Washington Native and college age angler
Fair enough. I get what you’re saying better now. I was more coming from the fact that I think it’s ridiculous that they must calculate 10% of the fish caught will die and that that calculation directly effects if there is a season or not. When in reality we know that number is lower. I think that number can be effected by our actions when we encounter fish towards the end of their migration.I contend that it will do jack fucking squat for fish. I can not think of 1 scenario where improvements in fish returns can be attributed to a change in the sportfishing rulebook. None. You are not going to find it.
Your using a solution to a problem that does not exist.
I really have no idea why people continue to harp on miniscule C&R impacts when they just really don't matter. It hurts my head.
Is that going to effect the escapement in the future more than snowpack or ocean conditions probably not now that I think about it but if every fish caught was dragged up on the rocks and held out of the water when it’s that close to finishing the job and spawning then I think it would but it’s true that is obviously not the case.
Lots of people did get triggered this fall on this very sub forum when they saw some fall steelhead caught with barbed hooks and were being held out of the water so I don’t see why it’s not fair to talk about our direct impact even though there are other prominent issues at hand we can’t just solve one and expect a result. Obviously multiple solutions is better.