Anyone float the Queets lately?

#2
Haven't floated it recently, but its never been productive for me and a fly rod. Walking down the Salmon River has been good for a couple of cutts.
 

Jim Kerr

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#4
I have not since the end of king season in November. The Salmon did not get a hatchery plant to return this year, and I believe the tribes are still netting 7 days a week, so, it can be a bit sparse..that said shouldn't be much of a crowd and there is some lovely water in there.
 

Salmo_g

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#6
If you float all the way to Hwy 101 you'll be floating through a lot of reservation water that you cannot fish without a tribal guide. Most folks float Hartzel to the Clearwater bridge and take out, and even that tail end of the float is on the Quinault reservation.

Sg
 
#7
If you float all the way to Hwy 101 you'll be floating through a lot of reservation water that you cannot fish without a tribal guide. Most folks float Hartzel to the Clearwater bridge and take out, and even that tail end of the float is on the Quinault reservation.

Sg
 
#8
Salmo g is right about the end of the drift. They are netting hoh monday thru wed at noon and Quil and Quinault m-f but soon to be Monday thru Thur, no weekend netting. Reports from most of the coastal waters has been good this week, Quinault system and hoh probably the most fish...
 
#10
It was a beautiful day. In short the water was perfect for the swing. I caught and released one nice bull trout of 17" and another of 15". There were a few other boats on the river but everyone practiced good river etiquette. Witnessed a gear guy (diver and bait or plug) hook up to what I assumed to be a giant native. The fish never got closer than 40 yards and eventually won the battle for freedom.
 
#11
The WDFW site shows the netting schedule for the Queets and unless there is missing info. the nets were supposed to be pulled Nov. 23. I'm guessing there is a different schedule or no schedule at all on the Tribe web page?
 
#13
The netting schedule you are after is here: http://209.206.175.157/Fishing Regs/queets commercial.pdf. In other words, Sun-Fri until they "scale back" to just Mon-Fri on Mar 4, except--of course--there are "freshet conditions" which impairs the potential success of a gillnet fishery; under such conditions additional day(s) will be added to the schedule.

I actually support a tribal fishery in some capacity, but what they do on the Queets is inexcusable. I can't remember a day in my last 10 trips over the Queets via 101 when nets weren't strung bank-to-bank. That there are still fishable numbers of anything in the river is a testament to these great fish's ability to survive.
 
#14
Wow, that's unfortunate to say the least. Are the numbers of fish killed recorded in some way? Where I'm going is that setting a quota pre-season and closing once the quota is met sounds reasonable to me.
 

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