Perhaps Nelly or someone can answer the following:
(Note: I've fished Puget Sound for over 45 years)
The current season for Chinook salmon in Puget Sound and elsewhere is projected to be bleak at best. This apparently is based on WDFW and co-managers projections. However, over multiple past years, the seasons have been getting shorter and shorter (to nothing at all in some areas such as 8-1 and 8-2). These closures have occurred even though during most of these seasons, the winter fishery has been severely restricted because there are way too many sublegals. This raises the obvious question of "what happened to all of those sublegals?" In past decades we used to fish right through these large "encounters" and still have viable summer seasons. Although some of this can be blamed on the "blob" (i.e., warmer water offshore), the sublegals since that blob disappeared have largely been untouched due to closures. Some may blame this on protection of ESA listed Chinook. However, over many seasons, I have released "native" Chinook adults and believe that they have nearly a 100 percent survival. So, bottom line, closures for too many fish (sublegals) which apparently disappear from the projections?