A "charter boat" is a vessel from which persons may, for a fee, fish for salmon in marine areas, Lake Washington, or that part of the Columbia River below the bridge at Longview. When you go out on a charter boat, you are usually part of an unassociated group of anglers that made reservations for that day. In certain cases, if you have enough anglers, you can reserve all the spots on the boat. In some parts of the country, a charter boat may be referred to as a “head boat” or “party boat.”
I don't think that people will be fishing from the plane.
A Salmon Charter*license is required if you accept a fee to take a person fishing for salmon, food fish or shellfish in Marine Areas 1 through 13 (including 2-1 Willapa Bay, 2-2 Grays Harbor, 8-1 and 8-2), Lake Washington, or the Columbia River downstream of the Longview Bridge.
This doesn't say anything about using a boat. Just accepting a fee for taking a person salmon fishing. Maybe they are only charging for the plane and lunch...
"Mad slanders on mad ears do fall" William Shakespeare
All of this is plain to see on the same above quoted wdfw commercial licensing page. But somehow it happens here that certain individuals are reading only the words that support their own speculative, presumptive and rather vitriolic accusations. In my experience these kinds of personal accusations and attacks are never innocent. No one is trying to circumvent or skirt any laws. and no one is harvesting any fish, nor is anyone fishing from a "vessel". The states attorney general office has an adviser appointed for wdfw matters who has stated to me previously that this walking beach guiding is not an illegal activity under the law.
As regards "seaplanes", Kenmore Air is a licensed carrier for transportation. These people are using the seaplane for transportation only. They are not fishing from the seaplane. They are fishing from the beach. On foot. Under the Code of Federal Regulations a seaplane is only considered a "vessel" while underway upon the waters, ie; taxiing for take off and after landing etc.
The Salmon Charter license is for a "designated vessel".
There is no specific requirement or provision for a walking saltwater beach guide to have a salmon charter license.
Nor is there a specific restriction or penalty against a walking saltwater beach salmon guide. (Probably because the impact would be statistically negligible considering how few would do this).
The Food Fish License is for fresh waters only. From the same wdfw page:
AFood Fish Guide license is required if you accept a fee to take a person fishing for salmon, sturgeon or other food fish species in freshwater rivers and streams, except Lake Washington, and the Columbia River downstream of the Longview Bridge, which requires a charter license.
Heli - beading (out of a chopper) on the lower Quinault for steelface is on fire! !! Don't even need a tribal guide..your in uncharted territory so jump on it before it's found to be illegal also I'll be doing a crabbing chart...I mean crab sight seeing tours for you shore bound folks.
wordsmithing at its finest. because you can get away with not buying any license specific to salmon and you're not gonna kill any fish. how come you've never advertised targeted salmon trips until now?
you are no different than those you ridicule who fish salmon under the guise of open cutthroat fisheries.
" A salmon charter license is required if you accept a fee to take a person fishing for salmon, food fish, or shellfish in marine areas 1-13 ( including 2-1 willapa bay, 2-2 grays harbor, 8-1 and 8-2), lake Washington, or the Columbia river downstream of the Longview bridge."
It says nothing about whether you are guiding from shore or a boat. If you are charging some one to take them fishing for salmon in saltwater you must have a salmon charter license.
And as stated before a food fish guide license only applies to salmon in freshwater. Excluding lake Washington and the Columbia downstream of the Longview bridge.