HOH Steelhead...Seattle Times

shawn k

Active Member
#16
Why don't all of you guys that are going to the Hoh Down sing kumbaya and have a funeral for the god damn fish. yeah it sucks he killed it but give me a break it was legal to kill it. If you guys spent half as much energy trying to get the regs changed as you have been bitching about a dead fish maybe something might change.
 
#17
Why don't all of you guys that are going to the Hoh Down sing kumbaya and have a funeral for the god damn fish. yeah it sucks he killed it but give me a break it was legal to kill it. If you guys spent half as much energy trying to get the regs changed as you have been bitching about a dead fish maybe something might change.

There are lots of people trying to do something about it: http://wildsteelheadcoalition.org/
 

Milt Roe

Active Member
#18
I would not have bonked it, but ....People need to remember that the genes of that fish are still out there in the broader Hoh wild steelhead population. People act like killing that fish will mean no more 30lb-ers. Killing a 12 lb wild fish that may have not yet expressed those big fish tendencies in her progeny may have the same impact. Again, I would not have killed it, but I'm weary of reading about this as if it means that killing this one fish means the end of large fish on the Hoh. We need to maintain these populations and their diversity, not select for the individual exceptional fish.

By the way, people who chase line-class records are equally jack-knob-minded IMO. I've broken a few of those myself without claiming them. This kind of crap just encourages the killing of fish for the glory hog mentality. Hey - Look at me, I caught a 2 lb sculpin on a 1 lb tippet. Good grief...
 

Buck

"Ride'n Dirty."
#21
If I would have caught a 30 lbs steelhead, and it was kegal to catch it, I would have killed it. If the f'n indians can gill net millions of fish, why can't I have my once in a lifetime fish? Is it cool to keep a 26.5 lbs. fish? I'm with Shawn K, If have a problem with it see the WDFW.
 

Jergens

AKA Joe Willauer
#22
If I would have caught a 30 lbs steelhead, and it was kegal to catch it, I would have killed it. If the f'n indians can gill net millions of fish, why can't I have my once in a lifetime fish? Is it cool to keep a 26.5 lbs. fish? I'm with Shawn K, If have a problem with it see the WDFW.
This is the mentality that is pushing these fish to near extinction. It's not cool to keep any native steelhead, regardless of weight. The "Gotta get mine" mentality....:beathead:
 

ak_powder_monkey

Proud to Be Alaskan
#25
I think a better use of time rather than to bitch about one dead fish is to try to make it illegal to sell steelhead anywhere. Hell Alaska did that (and made SEAK no bait in freshwater) and we are famous for bonking fish over the head here, and have pretty healthy runs of steelhead

It baffles my mind that it is legal to sell a endangered subsistence caught fish in Washington.
 
#26
That monster steelhead from the Hoh was taken legally as far as I know. Any ethical rationale for killing it are mute. What is needed is to get that one wild fish off of the kill list. With the state of our steelhead there is simply no reason to have a punch available for a single wild fish.
Just my 2-cents,
Les
 

FT

Active Member
#27
Les,

You nailed it! There ought to be madatory wild steelhead release on all our WA State rivers. Friends of mine who live in Port Angeles have told me the shear number of people fishing the Hoh since that fished was bonked and publicized is unreal. Apparently, there are a lot of folks who have a need to go and get one to have their own bragging rights.

To those of you who have a need to bonk wild steelhead I have a simple question: Why isn't it good enough to simply be out on the river fishing and if you are fortunate enough to catch a wild steelhead (regardless of its size) release it so it can continue on and spawn. Afterall, it is called sportfishing, not meat or subsidence fishing. Do any of us sportsfishers really need to eat the wild fish we catch in order not to starve?
 
#29
If I would have caught a 30 lbs steelhead, and it was kegal to catch it, I would have killed it. If the f'n indians can gill net millions of fish, why can't I have my once in a lifetime fish? Is it cool to keep a 26.5 lbs. fish? I'm with Shawn K, If have a problem with it see the WDFW.
At least you could spell legal correctly if you say stupid %^&*.
 
#30
All this negative sentiment is making me think of the Striper world record. It's too bad he killed the fish, but it was his choice and it sounds like the fish was caught legally and ethically. It seems like a law change is in order and maybe this will bring it about. I just hope things don't get too negative for him. If you haven't heard the story on the striper, check out this link
http://www.noreast.com/blog/view.cfm?b=38497&m=112006