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Fishing Reports / Re: 2017 Noosack thread
« Last post by BhamBankster on Today at 08:52:45 PM »
Very well spoken Nick.  However, I have to side with the argument that a seven, or even six-day-a-week net fishery by the Tribes is taking it too far.  Especially when if what 8ball is saying, is true.  Whether or not they let the pinks go, I do not know; but killing pinks while targeting coho and kings is in nobody's best interest.  I respect the rights of the Tribes, but wish they took a more collaborative approach to when and where they harvest fish.  There are Tribes on the Olympic Peninsula who only net Monday-Thursday; completely pulling all nets for three days a week.  Why not take that approach???  Giving away "extra" fish at a car dealership is completely absurd. (Not sure if this is the case with the latest giveaway, but I heard it was the case in the past.)

I understand we are all in this together.  We are the end user in what is a nearly impossible life journey of the salmon we are fishing for.  But as far as helping the salmon that actually do make it into the river, I believe that limiting the netting of fish to less days than what is currently allowed is the best step we could take.  Single-hook fisherman/woman are not the cause of the current state of salmon populations.
Fishing Reports / Re: 2017 Noosack thread
« Last post by Nick on September 20, 2017, 02:09:21 PM »
As was pointed out earlier in this thread as river fishermen we are the last user group for salmon harvest, so we do end up getting the shaft so to speak in some ways. This isn't the fault of tribes, but I'd say is more on WDFW and other states departments of fish and wildlife to correctly manage the stocks so that there is enough to go around. Tribes are also the last user group to get their shot so it isn't fair to single them out as the sole source of the state of salmon stocks and the lost fishing opportunity we all suffer.

Don't get me wrong, as a non-native angler I'd like nothing more than to be able to go out and catch a few salmon in the river but I also respect the treaty rights of native american tribes and think that blame should be assigned where due in a time of crisis such as this.

Before the tribes even have a shot at their allocation (50%) of the fish, salmon have to contend with commercial fishing, sport groups in the salt, international waters fleets, and sport anglers in the rivers (combined the other 50%). And that's just harvest.

On top of that warming oceans (lower productivity), pollution, habitat degradation, increased predation from sea lions/terns/etc in areas where human interaction has given them an easy meal. I'm sure I'm forgetting something.

I'd love to see more use of selective harvest methods and maybe just maybe some sort of plan to fix this thing before the salmon disappear. Native bashing isn't going to help.

Fishing Reports / Re: 2017 Noosack thread
« Last post by 8ball on September 20, 2017, 10:41:00 AM »
Went to Nugents Corner Public Fishing Area and boat launch to check out the water condition. Looked up the river and saw a boat with net all the way across the river. Then it started to float down the river toward where I was standing. They pulled it in when they got opposite the ramp. The net was full of pinks that were all humped up on their backs. Talked to them and they said "last week we caught kings and silvers in that area and now all there is left are pinks."

I understand our closure and it makes sense. But again it doesn't make sense if they kill all the pinks that look like they might spawn there and we stand by and watch.
What is wrong with this picture? :'(
Fishing Reports / Re: 2017 Noosack thread
« Last post by fishbreath on September 20, 2017, 07:48:07 AM »
I received a call back and a voice message from The Fisheries Department yesterday.  I've talked to this bio before and he's a great guy and without giving his name up, he's not very excited about how things shake out for the sportsman either.  Anyway,  the tribe DID NOT give up anything with the recent announcement that the Pink Run will not meet the escapement goal.  As he said,  the department based on conservation goals, decided to close the Nooksack to retaining Pink's to limit any further sportsman impact.  So there you have it.  I think I'll call the tribe and get their take on it. This might be a good example to get out to the press that it's not all about habitat,  it's about limiting harvest.
Fishing Reports / Re: 2017 Noosack thread
« Last post by fishbreath on September 19, 2017, 01:46:41 PM »
I've got another call into DFO to find out if the tribe gave anything up with the new sportsman closure of Pink Salmon on the Nooksack.  Hopefully I hear something back this time.

I also check the Nooksack Indian Fishing Hot-Line and now they are fishing only up to Westside Automotive.  I have no idea where that particular business is located but something tells me it's quite a ways below the bus barns in Deming. I'll update once DFO returns my calls.
Fishing Reports / Re: 2017 Noosack thread
« Last post by BhamBankster on September 18, 2017, 09:59:09 PM »
Sorry about hijacking the thread at its current state, but figured I would post an actual fish caught on a single hook before the river is blown. Got this hatchery buck 9/15.  Might give it another go towards the end of the month.
P.S. Nets in the river are BS.  Could be wrong, but heard there was free fish at a car dealership, again..

Fishing Reports / Re: Samish river
« Last post by SnagNasty on September 18, 2017, 09:55:23 PM »
Everyone has a favorite cure I think it is more knowing where and how to fish them I know a lot of guys that think bouncing or floating roe is the same as power bait for planters and run through 5 pounds of  decent eggs on a single trip with no fish. Then start looking for a new super cure.
Fishing Reports / Re: 2017 Noosack thread
« Last post by SnagNasty on September 18, 2017, 09:47:49 PM »
DJ is right there are still pinks in the salt.  I have pics from 2015 this time of year from the lower river catching chrome fish with lots of colored ones mixed in.  I do agree we did not get the early push of fish but netting was way worse this year. 
General Discussion / hauling a kayak
« Last post by dobluke on September 17, 2017, 10:57:46 PM »
I just bought a 2012 F150 and I'm thinking of ways on how to haul my kayak. I saw the utility racks on the net and they look like a good solution. These utility truck accessories are adjustable and removable. Does anyone have one?
Fishing Reports / Re: 2017 Noosack thread
« Last post by dj2loud on September 17, 2017, 03:48:19 PM »
Negative, the pinks are still in the bays. Not all have come thru and headed up, they can virtually spawn whenever wherever at anytime...  We had been seeing great numbers starting before the nets went into the river when the atlantic's escaped... If you think the tribes did not overharvest and under cut numbers you should bury your head in the sand ... The boldt decision needs to be addressed, either casinos go or the tribes get the f off the rivers with their killnets.... And as far as tribal enforcement, you pricks in the enforcement should go f off as your not helping by DOING NOTHING! Countless times we report the shit your gillnets are doing and we get no response. How can you report a boat number when they don't have any....
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