Hoh

#32
i would also state that if the upper hoh is indeed crowded in mid-january that the pressure is spreading towards non-peak fishing time frames.

i'm just happy to have the memories of seeing the river when there was almost no fishing pressure in the upper river.

but hearing about the crowding makes me less homesick about being gone this winter.
Chris...a bit off topic, but one of my favorite rivers in CO is the Yampa right in Steamboat...nothing better than floating it in the spring (before the tubers come out) and running streamers through town. Fun float and fun fishing!

I think it's time for the WDFW to realize that the Olympic Peninsula is being regarding as a "destination" fishery (perhaps via attrition, but that's beside the point) these days and manage it as such. I've never heard people talk about fishing the OP (from all over the US) as much as I have in the past 3 or 4 years. Besides ending wild sport kill, the first step to do this is to ban fishing from a moving watercraft on parts of the Sol Duc and Hoh from the second week of January through the closure in mid to late April (depending on the system). This gives guides the ability to still float fish during the hatchery season and gives wild fish some degree of sanctuary. Many other management agencies have used this regulation effectively on their destination fisheries...but the WDFW has failed to implement such a policy.

I'd like to be wrong, but unless something is done now, we won't be allowed to touch these rivers Jan-May in 5-10 years...but I'm just preaching to the choir now. Stepping off my soapbox...
 

shawn k

Active Member
#33
Chris...a bit off topic, but one of my favorite rivers in CO is the Yampa right in Steamboat...nothing better than floating it in the spring (before the tubers come out) and running streamers through town. Fun float and fun fishing!

I think it's time for the WDFW to realize that the Olympic Peninsula is being regarding as a "destination" fishery (perhaps via attrition, but that's beside the point) these days and manage it as such. I've never heard people talk about fishing the OP (from all over the US) as much as I have in the past 3 or 4 years. Besides ending wild sport kill, the first step to do this is to ban fishing from a moving watercraft on parts of the Sol Duc and Hoh from the second week of January through the closure in mid to late April (depending on the system). This gives guides the ability to still float fish during the hatchery season and gives wild fish some degree of sanctuary. Many other management agencies have used this regulation effectively on their destination fisheries...but the WDFW has failed to implement such a policy.

I'd like to be wrong, but unless something is done now, we won't be allowed to touch these rivers Jan-May in 5-10 years...but I'm just preaching to the choir now. Stepping off my soapbox...

dude step away from the crack pipe. It's never going to happen.
 
#34
dude step away from the crack pipe. It's never going to happen.
I'm not commenting on whether it will or won't happen...I'm just saying it needs to be done if we're going to keep these rivers fishable 10 years from now. Who would have thought 15 years ago that BC non-residents would be banned from fishing the Skeena system on weekends during steelhead season (and only able to fish 3 days a week on the Copper)? That would have been a pretty bombastic prediction then, but reality now.
 

PT

Physhicist
#35
Just talked to a buddy who's on foot out there, and he said it's a zoo.

Forks is the new Cowlitz!
There is a very simple solution, at least in the short term. One that requires the State of Washington to do nothing. One that will help the fish and fit right in line with most people's belief in much of the problem.

Remove yourself from the equation. Let 'em be. That is what most of us want others to do. Go to the meetings. Join a wild fish advocacy organization. Advocate for the fish rather than adding to the pressure on these fish. Fishing for them, knowing it has a negative impact, seems a bit hypocritical.
 
#36
Are we talking about both fly and gear fishermen? Here in sweden when a place gets a lot of pressure it usually turns into a fly only zone. Over here fly anglers seems to practice more catch and release and "easy fishing" so the pressure goes down. But United States probably have more fly anglers than Sweden has residents so... :)
 
#37
Are we talking about both fly and gear fishermen? Here in sweden when a place gets a lot of pressure it usually turns into a fly only zone. Over here fly anglers seems to practice more catch and release and "easy fishing" so the pressure goes down. But United States probably have more fly anglers than Sweden has residents so... :)
We all have hooks in the water and are pressuring the fish the same way.
 

attack

Active Member
#40
i am glad to see a lot of people seem to be in favor of a ban of fishing from boats. that is the single best thing that could happen to save those rivers. now everyone just needs to get together to make it happen
 
#41
i am glad to see a lot of people seem to be in favor of a ban of fishing from boats. that is the single best thing that could happen to save those rivers. now everyone just needs to get together to make it happen
Now, im not from forks, nor have I spend MUCH time fishing the OP... but I feel like the single best thing that could occur would be more sustainable tribal fisheries. Do I think that will happen, no. And that sucks, but it is what it is.
 
#42
Now, im not from forks, nor have I spend MUCH time fishing the OP... but I feel like the single best thing that could occur would be more sustainable tribal fisheries. Do I think that will happen, no. And that sucks, but it is what it is.
It would certainly help escapement... But choosing battles we can win may be a better strategy.