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Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...

Started by Woolly Bugger, December 25, 2011, 05:12:11 am

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Emergency closure for winter steelhead likely on Skagit

All signs point to another emergency fishing closure for winter steelhead in the Skagit River system. The closure should be announced next month.

"The Skagit wild steelhead forecast is going to be down again, and it hasn't met the minimum escapement in quite a while," said Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in the northern Puget Sound region. "The numbers are falling off the table again."



December 25, 2011, 09:36:08 am #2 Last Edit: December 26, 2011, 14:00:52 pm by jwgnc
Caught my only wild winter Steelhead on a fly from the Skagit.  Bald eagles watched.  It was a sight to see.  Caught my only Dolly Varden there too.  Or was it the Sauk??

Hate to see these famous old rivers having a hard time.  I feel fortunate to have fished there in the "good old days".

I'm afraid Michigan's Au Sable will go the same route.
Stalk softly and carry a green stick.

Woolly Bugger


Quote from: Woolly Bugger on January 03, 2012, 04:35:43 amhttp://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-02/marine-harvest-salmon-escape-after-dagmar-storm-damages-nets.html


My dad lives about 5 miles upstream of a fish farm (atlantic salmon) on the Huon river in Tasmania and they have almost routine escapes. I spoke with him last week and he had just gotten back from 'sport netting' (done from his sailboat) 9 fish which he plans to cold smoke.
I guess the point is that there is no way to produce farm raised salmon, or any farmed fish, without escapement. The only way to keep farmed fish from mixing with wild populations is to keep them in ponds or some type of pen like a hatchery has.

Woolly Bugger

Woolly Bugger

'Salmon Hero'

The salmon that come to spawn in local waters have probably considered him one for years, but local conservationist Elmer Rudolph has now been given the title of "Salmon Hero" by his peers.

Rudolph, who is also the Sapperton Fish and Game Club president, was bestowed the title by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fraser Basin Council last month after decades of work in restoring the Brunette River to a habitable waterway for salmon.

"It' feels good," said the ever-deferential Rudolph, "But as I mentioned when I got it... as far as I'm concerned, all I've been doing is just carrying on the work that the earlier members of the club started way back in 1970."

Read more: http://www.royalcityrecord.com/Westminster+named+Salmon+Hero/5986556/story.html#ixzz1jJ56lOJM

Woolly Bugger

A new federal report says it will cost as much as $2.1 billion to restore the endangered steelhead trout to Southern California rivers and streams over the next 100 years.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/01/13/state/n201651S75.DTL#ixzz1jY0lCIdv

Woolly Bugger

By now, everyone should be aware Chinook salmon are slated to be reintroduced to the San Joaquin, perhaps as soon as this year. And like in other California rivers where salmon have been re-established after a long absence, those fish will either be off limits to anglers or strictly catch and release.

But what seems to be lost in all of this, even though it's spelled out in the Draft Environmental Impact Report, is that the presence of salmon will also mean the end of all trout fishing and, potentially, bass fishing.

No more trout fishing in the San Joaquin? It says so right in Section 3.3 of Chapter 21, which quotes California Fish and Game Commission policy: "Domesticated or nonnative fish species will not be planted, or fisheries based on them will not be developed or maintained, in drainages of salmon waters, where ... they may adversely affect native salmon populations by competing with, preying upon or hybridizing with them."

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/02/01/2706427/salmon-comes-at-a-cost.html#storylink=cpy