According to SASI (WDFW salmonid stock inventory)
Walla Walla wild summer-run spawn timing: feb-may
Touchet wild summer-run spawn timing: feb-may
Tuccannon wild summer-run spawn timing: feb-may
Asotin Creek wild summer-run spawn timing: feb-may
These are some of the places I have seen you mention...I don't know of a single summer-run population anywhere in washington that spawns in June or July, which is 3.5 months from now....it seems unlikely from a biological standpoint that oregon or idaho streams similar to those I listed would be significantly different in their spawn timing.....where did you get your info on spawn timing Zen
I'm sure you guys never harrased a spawning fish before..mmmhmm. geez Let the kid fish. Go yell at a gillnetter or persainer raping our ocean and sound. The harrassing is in the Pacific Ocean. That's why they are on the ESA list. Not cause of Zen Piscators fly fishing eastside. Duh
It is funny, I witnessed Andy take on a guy twice his size discussing the topic of fishing redds while in the back country. I have also seen him go balistic on snaggers on the Kalama in the Fall. Then there was that time Andy got that guy arrested for driving his jeep up and down one of those listed rivers.
You guys are picking a pretty small battle here. If you want to make a change then get the hatcheries to stop releasing hatchery fish that return to their native streams this time of the year. Andy by far is not the only person fishing those rivers and his tactics are not nearly as bad as what others do.
I have personaly oberseved dozens of paired up steelhead spawning on the wenaha and upper tucannon in mid june. I also caught a spent hatchery steelhead on the touchet while trout fishing about a week after june opener, it was a kelt so I assume it had spawned sometime in that timeframe.
Your information appears to be accurate although I have not oberseved any spawning activity in febuary, yet the walla walla fish are in full spawning mode by middle march.
Zen- thanks for the detailed response...the SASI is generally 'OK' in terms of accuracy, but can often miss details...the spawn timing for west side fish often lists midmarch as the start, when evidence suggests that it can start much earlier...my point in posting the SASI data was just to add some 'fact' to the conjecture that started this debate. Most data sets suggest peak spawning in your area is in March, but as with any normal distribution, there are left and right tails. In terms of the kelt you caught on the touchet, I wouldn't assume necessarily that it had just finished spawning...they can hang around in small water for a LONG time....I caught a winter kelt in late august last year on the NF stilly, and I have seen video of them in september on the Calawah. I am glad to hear (via SteelieMike) that you stand up to idiots out there engaging in illegal and unethical behavior....I do the same thing...just remember to be careful, and when in doubt, just give the poaching hotline and sheriff a call.
Speaking of poaching and what not, for the first time while being in Montana we had to show our liscenses to a warden! I have never been asked before, and I am happy that they are out and about, as the beav is prime poaching water above pipe organ right now, which is closed and loaded with fish.