Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by miyawaki, Dec 13, 2013.
Occupy Skagit II Mar 29
have sign, will travel.
Alex, hope you make it. It would be great to meet you.
How can you occupy a river when it will be closed to fishing? I saw fisherman chain themselves to trees years ago in Idaho to protest closure to steelhead fishing. Now those same rivers produce GREAT steelhead fishing. It's time to ban gillnetting before our steelhead are extinct!
See the photo above.
We considered chains, but fishing poles are more fun.
This has nothing to do with gill nets.
We're not protesting the extinction of Skagit steelhead. We're protesting the closure of the Skagit when its run is over escapement, and healthier than many rivers where wild retention and tribal harvest of steelhead IS allowed.
Occupy Skagit has a singularity to it's purpose; to have the Skagit River steelhead catch and release season reinstated. This is our one and only goal. We would appreciate your support and hope you will join us on March 29th at Howard Miller Steelhead Park.
Same here, Kerry! I'm hoping to bring at least 3 others with me. It'll be a day trip for us most likely. In the photos it look like there's a covered group spot, and I assume they have burger grills there. Wouldn't it be great if we could all bring some burgers and the necessary stuff, and have a potluck during the event?
That covered area is simply a roof over a cedar dug-out canoe display, but there is plenty of room to tail-gate and some Brats or dogs would be good too, I would be ready to join in on that. I am planning to be at this event.
I'm already putting in for time off...
Occupy Skagit 2013 was a great event attended by some passionate Skagit anglers. We deserve a C&R season and I'll be back March 2014 with sign in hand to demand it! See ya there ---
I agree totally with the specific goal of Occupy Skagit. Since the first one has occurred and much of a year has passed, it's appropriate to ask: are there any signs of success? Though the seasons remain the same, are there any hints that the icefloe in Olympia is starting to crack and loosen?
Yes, there has been some movement within WDFW and even NMFS. Occupy Skagit has been heard quite high up in some of these orginizations. Others will have some specifics.
When we made our pitch to the WDFW Commission they had heard of Occupy Skagit before we arrived because of the number of people that showed up for our little protest. The presenters made a very good impression on the board and the chair person for the commission said somthing along the lines of Occupy Skagit made the most professional presentation she had seen. We have some very professional people working with Occupy Skagit and with the support of the anglers we can be successful.
The next "occupy" is likely more important than the first. We need everyone to show up and let those in control of the Skagit know that we are not going away. We need more people to show up at the WDFW Commission meeting to impress upon them the level of support we have to reinstate the catch and release season on the Skagit. This can be achieved if we let them know we want it. We have the information backing up our claims that the Skagit steelhead population is on the rebound and that catch and release has no direct bearing on the recovery of the Skagit steelhead. We need numbers of people to help us bring that message to those in control of the Skagit fisheries.
Gunna try to make the trip from Vancouver. I haven't fished the Skagit for years and years, but I love the fact that people are making their voices heard, instead of sitting on their asses whining about it. For that, you have my support. Just for my FYI, what is the escapement goal and what are the returns? And...does anyone care if I throw the date and cause on a blog site?
Ozcast - send me a PM with your email and I will send you some info on where OS is at and updates. The escapement this past season was around 8600 (2013) and the year before was just over 6,000 (2012). The escapement goal for the river to be open is 6000.