The article is over 10 years old and is about the Nooksack. Basically it has nothing to do with the Skagit or any netting on the Skagit.http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2010/06/10/1473462/efforts-under-way-to-remove-derelict.html Jun, 11, 2010 Efforts under way to remove derelict fishing gear from Nooksack River KIE RELYEA / THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Tribal and wildlife crews have removed at least two dozen lost and...www.washingtonflyfishing.com
To the best of my knowledge, WFF is the only site where this article still exists. It was me and 6 friends (2 WfDFW friends) that got this done. Over 100 derelict Nooksack and Lummi nation nets were removed. No problem with tribal fishing but….
I used to fish the Skagit hard this time of year. Old age is slowing me down and I don’t get out like I used to. Back in my good days I would fish 3 or more days a week this time of year. Many of those days I shared the river with native fishermen. Never had an issue. In all those years fishing the lower river I came across two nets. One appeared to have been in the river for some time. The other was not as old and weathered but had been in the water for awhile. It seemed to me these nets got hung on the bottom and they cut free what they couldn’t save. Both nets were hung up on debris in deep side channels and appeared when the river dropped quite low. In both cases I reported the nets to the Skagit River Cooperative. Back then more tribes belong to it. In both cases the two nets were gone the next day. I got a phone call on one for a more detailed location. Perhaps more effort could have been put forth to remove the nets when they were first lost. I don’t know. I wasn’t there at the time. I have never seen an entire abandoned net in the Skagit.