By TONY FLOOR
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! As most Washington salmon anglers know, the state and Puget Sound treaty tribes finally came to an agreement in late May establishing salmon fishing seasons for both parties.
The negotiations were controversial and seemed endless as the two sides continued to hang ornaments on the tree, drawing the process into triple overtime.
For many of us involved in these negotiations between the state and the tribes, it was an unprecedented process. Differing views on how to protect coho salmon (hatchery and wild stocks) while providing fishing opportunities for hatchery-produced Chinook salmon became a huge issue. It became crystal clear that the tribes do not support any sport fishery that targets hatchery fin-clipped Chinook and coho salmon, which resulted in a meltdown.
Regardless, an agreement was reached through compromise on both sides, July is here, and the Chinook salmon fishing options are huge. Time to quit talking about it and go fishing!
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