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PostTue Jul 02, 2019 6:19 pm 
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Tuesday July 2, 2019 17:12 PDT

WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE 

Chehalis River and tributaries to close to fishing


Action: Closes Chehalis River, South Fork Chehalis River, North Fork Newaukum River, South Fork Newaukum River, and Skookumchuck River to fishing.

Effective date: Immediately until further notice.

Species affected: All species.

Location: Chehalis River, South Fork Chehalis River, North Fork Newaukum River, South Fork Newaukum River and Skookumchuck River.

Reason for action: Streams and rivers where spring Chinook hold and stage through the summer are experiencing lower than normal stream flows. Spring Chinook hold and stage in the Chehalis River, South Fork Chehalis River, north and south forks of the Newaukum River and the Skookumchuck River. Low stream flows decrease holding and staging refuges and elevate vulnerability and pressure on these Chinook. Any encounters of spring Chinook could subject these fish to stress, injury, or death.

Additional information: Please see the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet or visit the WDFW website at wdfw.wa.gov for additional fishing opportunities and regulations.

Information contact: Chad Herring, Willapa Bay/Grays Harbor Fishery Policy Lead Region 6, 360-249-4628, ext. 299.

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PostSat Jul 06, 2019 7:34 am 
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treeswarper wrote:
iron wrote:
(might be wrong forum...)

if we are so concerned about the survival of salmon, why don't we just impose a moratorium on salmon harvesting for 3 years or so? seems more effective than all the bandaid solutions currently out there.

I have wondered about that for years.  We throw so much money at salmon recovery, yet folks are still fishing for salmon.  It makes it hard to believe that salmon are in trouble.

Has doing away with hatchery raised fish worked.....nope.

Rehabbing streams?   Nope.

The latest threat here is Northern Pike.  These scary looking fish are above Grand Coulee in the Columbia, but may head downstream.  The Colville tribe has been netting them to try to get rid of them.  Another question from me.  We seem to be able to overfish and drive species to extinction, but can't seem to do the same with invasive species like the pike and the other one which I cannot remember.  The latter even has a bounty on it and some folks have made quite a bit of supplemental income catching them.

Some years back I was fishing Vermilion Bay near Trout Creek, MT (on a reservoir on the Clark Fork River) and suddenly hooked something YUGE. Had no idea what it was as every time I got it within 15-20’ of shore, it would run off with 30-50 feet of line. Finally got it within 10 feet and as it took off again, created a sizable swell. Finally landed it and it was a 30” or so Pike of some sort (perhapss a Tiger Muskee). Doubtful it would have fetched a bounty (being a sterile hybrid) but easy to see how the fact that it liked hanging out at the mouth of another river, it could devour a large amount of young salmonids as they went from the Vermilion River to the Clark Fork. Maybe I shouldn’t have let it live.

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