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Moonlight
12-20-2002, 11:06 AM
This is the subject of the outdoors coloumn in the Port Angeles local daily newspaper this morning.
I appears that in spite of some small pulses of success there appears to be a lackluster return of "Chambers Creek Clones" to the rivers and creeks on the OP.
Derrick Meneken the "Outdoor Writer" for the local daily quotes Mr. Bob Leland Manager of the WDFW State wide Steelhead Program "I cannot give you an answer as to why those fish aren't coming back right now."
Leland went on to talk about the emergency closures that have been put in place in the past to ensure egg take.
He further disscussed a possible scenario where the WDFW would look at wild numbers more closely in early 2003and possibly implement wild release where wild retention is allowed.
The owner of the Tackle store in Forks is quoted saying that where he usually sees 1,000 hatchery fish this year he has scene 100.
Life goes on!

OC
12-20-2002, 11:29 AM
Not much better in the Puget Sound area. Floated a nearby river yesterday and did not see a fish even the sleds and gear guys did not touch a fish from what we could gather.

Only thing we had in the river yesterday were falling trees. They were coming down at an alarming rate. Had one fall in front of us that was a cottonwood about 100 feet high. This tree did not just fall into the river but flew side ways and out about 20 to 30 feet from where it broke off its base before landing in the river. The splash it made looked like the splash of a full breeching Humpback Whale off the coast of Maui.

Cphatts
12-20-2002, 01:18 PM
Hmmm....not sure whats going on up there but here in Oregon the hatchery run is in full swing. Talked to a guy who caught 4 on the Sandy on Wedneday. Also, I've heard reports that many of the northern Oregon coastal rivers are chock full of fish. This weekend shoule be great....I'd love to hit it but I'm heading back East for the holiday. :(

fredaevans
12-20-2002, 02:01 PM
Originally posted by Cphatts
Hmmm....not sure whats going on up there but here in Oregon the hatchery run is in full swing. Talked to a guy who caught 4 on the Sandy on Wedneday. Also, I've heard reports that many of the northern Oregon coastal rivers are chock full of fish. This weekend shoule be great....I'd love to hit it but I'm heading back East for the holiday. :(

The rain we had over the past few days has sucked a ton of fresh fish into the lower/mid river. Will be awhile before they get up as far as Medford but understand the river below Grants Pass is chock-a-block with the Beasties already.
fae

flytyer
12-21-2002, 11:29 PM
There is nothing in the Skagit system yet either. No one has been catching winter fish yet. It seems the hatchery fish have vanished or at least have decided not to return to the river yet. The coho stayed out in the bay until the rains in mid-November. Perhaps the hatchery winter runs will not move in until mid to late January and then do as the hatchery coho did, simply run right to the hatchery.

Glad to hear that WDFW is considering wild steelhead release on those rivers they now allow killing of them. Something good may come out of this year's strange hatchery winter run.

RLN
12-23-2002, 11:11 AM
It's also slow in bc, both the stamp system and chilliwack/vedder are slower than normal for this time of year.