Just because you don’t see them or don’t get checked doesn’t mean they aren’t there. It is fairly easy to watch a fisherman for a few minutes and know whether they are playing by the rules. Why waste time checking a fisherman you are fairly certain is legal? I fish the lower Skagit a lot and have never been checked yet I know I have been watched and at the same time others on the river were ticketed for poaching. How do I know? I seen others get tickets and asked a warden at the launch why I was never checked. I was told I had been observed numerous times and they saw nothing wrong. Also I was told my truck, trailer and boat license were run and found to be up to date and the owner, me, had a valid fishing license. The problem is not enough money for enforcement and not enough wardens patrolling.
I drive a POS truck with a POS trailer. My raft is 25 years old and usually has empty beer cans in it. Basically I look like a poacher. I’ve been checked once in the last 10 years.