guide fish don't count
All I'm saying is that if you take a trip down to the reservation and see the fish they are selling you would probably change your mind.
As a conservationist, it is really disappointing knowing that dozens of wild steelhead and hundreds of wild kings and silvers are being scooped up by gillnets at the end of thier journey. It definitely puts a big dent in the runs.
Sadly there is not enough fish around to satisfy both the rec angler and the tribes. We're just fighting over what's left at this point.
My mind changed a while ago. If you don't like fish dying move to trout country. Spend more time upriver (or on facebook) and check out the salmon being poached off redds using rod and reel. Look for carcasses of bright wild winter steelhead left on the bank next to the borax from the previous night's poaching operation. Imagine hundreds of dead pinks shot out of a 3' wide spawning trib upriver with an AR-15 left to rot. Not just tribes and nets killing the end of the journey around here. I've had outboards stolen by tribes, bought fish and shellfish from tribes, worked along side tribes, facilitated previously mentioned news articles that exposed tribes, and got vaccinated by tribes. At the end of the day some of us are good, some need a leash regardless of who you are or how you fish. 10 years ago I would never have bought and eaten gill net-caught wild Skagit Chinook but I did 2 weeks ago from an elder and it was delicious. Actually been doing that for a while now and I suggest you support your local tribal fisherman that plays by the rules as well. If there's harvestable numbers of a stock predicted to return, the same amount will die by the end of the season regardless of the method. It's a 50-50 split between sport and tribe using best available tools to make sure everyone gets their share. It's far from perfect and not everybody is happy but it's what it is and rec's should feel lucky because if that decision were to be made today it would not be good for non-native fisherman. Believing tribes and nets are the problem is 110% uneducated and not productive moving forward whatsoever. Playing the game respectively and taking action against those who don't is the best we can do besides hanging up our gear or moving to trout country