August Pink Reports

Chris Bellows

Your Preferred WFF Poster
It's my understanding that on Thursday Sept 1st, the duwee below Spokane will be open daily. Can anyone confirm this since the regs are as clear as mud. We stayed away from the madness this weekend and sounds like from all the boat traffic that it was a good decision.
that's how i read the regs.
 
well i dont mind offending anyone, every day i have been out i have seen boats overloaded with white people, keeping everything, i even watched as fish were transfered from one boat to another, which sped off and returned shortly, these guys have no problem when the fish are thick, keeping 20 apiece i bet, its all in the south sound at redondo, they dont have crab pots but seem to return with crabs, they are all white, and the most rude people i have ever seen. they are all white as crackers and happen to be russian. i'm sorry if reporting observations is racist, i keep forgeting we are not supposed to report observations of groups unless they are white, but these guys are close enough i figure.
Interesting, lived in the Seattle area for 20+ years, didn't hear any Russian being spoken until I started hanging out at Alki in West Seattle. I guess there's a sizable russian population in west seattle?

I don't doubt this report at all. Was at Spokane all day today, a family to the right of me. Young adult, 20-30, not russian or hispanic, caught at least 6 pinks. They left all their garbage there, Icehouse light cans... one of which made it into the river.

Luckily some people came afterwards with heavy-duty garbage cans and clean up after them.
 
I am so tired of the effing nets and snaggers.

Last week, they took in 150,000 lbs of pinks between 2 boats in one day. That is approximately 30-40k fish.
Now they are planning to net tonight till Friday, when will this ever stop.

The biggest snag fest I have seen all weekend came from the container docks.
Those 3 a-holes snagged around 15 fish while we watched. I left the WSP a text but no reply.

I am calling the people at Matson container company tomorrow and port of Seattle to bitch.
PLEASE
Read my post on page 24 about the WDFW Poaching Hotline and the Texting program. It is only operable Mon-Fri 8A-5P. Outside of those hours you MUST call the Washington State Patrol, NOT WDFW!
 
What a bummer reading all these posts about poaching! I'm glad people are doing the right thing and reporting them though.

Anyways, went out to PnP Sunday morning. I got there at 7 and people were already leaving with fish and a number of them on the beach. Over the next couple hours I saw a couple more come in (one on a fly) but not too much action. The boats started getting thick and hooking up frequently around 8:30-9. Lots of junk in the water after that so I bagged it arond 9:30. It was fun getting out there but man has my casting suffered after a few years with not much fishing! haha
 

JayB

Active Member
This is my first year fishing for Pinks in Washington (and my first year back in the state since 2001.) Is the netting going to completely kill fishing? Is it work my time to go to Tacoma area beaches on Tuesday. Do any fish go around the nets?

matthew
Seems like the netting in the sound is much less likely to kill off the fishing entirely since as of yet no one is setting nets that span the entire channel. In this particular setting, the nets are spread from opposite sides of the channel and you've got to be one lucky fish to make it through. If there are still fish heading to the Puyallup, I'd think you've still got a decent shot even if there's netting going on.

FWIW back in 2009 the nets went in around the 9th (I think), and it seemed like the main pulse of fish had passed through at that time. The fishing didn't open until the 1st, and when I dropped by the Spokane street bridge on the 29th or so there were already 50-100K fish milling around in the east channel.

From what I've seen, the numbers were just starting to really build as of yesterday, so I'd expect that the main pulse of fish is going to run strait into the nets during this run. What that means for subsequent runs is anyone's guess, and I don't have the background to know if there's a point of which so many fish are in the system that you can retain everything beyond that number and not affect the health of the run - but my hunch is that this will have a negative impact on returns in '11.
 
Seems like the netting in the sound is much less likely to kill off the fishing entirely since as of yet no one is setting nets that span the entire channel. In this particular setting, the nets are spread from opposite sides of the channel and you've got to be one lucky fish to make it through. If there are still fish heading to the Puyallup, I'd think you've still got a decent shot even if there's netting going on.

FWIW back in 2009 the nets went in around the 9th (I think), and it seemed like the main pulse of fish had passed through at that time. The fishing didn't open until the 1st, and when I dropped by the Spokane street bridge on the 29th or so there were already 50-100K fish milling around in the east channel.

From what I've seen, the numbers were just starting to really build as of yesterday, so I'd expect that the main pulse of fish is going to run strait into the nets during this run. What that means for subsequent runs is anyone's guess, and I don't have the background to know if there's a point of which so many fish are in the system that you can retain everything beyond that number and not affect the health of the run - but my hunch is that this will have a negative impact on returns in '11.
That's they way I remember it. It opened on Sept. 1st and we had about a week of fishing before the nets went up and killed it. Now they are in a before the Sept. 1st sport fishing opener effectively killing the sport fishing before it even opens up on a daily basis. Got to say that stinks. Why couldn't they wait the extra few days like they did in 2009 and give the sport guys a shot and some fun?
 

Ian Broadie

Flyfishing is so "Metal"
Took the boy out this morning and I was surprised that he made it about three hours, he was able to cast gear for a while, and I went 1 for 1 during a rather slow morning on the mighty Snoho.
 
Took the boy out this morning and I was surprised that he made it about three hours, he was able to cast gear for a while, and I went 1 for 1 during a rather slow morning on the mighty Snoho.
Too bad it was quiet. I took a neighbor kid out on Sunday morning. He didn't catch anything, but I went 5 for 7. Not many of the gear guys did very well despite the tons of fish in the river. Every fish I landed still had sea lice and no signs of any hump yet. I wish I could fish on weekdays.
 

P.Dieter

Just Another Bubba
people are such whiners I hesitate to say anything but the nets are out of inner elliott bay. I think the mush mouthed muckleshoot hotline (very hard to understand what he's saying) says they they went to an emergency closure at noon today.

Please note that the fishery is also still closed thru Aug for weekday recreational fishing.