One of these traits is “Matching the Hatch” where the fish will feed on what is hatching and or available at the time. In the Pacific Northwest, a collapse in the Herring abundance has forced the salmon to look for other available forage and that has become mainly the “Sand Lance”
or sometimes called here the “Needle Fish”
. It is amazing that something so relatively small can become the primary meal for such a large and fast-growing fish.