.
And it’s significantly higher than last year, when the July target was just 62,864 kings.
To put those numbers in perspective, there will be about the same number of fish available to trollers in the next two to three weeks as were available to all gear groups — trollers, seiners, gillnetters and sport fishermen — for the entire year last year.