Copper River King and Sockeye Salmon are available in store now. Looks like the average price from the Pike Place Market is $40 /lb for the King and $32 /lb for the Sockeye. I called around to some of my other competitors such as Whole Foods, QFC, and Safeway and they are all within that same ballpark.
As the season progresses, look for the prices to drop slowly at first and then they should level out in the mid teens in a few weeks. If you get your fish now, you know it will only be less than 24 hours off the boat. Any longer, and may be as long as 36-72 hours off the boat. That is still super fresh, just not as fresh as when you get it this weekend.
Season opened to blustery conditions that kept most boats from seeing any significant amount fish in their nets. We should see about 20,000 lbs coming into Seattle today if the weather calmed down and the boats were able to fish effectively.
Tip: Cook this fish hot and fast. Do not smother it in anything but a dash of dill and a squeeze of lemon. Anything more and it will take away from this magnificent fish. Don't forget, like beef, Salmon (and most fish) continue to cook after you take it off the heat. Pull it off the grill right when it starts to flake easily (may be still a little raw in the middle and that's okay) and let it stand for about 5 minutes before serving. Watch your side dishes! Make sure they are not over powering in flavor. Grill some asparagus for your vegie and some Basmati rice for your starch. Or if you want to do it all on the grill, grill some root vegetables with a little coarse salt and olive oil.
Do not miss out on this very special fish. Even if you have to dig into your gas budget to do it. It is worth it.