You must retain your first two hatchery fish on the Methow

#31
Went yesterday and my low expectations were a reality. On top of the issues I foresaw, it didn't cross my mind that there was such a huge run of kings up there this year. The river is just full of moldy, spawning kings. The spots where the steelhead usually sit are full of salmon. Made for a pretty frustrating day, especially since they weren't shy about eating a swung fly. Reeling in a moldy king = not epic.
 

BDD

Active Member
#32
Evan,

Good seeing and talking with you yesterday on the Met.

I was in the area working and fished four straight days, never more than an hour or two at a time and always at either at first or last light. Primarily swinging, I had two grabs in those four days, though I did (cough) throw a bobber on a Spey rod one of the days, mostly out of frustration and didn't do any better with that method either. Long gone are the days of making a couple casts and catching a couple of hatchery fish.

My complaint is why folks don't identify the origin of the fish before netting it? There is no reason to net a fish that is planned to be released. I guess it wouldn't bother me much except you never see knotless nets used (or large enough) to properly land steelhead. Wearing waders and using barbless hooks should allow the natural origin fish to be quickly and carefully released in the water, without netting or banging on the rocks.
 
#33
I net wilds to keep from prolonging the fight. I can have one in the net before it runs off again. I'd rather do that than wait til it's too tired to keep fighting.
 
#34
I don't fish the Methow but have a question regarding the must keep hatchery fish regulation.
Is the goal to remove as many hatchery fish as possible? If so, why limit the daily limit to two fish?
What about four fish? Many rivers in the state have regs that offer liberal catch limits when excess fish are available.
The only downside I can think of by increasing the daily limit is the additional fishing time might increase the encounters with wild fish.
What would be your thoughts on this and thanks for your input.
SF
You nailed it on the head.
 

BDD

Active Member
#35
I net wilds to keep from prolonging the fight. I can have one in the net before it runs off again. I'd rather do that than wait til it's too tired to keep fighting.
Nothing wrong with that approach but I saw fish caught by bank anglers without waders who once they get them in the net (not knotless) take an inordinate amount of time to determine whether it was a "keeper" or not, all the while, having the fish thrash about on the rocks, half in and half out of the water. The scene, repeated over several times didn't sit well with me.
 

BDD

Active Member
#39
I thought it was a regulation that if you use a net it must be of the knotless type on the methow & lake pateros..
Not sure as I didn't read the regs carefully (since I don't use a net steelhead fishing) but I do know that statewide, knotless nets are required for all selective gear fisheries, which would include the Methow but apparently not Lake Pateros as I saw a ton of guys using shrimp in the Columbia.
 

bennysbuddy

the sultan of swing
#41
Not sure as I didn't read the regs carefully (since I don't use a net) but I do know that statewide, knotless nets are required for all selective gear fisheries, which would include the Methow but apparently not Lake Pateros as I saw a ton of guys using shrimp in the Columbia.
In the past bait was legal on the lake, but as a hatchery only kill fishery knotless nets were required lakeside, haven't looked at this years regs as of yet
 
#42
Thinking about the incredible journey that both hatchery or native steelhead make (dams, warm water, ocean predation, nets, idiots, etc) I considerate a a near miracle that they are even in the Methow river! I live within two hours of fishing this River but usually end up fishing a favorite lake in the area instead due to the Godless hoards including a growing number of gear fisherman that plug almost every piece of fishable water.
 

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