Anyone float the Queets lately?

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by steel seeker, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Tom Palmer

    Tom Palmer Active Member

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    OneMoreCast- thanks for sending the netting schedule. I have heard about the non-stop gill nets on the Queets... seeing this on paper just makes me sick.

    Anyone know the back story here... have complaints been filed before and there is nothing WDFW can do? I don't see how netting 6 days a week is permissible. Here is my guess:

    • Limited netting during Nov-December- this allows the hatchery steelhead heading to Indian-owned Salmon river (where they charge anglers to fish) to pass through the lower river.
    • Full scale netting Jan-April targeting wild fish.
    I'm guessing they are working the system and claiming all those hatchery fish heading straight for their creek as part of the escapement. They then take the vast majority of wild fish and then claim it evens out.

    Am I wrong in thinking this? If anyone has any details it would be much appreciated. I just started fishing the Queets and love the water in the park.
     
  2. OneMoreCast

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    Hi Tom,

    I am not sure that there is a back story on this. The netting schedule on the Queets is based on the Maximum Sustained Harvest (MSH) for the fishery. I do not know for sure (hey, this is the Internet--who does?), but I suspect that the schedule accounts for the Queets' size and propensity for flooding: the river is rarely fishable every day of the week due to high water conditions, so there may be built-in make-up days in the schedule.

    In terms of your broader comment, it seems that the Queets' does not garner the political attention that's seen on the Forks area rivers--whether that's because of its remoteness, fewer guides on the river, national park jurisdiction, et al is anyone's guess.

    Salmo G has about summed up everything I've seen in many years spent visiting the Queets: The Quinnault take MSH very seriously...

    On a more positive note, the Queets does have some more proactive and visible NPS enforcement rangers these days--I've been checked more times than not recently. Hopefully his/their presence will help cut down on the poaching and illegal guiding that was becoming too common.

    Joe
     
  3. hydrological

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