03-20-2004, 12:28 AM
Hey Guys, I thought it was important to hear your views on the Department's news release that they rolled back the wild steelhead release rules to May 1 from April 1. I think that this was not a good decision for the fish and Forks. I am curious how many fish will not make it to their beds and if they will meet their escapement goals. I'am not sure how to react?
03-20-2004, 12:40 AM
I find it to be very troubling. From what I have heard is those who keep wild fish out there have been bonking as many fish as possible before the moratorium takes affect. Now they have an extra month.:(
03-20-2004, 12:54 AM
This will back Fire on WDFW!
03-20-2004, 01:00 AM
My concern with the pushback date is the Hoh. An elevated harvest has begun on the Hoh to get the killing in while they can.
According to the following chart compiled by the WSC's from WDFW data, the Hoh has failed to meet escapement roughly half the time over the past 10 years or so. If we were take away the sport harvest, the river would have made escapement each year it did not.
And it looks like the Hoh may not make escapement this year given the poor reports. I heard that for the first time, a small fish buyer (as in has a need for just a few fish) has turned to the Quinaults for fish as the Hoh tribes can not provide them (they are netting 3 days/week).
And on a side note, if the river needs to be closed due to a poor run size, then close it.
The following charts can be found here...Wild Steelhead Coaltion Escapement Charts (http://groups.msn.com/steelheadjunky/wsccharts.msnw?Page=1)
03-25-2004, 09:43 AM
With 499 anglers (counted) on the Hoh, Boggie, Sol Duc, and Calawah last weekend and 74 wild fish caught and kept, 111 released (again counted by WDFW) hopefully the keeper anglers have filled their freezers and are pretty much finished (wishful thinking?)
We were guiding the week and weekend before and I've never seen more pressure on the rivers. Not to mention those wonderful people that stepped in between (2 of them) 4 of our clients. Or the guy that dumped his borax at his parking place and rightly upset the landowner to the point that she threatened closing down the access point.
I think the pressure was just too much for WDFW and they bent, much to the dismay of the C&R folks. I wonder if letters to the department of the disgust we all share would be in order.
I remember a time when they closed the waters early on the Oly Pen ( to all anglers) a few years ago. Nothing changed their minds then.
Just my $.02