9x Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year
Thanks Curt. The 153 number was from a creel checker yesterday. Obvioislu more fish were caught yesterday, so the # is now above 153.To WW's point.
As I recall WDFW designed a fishery for this season that was to be limited by a 76 impact/harvest or 760 fish handled (released).
If indeed as Goty reports there were 153 fish caught in February just 100 encounters/a 4 day week would last to just about the 4/13 closure. The real kicker will be what the river conditions will be over the next 6 weeks. Historically it has not been uncommon to loss significant fishing time on the Skagit/Sauk in the spring.
Hopefully WDFW will soon be posting updated results of the 2021 creel info for this fishery on their web site.
My understanding from the meetings years ago was a run of 4-6k fish allows 10% harvest. Rec anglers get half of that, so 5% of the run. Given assumed 10% CnR mortality, this would imply 50% of the run could be CnRd by rec anglers.
Has the math changed or was my understanding incorrect? Or both?