I think it would be hard to draw that conclusion since there's no control group. You would have to do something along the lines of wait a few decades for the runs to "max out", then allow fishing for a few years/decades, and try to see if there are impacts.I realize I am very ignorant of most of issues regarding declining fish numbers, but will the possible Elwah recovery act as a good control to see if terminal actions on limiting fishing will help?
for those opposed to the boat ban, does anyone actually think that survival and spawning success is not increased with fewer fish hooked ?
anyone think a bait ban is a bad idea ?
would anyone rather see complete closure ?
i'm sure most of us would rather see the nets disappear, but with so few fish making back to the river, every individual fish becomes that much more important. again, the reason why catch and release mortality and the effect of hooking and handling (especially time out of water) on spawning success IS so SIGNIFICANT.
Why would you leave the boat? I fish from shore but generally bring a boat on fishing trips. A day drifting a river is a good day. You can still use the boat for transport.I am curious how many folks are leaving their boats at home and heading out there. I normally bank fish the OP and hike into choice spots. I most likly will not go out there but am curious if these spots are going to be jammed like never before.
When the hopeful become hopeless, we're all doomed!If folks thinking of fishing the OP rivers were truly concern about spawning steelhead being able to "do the deed" unmolested or the success of that spawning they would limit their fishing to before March first!
Somehow in spite of much the talk on this site and elsewhere most anglers are not really concerned with success of the steelhead but rather their own fishing; preferably by their preferred method(s).
Just another reason the resource is doomed!