Nets in Purdy

I can't say it was illegally fished-I was pointing out that the web in your photo was gillnet material-not seine web. I do not know the regulations for Hood Canal but most are posted somewhere online. I do know there is a 1000' boundary around the mouth of Minter bay. Regulations can and will be different between Tribes and areas.
Bill, welcome to the site. So tell me, the net I have shown is illegal to use from a beach as it was used? My other question for you is the tribes rules for netting distance from a creek mouth in the Hood Canal. Several years ago now, I was told by the Skok Tribe officer that it was 1000'. The guys I saw this year (not Skokomish Tribe) told me the rule for them was 600'. If so, is that rule different for different tribes?
Hello I am new to this forum. I am the Fish Biologist/Harvest Manager for the Squaxin Island Tribe. The Tribal fishery in Carr Inlet is jointly managed by the Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes (Squaxin, Puyallup and Nisqually) and WDFW. We have the a very close and great relationship managing these fisheries in the South Sound.

I encourage you to please contact me at anytime if you have a question regarding the Medicine Creek Fisheries in Carr Inlet or any fisheries that may be specific to Squaxin Island Tribe. Squaxin fishing areas are Marine Areas 13, 13D-K. Also all of Squaxin Tribes current fishing regulations as well as our Annual Fishing regulation are available online, this includes Medicine Creek Regulations.
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Hope this is helpful.



We work to become, not to acquire.
Welcome and Thank you for posting the regulations for our area. What gets alot of the locals is when they see the nets set from shore to shore. Both in Henderson Bay(Purdy bridge) and Ollala (by the bridge at Al's). In Purdy I have seen large SRC dead in the net. I did not have a net guage but the opening seemed smaller than 5 inches. Hopefully with the regs posted and dialogue we will know what can and can't be done. We all need to understand that the resources are becoming finite and the need to conserve the same.


Human Being...a work in progress
Ladies and Gentlemen: Nice to see that contributors to the thread have for the most part retained their good manners. This is a confusing and emotional topic. Kudos to those of you who are hanging in there and listening to each other.

It is always refreshing to see such a conspicuous absence of name-calling, finger pointing, profanity and invitations to a gun fight over such an emotional issue – congratulations to all !! :beer2:



We work to become, not to acquire.
It pays to understand the history behind the issue. Although most don't agree with rights entitled under the ruling. I feel it does need to be updated and better managed for our current times. It has been hashed out before and we don't really need to go there, searching the forum will bring up past posts. It does amaze me how cruel people can be...While fishing uner the bridge when the nets are out you hear the most hateful obscenities being hurled at them. I have searched the net for local tribal regulations and didn't find what I wanted so at least this discussion brought out those regs.
Tight Lines
So who is going to introduce Bill to fly fishing? He sounds like sympathetic steward of our fragile fishery and a future fly fisher.

I'd like to do it. i was going to write him anyway. I live in Olympia, and am active in local fishing and conservation activities. I'd like to broaden our net work. I've taken DFW biologists out fishing, volunteer in field studies, and want to extend the invitation to Bill and to Joseph Peters.

I'll ping both with a PM to make sure they are aware of my offer.

Bob Jones

Still truckless now farther away
Gentlemen, all of you have certainly kept to that behavior and for me a newcomer to this type discussion I do appreciate that and the knowledge that was given out here today I do hope that you will all percivere in your actions that will help all of us coutinue to work together rather than the continual name calling and fighting. We all need to rely on the avalilability of the things we need to make a living and to support our families And for the ways we also enjoy for our recreation without distroying the things that the others of us need too. I wish you all the best in your futher indevours and that Don and Bill and Joseph find themselves in a great friendship gained from their desire to learn each others way of fishing and how all of us may benifit from their knowledge. Happy fishin guys wish I could be there too this is a great start and would be something to watch.
Will is right I do like to tell stories...well at least talk. But Don, you are used to that fishing with Larry. Now if you get me and Larry together not sure anybody else will get a word in.


We work to become, not to acquire.
It is Federal law set by the treaties of Isaac Stevens in the mid 1800's then later enforced by the Boldt decision. It would pretty much take an act of congress to change it. Search for both it is a fun read. We got land they got 50% of the fish in their usual and accustomed areas which is a "right" under those treaties. When we fish it is "privalege" granted by Washington state.
Tight lines...


"Chasing Riseforms"
Forgive me, as I don't know my Native American history worth a damn, but I guess I need to read more. The term "usual and accustomed fishing grounds" is somewhat of a nebulous term to me. Seems to me, as an example, is why is the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe fishing down in central Hood Canal or lower? I wouldn't consider this "usual and accustomed fishing grounds". Farther north, yes. What am I missing here? I would consider the Suquamish Tribes usual and accustomed fishing grounds, in my mind, from areas like Point No Point, to Bremerton, and south to maybe Gig Harbor and not the Hood Canal. I don't know if they fish the Hood Canal today, however, but that's what I would call usual and accustomed fishing grounds.