WDFW (its predecessor WDF) have institutionally supported marine sport fisheries over freshwater since at least the early 80s. Once salmon get in the rivers they are supposed to be left alone to spawn. What is happening in R6 is really nothing new. Getting them to put the freshwater fisheries and communities at a higher priority will be difficult.
From a purely economic benefit standpoint which dead fish in the boat brings more economic value; the coho taken on a Westport Charter or that same coho taken by a Satsop bankie?
We like to argue that recreational fish generate more economic value than commercial catch; that same argument can and will be used to divide up the sport fisheries.