In my opinion the state will not significantly reduce the chinook stocking numbers anytime soon. Bottom line is that the charter boys on the lake call the shots regarding the fishery...this has become more apparent than ever in the last year. The chinook is their bread and butter fish and I am convinced that they would rather see the whole fishery collapse than give up the chinook. On top of that the stake-holders in Pulaski (i.e. tackle shops, gas stations, motels etc) have built an entire economy on a 2 month stretch in the fall when the salmon run and the circus begins. Very shortsighted in my view but that is the reality of it.
You are right, there is something to be said about Steelhead fishing in solitude!