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Hey all,

Quick question here. I haven't followed the whole NOF process super closely. However, as I understand it, essentially all rivers and lakes in the Puget Sound with anadromous populations are closed and will be closed until there is some resolution. The Cedar River has become one of my favorite summer fisheries, but as things stand now, there won't be any opener in June. Is that correct?

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With all that is closed or is going to close, where do you guys fish?? In the bath tub or all the put and take lakes.

To get above all the barriers on most rivers you have to really get up high. And most don't have roads to the top. Lots of hiking involved.
 

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I'm planning on hiking, I am confused why the s.f.sky and tribes are on the closed list, I would think sunset falls in index would be a natural barrier?
It is. But there's a facility to "trap and haul" migratory fish above sunset, canyon, and eagle falls. The habitat above now produces a good number of anadromous fish, including PS Chinook.
 

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Finally, the bassmasters of the NW won out.....pooh.
Not really Larry.
All of their bass tournaments scheduled for Lake Washington & Sammamish are cancelled as of now due to the failed NOF negotiations.
No salmon, no trout, not steelhead, no perch , no bass, no crappie, no.....in many places you wouldn't think would be closed due to NOF.
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If it ends up closed all season this year, I hope fish and wildlife send a whole bunch of people out to the Cedar to enforce on all the poachers/people not following the regs, and to ticket litterers and/or force them to pack out their trash.

It is a frustrating river, as for every law-abiding person, seems like there are two or more people who ignore the regs with impunity. I've sometimes tried to explain the regulations to folks.....with mixed results.

Frankly, if everyone truly stopped fishing it for a year it would probably benefit the fishery, which has declined over last few years. However, if the flat-out poachers, the litter-bugs and the "I practice C&R, dude - I unhook trout from all the barbed hooks hanging off my Rapala, just as soon as I get my hands on the fish after dragging it up on the rocks" folks still abuse the river freely, that will suck.

Thus ends my rant. I typically get one anti-littering rant in per year. Normally, I pen it after a day hauling out trash in one hand and holding my fly rod in the other. With this rant submitted "in advance," I now owe the universe at least one trash pick-up day at later date.
 

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With all that is closed or is going to close, where do you guys fish?? In the bath tub or all the put and take lakes.

To get above all the barriers on most rivers you have to really get up high. And most don't have roads to the top. Lots of hiking involved.
Montana, get ready for Puget Sound refugees!
 
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