Flawed rationale in WSC's proposed boat bans? (Part 1)

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
#46
Sg, or how about 20 C&R wild steelhead/year? At 5% mortality, that translates to 1 dead steelhead/year/angler. Each angler would have to record/punch every steelhead they land, wild and hatchery. After 20 wild's, you stop steelheading for the year. Hatchery fish are mandatory harvest up X/day, depending on the system. Get X/day, you are done for the day. This way, if one is seen releasing a fish, they had better have marked it as a wild or they should have kept it if was a hatchery fish. Release a fish that you didn't either mark on your card or keep, you are done for the year if caught. Pretty simple.
I particularly like the idea of mandatory retention of legal bonker steelhead, and of course, no more fishing once the limit is retained. I like that fish intended for harvest, get harvested and a few of the fair weather zoo's would probably depopulate. I'm not sure how it would work for guides (what do you do with a client who bonks two fish in 45 minutes of their 8 hour booking...drink and float?) or for some of the popular long term fish camps (you can only keep so many fish in possession). If you're looking to reduce impacts, it think keeping anglers from doing C&R all day would be more effective that banning fishing from boats. And this rule could be applied evenly to anglers of all walks, and not cut anyone (disabled, etc.) out of the game.
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#47
I'm not sure how it would work for guides (what do you do with a client who bonks two fish in 45 minutes of their 8 hour booking...drink and float?).
David, this is already the situation for guides on the Upper Columbia and tribs - Wenatchee, Methow, Entiat, Okanagan, etc. - as people must harvest the first two fish.
 

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
#48
David, this is already the situation for guides on the Upper Columbia and tribs - Wenatchee, Methow, Entiat, Okanagan, etc. - as people must harvest the first two fish.
Don't get me wrong, good policy should not be taken off the table for a single user group. I think your idea has lots of merit.
 

Derek Young

Emerging Rivers Guide Services
#49
Nature abhors a vacuum. If angling from boats becomes illegal, then won't anglers simply develop methods and tools to reach those fish from the banks? Oh, is that already happening? My bad.
 

Chris Bellows

Your Preferred WFF Poster
#50
Nature abhors a vacuum. If angling from boats becomes illegal, then won't anglers simply develop methods and tools to reach those fish from the banks? Oh, is that already happening? My bad.
there's always a chance some new technique will be developed, but what no-boat angling does create is a rule that requires every angler to fish and it is the angler's ability that results in fish. it is tougher for guides who can get clients into fish pulling plugs or side drifting, but i think we can agree that good guides should certainly be able to teach people how to fish.

there are many guided anglers that do not care to actually fish (examples include plug fishing or downrigger fishing in the salt) but there will still be more water available for these techniques under the proposals (which the department is not recommending and will not happen) than water closed to fishing out of boats.
 

Derek Young

Emerging Rivers Guide Services
#51
Chris, you write a fishing blog based upon fishing with a kayak. Are you advocating for no fishing from all floating crafts, or just drift boats? A lot of anglers prefer the drift boat experience for many reasons over wading.
 

attack

Active Member
#52
You can make this a very complicated issue if you want. But it can also be very simple. There are two sides. One is willing to sacrifice a little for the good of the fish (ex. ban fishing from a boat). The other side is willing to place the blame on everything but themselves and will fight til the bitter end over the very last fish.
 

Chris Bellows

Your Preferred WFF Poster
#53
Chris, you write a fishing blog based upon fishing with a kayak. Are you advocating for no fishing from all floating crafts, or just drift boats? A lot of anglers prefer the drift boat experience for many reasons over wading.
no one, let me repeat, no one is trying to ban fishing from boats statewide... or even on the majority of water on any single river system. even if every proposal for "no fishing from boats" passed there would still be far more water on the coast open to fishing from a boat than without. this is hardly an "all or none proposition."

i understand the joy of fishing from a boat, and find your bringing up my kayak fishing amusing. almost every place i fish out of a kayak cannot be wade fished. i hear there is a halibut angler who favors a boat fishing ban... maybe he's a hypocrite too.
 

Derek Young

Emerging Rivers Guide Services
#54
no one, let me repeat, no one is trying to ban fishing from boats statewide... or even on the majority of water on any single river system. even if every proposal for "no fishing from boats" passed there would still be far more water on the coast open to fishing from a boat than without. this is hardly an "all or none proposition."

i understand the joy of fishing from a boat, and find your bringing up my kayak fishing amusing. almost every place i fish out of a kayak cannot be wade fished. i hear there is a halibut angler who favors a boat fishing ban... maybe he's a hypocrite too.
 

hydrological

beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto
#56
one of my favorite reasons for fishing the Deschutes. no one will drop anchor 50' below, in the middle of the run you are swinging, and start chucking bobbers and gear. wouldn't that be nice on the Klick? or the Ronde? an especially good idea for those smaller rivers, where the potential for conflict is much higher. and the rule doesn't discriminate against anyone except the laziest , and those that feel they need to catch trout size numbers when they are steelhead fishing. you can get out of the boat to wade and throw nymphs or hardware. and leveling the playing field where boat "anglers" were'nt catching those numbers of fish is a good thing, for fish and fisherman. every fish not caught from a boat is one more that's willing to grab for someone making the effort to earn it.
 
#57
[quote="David Dalan, post: 770756, member: 811 If you're looking to reduce impacts, it think keeping anglers from doing C&R all day would be more effective that banning fishing from boats. And this rule could be applied evenly to anglers of all walks, and not cut anyone (disabled, etc.) out of the game.[/quote]

This would be very hard to enforce, given the staffing levels @ wdfw.
 
#58
Have not read through the 3 pages of debate - my 2 cents...this boat ban needs some more thought. Its only a few boats screwing this up for everyone and causing the complaints. I don't fish gear and would be glad (sorry) if gear were gone.

BUT, Banning ALL boats is way too reactive. I'd like it sometimes because of the super floating douches that occasionally go by while i'm fishing (fly/gear/bait whatever), but i see just as many walking douches on the banks. I highly doubt the boat fishermen with good etiquette are effecting the #s as much as ocean nets, poachers, netting etc....if that is the logic behind this ban. If it is, i want to see the study.

Why not create a license system for guides like other rivers.
Ban anchoring up?
Are jet-boats 'bad' for rivers - do you ban those first to start? (Dont know, throwing it out there).

Think this is a bad idea. Those who are mad that a boat pulled up in their swing run (I like to throw the spey more than any other method) voicing their opinion more than everyone else catching fish?

Lot of guys rely on guiding. This will put them out of $$$, i think this could hurt small town $$$ etc. Lets look at some other ideas to accomplish the same objectives....
 

hydrological

beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto
#59
Have not read through the 3 pages of debate - my 2 cents...this boat ban needs some more thought. Its only a few boats screwing this up for everyone and causing the complaints

i believe the proposed ban is in certain places, and is to reduce the exeptional pressure that fishing FROM boats puts on the fish, not to reduce conflict. that would just be a bonus. but i'm not a WA resident, and may have misinterpreted the original post.

Why not create a license system for guides
washington doesn't require guides to be licensed?