How do you convince a department that its mission needs to take a turn? Seriously, there isn't an anadromous river in the world that sees 5-6K wild fish back that is closed to C&R angling. Hell most of them are open to kill fisheries in the atlantic salmon world. One small yet important region: York River = about 2K returning fish. Kill fishery on MSW salmon. A popular one at that. Dartmouth = <1K fish. Kill fishery on MSW salmon. St. Jean = 1K fish. Grilse only kill. Bonaventure = 2K fish. Grilse only kill after decades of MSW kill. Petite Cascapedia = 1K fish. Grand Cascapedia = 2K fish (vies for the largest salmon in north america) after the tribal net moratorium. Grilse only now. Matapedia = 3500 fish. This is the fish killer's river in Quebec. Thousand fish a year, more or less, have been removed from this river since it was opened to the public in the 70's. The run remains between 3500 and 5000. Every year. As a trib of the Restigouche, the mouth of the Restigouche gets HAMMERED by tribal nets. No one knows for sure how many salmon never make it past. 3500 to 5000 fish end up in the Mat every year with the sport angler siphoning off their kill. Matane = 2K fish. This is the other fish killer river in Quebec. St. Anne = <1K fish. Grilse only. Those are the major river's on Quebec's Gaspe Peninsula. 99%+ pure wild and native atlantic salmon. Nearly ALL of them support tribal harvest in some form or another. These numbers are the average since the stocks collapsed throughout the atlantic after the 1960's. Some years are better. Some are not. Sustainable harvest on all wild fish. And here we sit with 5-6K wild fish (on average) returning to the Skagit and there isn't a C&R fishery with selective gear rules? That somehow the rec angler is the bad guy here? I realize Concrete or Rockport or Marblemount isn't Spences Bridge or Riggins or Kamiah where steelhead dollars are needed to get some spending money in peoples pockets, let alone stay in business for some- how do you get the river valley's businesses to speak up? Have them apply the pressure based on jobs and economic impact. Is so little money spent in the skagit valley by anglers that it doesn't matter one bit if we are there or not? I have always had to travel, so I have always spent money in the valley for the week or two or four I was there each year. The point about Ducks Unlimited by Chris. That is the perfect point. We shouldn't have to apologize for angling. You support D.U. so you can HUNT ducks. RM Elk so you can HUNT elk. You support washington trout so you can set up an occupy skagit movement? What happened to the CCA? Wild Steelhead coalition? Who is out there championing the privilege of fishing for the sake of fishing and not just going out to get a fish for the wall or freezer burn? (It looks like the occupy skagit is going to have to be this voice) Every person in WDFW and NOAA knows this spring fishery is acceptable. If this wasn't the case there would be NO fishing in most of California's north coast streams. Nor would there be ANY fishing on listed rivers even if there is a hatchery component. If angling is so darn dangerous, then remove the stupid hatcheries and close every listed river. All of them. I know, careful what you wish for. Seems a few PETA members are part of NOAA's management team. And WDFW.