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#1018917 - 12/17/19 07:50 PM Snohomish-Sky Closure
Blu13 Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 11/26/03
Posts: 193
So much for fishing the Sky. WDFW announced the anticipated shutdown starting on December 19th until they meet egg take goals.

Throw in crappy reports from some coastal rivers and it looks like it will be a long dry winter by the fire.

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#1018923 - 12/17/19 10:01 PM Re: Snohomish-Sky Closure [Re: Blu13]
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River Nutrients

Registered: 04/25/00
Posts: 4610
Loc: East of Aberdeen, West of Mont...
WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

https://wdfw.wa.gov/

December 17, 2019

Stillaguamish and North Fork Stillaguamish rivers closing to retention of hatchery steelhead

Action: Closes the mainstem Stillaguamish and the North Fork Stillaguamish rivers to retention of hatchery steelhead.

Effective date: Dec. 19, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead

Location:
• Stillaguamish River, from the mouth upstream to confluence of the North Fork Stillaguamish and South Fork Stillaguamish rivers.
• North Fork Stillaguamish River, from the mouth upstream to Swede Heaven Bridge.

Reason for action: The Whitehorse Ponds hatchery does not have adequate early winter steelhead broodstock on hand to meet egg-take goals.

Additional information: Fishing will reopen if egg-take goals are met. Retention of wild steelhead is unlawful statewide.

Information contact: Team Mill Creek, 425-775-1311.
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#1018929 - 12/18/19 07:27 AM Re: Snohomish-Sky Closure [Re: Blu13]
Carcassman Online   content
River Nutrients

Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 5665
Loc: Olema,California,Planet Earth
What should be wake-up call is that a hatchery run of fish, with little or no marine mixed stock fishing on it, can't even return enough fish to sustain its artificial run then something is really wrong out there. At so many levels.

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#1018945 - 12/18/19 09:05 AM Re: Snohomish-Sky Closure [Re: Blu13]
Bobber Down Offline
Spawner

Registered: 04/30/99
Posts: 531
Loc: Lake Forest Dark, Wa
Depressing news but the norm these days. Don't know how our local tackle shops stay open.

BD
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#1018946 - 12/18/19 09:18 AM Re: Snohomish-Sky Closure [Re: Blu13]
Myassisdragon Online   content
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 1156
Loc: The Wet Side
The brooderhatchers don’t show this early anymore, wait another month for cripes sakes Emma ! Oh yea, they shut the rivers down after the returns start showing.

This is what happens when you quit with early returning hatchery support...
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Hmmm

- "Wild steelhead were more numerous this year than they were in the 1970s" ( ITYOOL - 2015 )

- "It's past the time to "play nice", after all, they are pooching us royally."

D'uh!

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#1018948 - 12/18/19 09:32 AM Re: Snohomish-Sky Closure [Re: Bobber Down]
Hanker Offline
Spawner

Registered: 03/16/19
Posts: 546
Originally Posted By: Bobber Down
Depressing news but the norm these days. Don't know how our local tackle shops stay open.

BD



We have no local tackle shops in the Olympia area anymore, unless you count our local fly shop. There used to be several plus another couple fly shops. They all bit the dust about a decade ago. I find myself shopping at Sportco almost exclusively, sometimes I’ll hit Cabelas (disappointing always) or Verles in Shelton for a last minute necessity.

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#1018955 - 12/18/19 11:30 AM Re: Snohomish-Sky Closure [Re: Blu13]
stonefish Offline
King of the Beach

Registered: 12/11/02
Posts: 4704
Loc: Carkeek Park
Originally Posted By: Blu13
So much for fishing the Sky. WDFW announced the anticipated shutdown starting on December 19th until they meet egg take goals.

Throw in crappy reports from some coastal rivers and it looks like it will be a long dry winter by the fire.


While they don't replace steelhead, but there are other things to target during the winter if you get bored watching the fire.

There should be a ESA listing for Puget Sound steelhead anglers announced any day now.....we are on the verge of extinction.

I agree that the small tackle shop business is a tough one these days.
SF
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#1019000 - 12/18/19 04:50 PM Re: Snohomish-Sky Closure [Re: stonefish]
Sol Duc Offline
River Nutrients

Registered: 06/18/01
Posts: 15755
Loc: Copalis Beach
There goes Reiter in the morning. smile
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#1019001 - 12/18/19 04:54 PM Re: Snohomish-Sky Closure [Re: Hanker]
Sol Duc Offline
River Nutrients

Registered: 06/18/01
Posts: 15755
Loc: Copalis Beach
Originally Posted By: Hanker
Originally Posted By: Bobber Down
Depressing news but the norm these days. Don't know how our local tackle shops stay open.

BD



We have no local tackle shops in the Olympia area anymore, unless you count our local fly shop. There used to be several plus another couple fly shops. They all bit the dust about a decade ago. I find myself shopping at Sportco almost exclusively, sometimes I’ll hit Cabelas (disappointing always) or Verles in Shelton for a last minute necessity.


I wish there was a Sportsmen nearby.
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#1019011 - 12/18/19 07:24 PM Re: Snohomish-Sky Closure [Re: Hanker]
CedarR Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 08/04/99
Posts: 1326
Loc: Olympia, WA
Originally Posted By: Hanker

I find myself shopping at Sportco almost exclusively, sometimes I’ll hit Cabelas (disappointing always) or Verles in Shelton for a last minute necessity.


You're not the #realhankster, he prefers Dicks...

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#1019034 - 12/19/19 09:19 AM Re: Snohomish-Sky Closure [Re: Blu13]
NickD90 Offline
Shooting Instructor for hire

Registered: 10/26/10
Posts: 5302
Loc: Snohomish, WA
So much for my annual Xmas morning venture to the local crik. I guess I'll do something with the dogs or possibly go on a hunt. BA HUM BUG!
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#1019239 - 12/21/19 11:50 AM Re: Snohomish-Sky Closure [Re: Blu13]
GPS Offline
Fry

Registered: 04/09/14
Posts: 34
On the plus side, if there was a successful wild salmon spawn the flood-level high water should take care of most of it.


Edited by GPS (12/21/19 03:35 PM)

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