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Well, here we go...:beathead::beathead::beathead:bawling:bawling:bawling:

WDFW NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
http://wdfw.wa.gov/

December 16, 2009

Contact: Bob Leland, (360) 902-2817

Cascade River fishery closes Dec. 19
due to low hatchery steelhead return

OLYMPIA - Low steelhead returns to the Marblemount Hatchery have prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to close a portion of the Cascade River to recreational fishing beginning Dec. 19.

The Cascade will be closed from the mouth upstream to the Rockport-Cascade Road Bridge to ensure enough steelhead make it back to the hatchery to meet spawning goals, said Bob Leland, WDFW's steelhead program manager.

That portion of the Cascade River is scheduled to re-open to recreational fishing Feb. 1, 2010. However, if spawning goals are met before then, the department could re-open the river earlier, said Leland.

"Because pre-season forecasts for steelhead returns to the Skagit River Basin are down this year, additional fishing closures to protect wild steelhead also are likely this spring," said Leland.

Catch-and-release fisheries in the Skagit and Sauk rivers are among those fisheries that likely will not open next spring, Leland said.

WDFW will continue to monitor returns of wild steelhead, which are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, said Leland.
 

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The 2009 runsize was estimated at 5,000 or better or there wouldn't have been a season. The post season spawning escapement was estimated at around 2,500, half of what was necessary for a season to occur.

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There will be many of us that will not catch a Skagit/Sauk wild steelhead again. The state will only know if the run met escapement after its all said and done for that year. The Feds and State will put out the message that they "are" doing something for the wild fish, by stopping sport anglers. Many Anglers will agree and "hope" that the runs come back.

Look at the Skykomish and you will see the Skagit/Sauk. Here are a few from the past - its very, very sad
 

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anyone who hasn't seen this coming for years hasn't been fishing, or is simply is delusional.
its over for puget sound and coastal steelhead in WA, at least for recreational fishing.
have fun with the columbia tribs, that's the last of it in WA.
 
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A lotto drawing would be nice for a limit of anglers. Sounds like the commercial and native nets don't help the fish, so it all trickles down. The Sauk Tribe could use all the moneys they say they use for fish instead of for there fancy cars and casinos.
 
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Oh yeah thats right the Sauk tribe is not much interested in us fishing up there since we all spend so much money at there little smoke shop.
 

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It sucks for sure. Truth is we as anglers have to take some responsibility for the screwed up mess things are in. We didn't scream loud enough, long enough, and soon enough to legislatures, commissioners, news media, etc. to bring about some action. We can't pass all the blame on.
 

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Kerry - WE don't understand Steelhead; where they go in the salt and what they do in the salt. The Native nets are another example of commerical over-harvest.

The State is to blame and their management plan. Still the State stops angler fishing on the Sky, Skagit/Sauk and does nothing about Urban Growth Areas (UGA). The city of Monroe is trying to develope another 600 homes here in the area. Steelhead arent even listed under the endangered species that are known to be near these sites. The State and county just lets it happen - then they stop angler fishing and all bleeding heart anglers agree and "hope", many of our organizations agree with stoping the anglers "right" to fish. But everything is going to hell through the back door.
We will see Steelhead anglers stop fishing on all our PS rivers by Jan 31st and never again fish in Feb, March and April even if runs come back.

It's sad and your right we did it -
 

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Chris,

I'm just throwing a little kerosene on this trying to get the fire going.

The closure of the Skagit does not surprise me except that it has taken this long. Nor would I be surprised if it remains closed for a number of years. The specific reasons for the lack of steelhead are many. One of the least, in my opinion, is the tribe’s limited fishing. But there are those out there that will refuse to accept that the harm done to these runs started many years ago before some of us were even born and we are now seeing the results of that damage.
 
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How about clear cutting old growth trees and those friggin rat infested trailers on the river front. You know all those people that buy into the land on the river clear cut all the tree and brush.
 

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I may be wrong but most of the folks that clear cut the Skagit/Sauk basin are not living in "rat infested trailers" behind the smoke shop at the Sauk Tribe turn off.

Mr Dee - There are a number of reasons that the Skagit is alomost down and out. Most of these stared back in the 70's with Bolt, Over harvest Treaty and Non-treaty, poor habitat, logging/clear cutting, hatcheries. The one thing I believe is that the 20+ years of CnR on wild steelhead from anglers (gear/fly) is not the reason that we are in this place. It is a sham that many organizations support the closure of the Nooksack, Skykomish, Snoqualmie, Stilly and soon the Skagit/Sauk catch and release seasons because of "depleted condition of wild steelhead". They shoot their organizations in the foot with angler membership and passion for the fish. IF we loose these seasons for ever our "user group" will loose the passion for the fish - I think that is what the state wants. The bigest thing that sucks in this is that if the fish do come back - we will not know until after the season.
 
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