Hoh River Wild Steelhead Run Fails Again!

#2
Of course not. The poor river needs a management plan. I'm no scientist but I'm quite sure it's difficult to successfully spawn when you swim into a gill net. Last spring on into June was brutal/disgusting to watch, reading the number 2,218 made my stomach drop. The state and tribe have got to work together end of story!
 

_WW_

Geriatric Skagit Swinger
#3
Take heart, the species is being "banked" and preserved in the Skagit. Lots of fish and no fishermen...sweeping federal regulations at work. Be careful what you wish for...closures are easy...getting them re-opened is nearly impossible...even when the feds agree with you.
 
#5
Sad to see river after river just falling apart, and nothing gets done about it. I mean, it is very obvious that things are getting severely f*&%$ed out there, but there are no changes. Such a shame.
 
#6
Anyone have any suggestions on who to contact (email) and have actual conversation with on a state employee level who has any sort of stake on the coastal rivers and particularly anyone who works directly with the hoh tribe(if such an individual exists)? I have some questions I'd like to aim at the right people. I promise no mean emails, all I want is to understand. Thanks
 

bennysbuddy

the sultan of swing
#7
Sad to see river after river just falling apart, and nothing gets done about it. I mean, it is very obvious that things are getting severely f*&%$ed out there, but there are no changes. Such a shame.
I'm sure the feds would be happy to manage the coastal rivers just like the puget sound rivers are managed, So enjoy the fishing while it lasts. Those of us that fished the Skagit /Sauk system years ago know first hand what going to happen..
 
#10
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Take heart, the species is being "banked" and preserved in the Skagit. Lots of fish and no fishermen...sweeping federal regulations at work. Be careful what you wish for...closures are easy...getting them re-opened is nearly impossible...even when the feds agree with you.
Let's take proactive measures now before they close, but very few folks want to take on it on the chin and limit their opportunity for success.
 
#11
Self imposed c n r limits are a good start. Each of us can take it upon ourselves to regulate our behavior and our impact upon the fish. I limit myself to 2 per day and only spend a couple days a year on the hoh. After I release my 2nd fish, I'm done for the day... and happy. I have very little influence over the actions of others, but I can control what I do.
 

Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
#12
Escapement goal was 2,400. The riun was 2,200+. Given standard deviation etc. I am betting the state feels like they hit the number right on.
Let me check that a bit. The state isn't a person, so it doesn't feel. However, the argument could be made (and will be) that the stated goal was 2,400 fish spawning. The escapement came in within 5% of the goal or so (mental math). Anyone wishing for a continuation of the status quo would say that it was a nearly perfectly managed year.

The problem is the goal. The goal of management is the problem here.

C&R sportfishing is not the problem. No limits upon C&R sportfishing will help the fish one iota. The only change to help the Hoh fish is a change in the stated and actual goal of management.

Well that and some kick ass ocean survival rates.

Go Red Sox,
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bennysbuddy

the sultan of swing
#13
I'm pretty sure the native americans aren't going to stop netting the Hoh, It's been over seven years since I have fished that river. maybe its time for others to be apart of the solution & go fish somewhere else.
 

Mike Danahy

@#)$%# river otters!
#14
Not managing for a minimum number of fish would be ideal. I'd still like to see a no fishing from boats type regulation. Have there been any studies on the number of fishermen on that river? I stopped fishing over there five years ago, due to the netting and the overcrowding. I felt that the fish didn't stand a chance, even if every fisherman out there did everything perfectly. I may not be a part of a solution, but at least I'm not part of the problem any more.
 
#15
the Hoh is the first place I ever caught a steelhead on a two hander and swung fly so it always will hold a special place to me for that. It's one of my favorite rivers ever but with the escapement problems, I may for the first year in a while not fish it because if were being honest is makes me feel guilty. Not to mention the crowds can be....irritating. I wish I could comment on the best solution, but I'm not well versed enough in tribal fishing rights to comment without sounding like a retard.
 

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