About keeping Methow River hatchery steelhead

Yakfish

Dad, Angler, Guide
#16
Ladies and Gents,

I have been tracking steelhead returns. They’re high. I’ve been doing my part and have harvested 6 hatchery steelies from the Columbia so far. We had a fillet on the BBQ for Sunday dinner, it was incredible! My thoughts will likely align with WDFW’s for the Methow River. I encourage the department to take a strong position on hatchery steelhead harvest with the guides and for that matter all the catch and release fly fisherman that may not feel comfortable with keeping a hathery steelhead. On another note, I’ve had a great time the last few years on the Columbia and lower Yakima harvesting as many smallmouth as I legally can to fill the freezer with good quality meat and to help control a major salmonid predator. I even bought a bass boat, crazy huh.

We need to help in the management of fisheries, and if harvest is what will help than let's help. If you do keep a fish I promote putting it to good use for table fare.

Tight Lines, David Child

www.dreamflyfishing.com
 

CLO

Future WFF Mod
#22
Not that i catch alot of steelhead, i would if i had boat....but thats another issue. Usually if we go fishing we are in car so not really any room to store a fish. Is there anything against catching a hatchery steelhead and just bonking it there and throwing it back to river? As long as you still write in your catch card and everything of course, i figure it cant do much harm, nutrients for the river?

Just let it go back in the river, someone will catch it again...
 
#23
If I caught a boot hatchery fish I wouldn't be opposed to bonking it and throwing it in the river.

CLO the point of the fishery on the Methow is to remove the hatchery fish not to C&R. They are a huge negative impact on the spawning 'native' steelhead.
 

CLO

Future WFF Mod
#24
If I caught a boot hatchery fish I wouldn't be opposed to bonking it and throwing it in the river.

CLO the point of the fishery on the Methow is to remove the hatchery fish not to C&R. They are a huge negative impact on the spawning 'native' steelhead.

Why is there a limit on hatchery fish then? Why not make the limit 100 fish per day?
 
#26
They should.

I would say that is probably the case because the management at WDFW is so f'ed up. It would be hard to argue that they have been good stewards of the runs.
 
#28
Out of the 20 steelhead or so that my fishin partner and I landed last year from the Met, I think only 2 were hatchery. Most of the fish caught were in March, some in October. Does that jibe with others experience?
 
#30
The logic on the Methow and other UC tribs is completely backwards. WDFW says out of one side of their mouth, "hatchery fish are adversely impacting wild fish, we had better remove them" then out of the other, "we need to mitigate for dams impacts." Two completely incompatible goals in my opinion when you're putting darn near half a million hatchery smolts in the Methow alone. Wild returns have rebounded modestly on many parts of the Snake over the last decade however the UC is still hosed, hatchery fish are making those stocks VERY unproductive (of course dams aren't helping). In the meantime I will fish them because they're gorgeous rivers and bonk every clipped fish I touch.
 

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