The historical run size of the Deer Creek steelhead is estimated at 2,000 returning adults a summer (DeShazo 74, Kreamer 99). In fact the maximum sustainable harvest for the Deer Creek native summer runs is believed to be at about 910 (Kreamer 99). The MSH was developed by the infamous Bob Gibbons and published with other authors in 1985 in the publication "Methodology for determaining MSH steelhead spawning escapements." In short this means that atleast 910 adults are required to return to sustain the run and every fish over that 910 may be harvested. (I DO NOT AGREE WITH GIBBONS) The current level of the run is estimated between 500-1000 adults although some sampling shows that the population may be in fact higher (Kreamer 99).Angie (06-27-2001 01:04 p.m.):
Ahhhhh but aren't we forgetting boyz...
That the Deer Creek Run use to be the strongest, what was it 5,000 strong before the devastating mud slide due to careless loggers.
The WDFW claims that counts are at 2,000????
But alas Mike Kinney who lives and breathes the Stilly says it's at 500???
Now who's right?
Are they still endangered and should we be targeting endangered fish?
What if you accidentally killed one?
Wouldn't you feel bad????