I dont understand why people feel the need to protect non indigenous, invasive species. They may not be consuming truckloads of smolts, however, they are taking over a niche in an important ecosystem.
Taking over what niche? They have been here for over 80 years, if there was a niche to takeover they would have already done so and any effects been apparent. They're a scapegoat for the department and environmentalist groups so they dont have to spend money, time, and resources on the more expensive or controversial things like actually developing better habitat, breaching dated useless dams, and getting fish back in the upper half of the Columbia. The science doesnt back up this proposal at all, the only thing they will accomplish with this ruling is decimating a year round fishing opportunity and further alienating themselves from the angling base in this state. The state will never rid itself of the warmwater fish, thats a fact. Instead they should manage them properly. Studies on the Lower Yakima showed that the 8-12" class of Smallmouth was not only the largest population, but also the most piscivorous when it came to Salmon smolts. A targeted slot limit allowing large harvest of this size class while protecting the larger fish would help all the feel goods pretend like they're doing something for the salmon while also helping sustain a recreational fishery. Unfortunately for WDFW this bill is being pushed on them and the biologists are being told to keep their mouths shut when it comes to whether or not they agree with the proposal.I dont understand why people feel the need to protect non indigenous, invasive species. They may not be consuming truckloads of smolts, however, they are taking over a niche in an important ecosystem.
last I checked most lakes in central wa were stocked with "invasive" rainbow trout that weren't there before.
"WATER" is a "invasive" substance in most of eastern Washington.