Keeping Steelhead on the Wenatchee

alpinetrout

Banned or Parked
#16
You don't have to keep the fish. You can release it back into the river. There is nothing that says you keep what you catch.

Since there is an over abundance of them they wish that you keep them, but you don't have to.
That's not true, Jim. This year they specifically state that hatchery fish must be kept from the upper Columbia tribs and that you must stop fishing once the 4 fish limit is retained.
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#18
Since you never harvest fish, the biggest mistake you are likely to make is forgetting to record it on your catch record card immediately. Make sure you have it, a pen/marker and know the river# you are fishing. Don't worry that much about the bonking, bleeding and cleaning. Just do the best you can and it will be good enough; you'll get better with each fish. If in doubt, ask a nearby fellow angler to help, though the gear guys might chuckle a bit.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#19
I agree with freestone, first things first. Know the river number (and that the stretch is open for fishing and harvest). Record your catch, must have a pen that will write (I've seen guys cited for not having a pen, not sure if those citations stuck or not, but I've seen them written by enforcement officers). Other anglers will show you. I hacked the hell out of my first hatchery coho taken and a very nice older gentleman came over, talked me through the second one and his info to me has been passed to anyone I have seen who might want to know. I'm no expert, but it seems to work. Good luck.

a link to how to video showing another variation:


Go back to that photo and see the bend in the cartilaginous gill material, I make my cut at that location, much like the red line provided in that great photo. You will know that you got it right because teh blood flow will be immediate. When it subsides I insert the tip of my knive into the exit portal of the fish (we all know what the exit portal is, right?) Slide the blade forward toward the center of the underside between the pectoral fins. Open, scrap, pull and cut out all the internal stuff. Make note to use a thumb, blunt blade edge or even a handy small flattened rock to press into the gaps to each side of the spine. There will be a dark red-brown material here that is the kidney (I think), one per side, kidneys can harbor a lot of junk, get that scraped out well, rinsed and then you are set. Before picking up that rod to fish again, did you remember to record that fish on your catch record card? As I understand it you are breaking the rules if you fail to record the fish and continue to fish or leave the water without recording it.
 
#21
Cut a few of the gill rakers not the gill plates. cutting the gill plates will do nothing to bleed the fish or preserve the meat. :)

Also, it's not a bad idea to gut the fish immediatly after you bleed it. Some pacific salmon / trout carry intestinal parasites that will attempt to exit the fish as soon as it is dispatched. Sometimes by burrowing through the meat. They are harmless if you cook the fish properly but it will freak the hell out of your wife if she sees the meat wigglin. ;)
That's what I meant.... Thanks for pointing out my anatomy gaff, I should know better.
 
#22
Since you never harvest fish, the biggest mistake you are likely to make is forgetting to record it on your catch record card immediately. Make sure you have it, a pen/marker and know the river# you are fishing. Don't worry that much about the bonking, bleeding and cleaning. Just do the best you can and it will be good enough; you'll get better with each fish. If in doubt, ask a nearby fellow angler to help, though the gear guys might chuckle a bit.
These are good points. You DO need a WORKING ink pen on you while you fish. My buddy had a run in many years ago on the Sky because his pen was not working and he harvested a fish. He was a teenager at the time and walked up to the game warden and asked to borrow a pen and it didn't go well for him. That particular GW had a reputation though for being a bit of an unnecessary asshole.

Knowing the river number is important as well. I made this mistake on the Wenatchee yesterday. They used to have all of the river codes on the license, but don't anymore. I don't fish the Wenatchee much and got my first hatchery fish yesterday and realized I didn't know the river code. Just texted my buddy to look it up, so no biggie.
 

SpeySpaz

still an authority on nothing
#24
I just went and grabbed three pens and stuck them into my new vest as well as my catch card.
Bob's tip of the day---
always keep a pen inside your waders. The one in the vest will only work when fish aren't biting...but when you wade deep, fish in the rain, and fish in cold temps they quit working fast.
Then you kill a fish, pen won't let you punch it, and you're stuck.
Actually, I'm thinking about getting one of those Space Pens for fishing...thanks for reminding me!
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#25
I'm thinking about getting one of those Space Pens for fishing...
Here is the one I keep in my wallet along with my lic. and record card. It's so tiny you won't even know it's there - until you need it. http://www.spacepen.com/bluestowawaypenwithclip.aspx

It's barely longer than a credit card and smalller around than a straw. At $10, it's also way cheaper than the other models.

Daniel, if you are going to keep your paperwork in your vest, put it in a baggie. It's supposed to be waterproof, but trust me, you'll wish you had if you don't and it gets wet. And if you're steelheading, you will get wet.
 
#26
You don't have to keep the fish. You can release it back into the river. There is nothing that says you keep what you catch.

Since there is an over abundance of them they wish that you keep them, but you don't have to.
Instead of "grouchy old man" you name should be dumbf**k retarded person. Good thing you aren't fishing every day on these streams, or you would have a HECK OF ALOT OF $300 fines to deal with D***f***
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#27
Actually, I'm thinking about getting one of those Space Pens for fishing...thanks for reminding me!
I've got one in each of my waders' zippered pockets. I've got one in each of my sling bags, hip and back packs. I love getting more of them as gifts (hint) and have them in my truck, car, jackets, work desk...nothing in moderation for me. I've written in just about every type of storm and temperature and will go on record swearing by them. When I retired my crew got me a bunch of them because I only used those pens (in subdued black of course) and those that were in my retirement ceremony got one as a gift from me. Yeah, I like those pens for my fishing needs and they make a nifty emergency device too...but let's not go there again.
 
#28
Instead of "grouchy old man" you name should be dumbf**k retarded person. Good thing you aren't fishing every day on these streams, or you would have a HECK OF ALOT OF $300 fines to deal with D***f***
Dude way out of line! And clueless as well. OMJ is often reminding people to check the regs. In this case, in a state he doesn't live in, on a river he is not fishing, regarding an emergency regulations posted a few weeks ago he was incorrect. Oh and regarding rules....check the forum rules....
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#29
Instead of "grouchy old man" you name should be dumbf**k retarded person. Good thing you aren't fishing every day on these streams, or you would have a HECK OF ALOT OF $300 fines to deal with D***f***
Cheezeandrice RRB, OMJ has over 13,000 posts and on occasion he may lay a lead egg. You've got 34 and are jumping his shit? Why not grow the hell up and merely post that for the particular fishery, which is not in MT where OMJ is currently living, the current regs are retain all hatchery fish up to four and stop fishing. I guess you'd rather just emerge as another knee jerk shit jumper.

(sorry all, not normally my style, but give me a freaking break)
 

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