Gytenbeek and the WSC Suck!!!
This is the most biased and idiotic decision the commission has ever made.
It is resource allocation based upon political favoritism and has no basis in conservation reality. There is nothing to indicate that over harvest has caused the current declines of the inland steelhead stocks. Those rivers where no harvest and in some cases no fishing is allowed have equally reflected the current steelhead cycles.
The coastal stocks have been showing a trend towards increasing numbers despite somewhat extreme harvest pressure.
They have lied and blindsided us with their public statement that the total ban on steelhead harvest would not be considered this rule cycle.
Washington and Idaho are now the only two places in the Pacific Northwest with a total prohibition on wild steelhead harvest including stocks with adult returns as much as twice that required for spawning escapement.
Thanks to the scumbags in the Wild Steelhead Coalition I will never again purchase another fishing license in this state!
I'm outa here - Plunk