Today is the first day on the water for this year’s commercial fishermen.
While he’s excited to get out onto the river, Bob McKamey with the Area E Gillnetters Association says he’s disappointed they are restricted to fishing between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
“The complications are the mixed run in the river. At this point in time, they are trying to protect the early summer fish that they need some more river for spawning.”
McKamey says he’ll be one of about 250 boats out in his area.
He expects this year’s salmon run will see about 20 to 23 million fish, and not the 70 million he’s heard some people suggest.