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#1021885 - 02/10/20 11:50 PM One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River
DrifterWA Offline
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WDFW News Release

OLYMPIA – Fishery managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a limited-opening recreational smelt fishery for Friday, Feb. 14.

A portion of the Cowlitz River will be open to recreational dip netting along the shore from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for one day only.

The portion of the river open to dip netting extends from the Highway 432 Bridge upstream to the Al Helenberg Memorial Boat Ramp, located approximately 1,300 feet upstream from the Highway 411/A Street Bridge in Castle Rock.


This is the first year since 2017 that a recreational smelt fishery has opened on the Cowlitz. Columbia River smelt – also known as Eulachon – were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2010.

Each dip-netter may retain 10 pounds of smelt per day, with no more than one day's limit in possession. Ten pounds is about a quarter of a 5-gallon bucket. No fishing license is required to dip net for smelt in this limited fishery.
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#1021886 - 02/10/20 11:54 PM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
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The actual memo must have been written by a English major.....it went on and on and on.

I shortened it......
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#1021900 - 02/11/20 08:27 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
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I hope Russia got the message so they can line the river bank with the usual cast of characters.

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#1021929 - 02/11/20 10:49 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
FleaFlickr02 Offline
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One half day on a work day, with less than a week's notice. Glad I don't depend on the smelt fishery being a reasonable opportunity....

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#1022057 - 02/12/20 07:07 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
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IMO - if a "run" of any type of wildlife will only support a 1/2 day opening every couple of years, then it should just be shut down entirely. Maybe I'm wrong here, but that doesn't sound like sustainable conservation to me.

But hey...thanks for the "opportunity" WDFW!
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#1022067 - 02/12/20 07:54 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
Todd Offline
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I suspect this opening has more to do with the fact that they are having a commercial opener for this same destroyed run.

Fish on...

Todd

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#1022069 - 02/12/20 07:57 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: NickD90]
FleaFlickr02 Offline
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Originally Posted By: NickD90
IMO - if a "run" of any type of wildlife will only support a 1/2 day opening every couple of years, then it should just be shut down entirely. Maybe I'm wrong here, but that doesn't sound like sustainable conservation to me.

But hey...thanks for the "opportunity" WDFW!


Agreed. Gotta get that "threatened" designation downgraded ASAP apparently....

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#1022070 - 02/12/20 08:38 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
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Rape the resource until it's quit kicking that's our motto..

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#1022080 - 02/12/20 09:17 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
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I fail to see how WDFW can open this fishery for anyone. These are ESA-listed fish. This is NOT incidental take. It’s direct take. And there are no hatchery smelt that might compete with wild smelt on the spawning grounds. These are all wild fish. NMFS can exempt ‘incidental take’ but I’m not sure how they can allow ‘direct take’ of a listed species.

Plus, there is no requirement to possess a fishing license! This galls me more than anything. Given their budget situation, why does WDFW allow participation in this fishery without a license?! Anyone from anywhere can dip 10lbs of an ESA listed species without so much as a $15 fishing license. So an unlimited number of people can harvest a State-owned resource without providing any support to the State. I know of no other fishery anywhere in the State that allows the harvest of a State-owned resource without a license. How hard is it to require one?

And given the precarious situation in the ocean, principally the lack of forage fish, why are we harvesting the spawning adults?

This is an outrage, on a number of levels.
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#1022081 - 02/12/20 09:31 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
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To add, how much will be spent on enforcement? You know there will be a couple of field officers in there checking limits.

Wouldn't those dollars be better suited for something else that is more viable? LIKE A SEASON FOR A CERTAIN RIVER SYSTEM UP NORTH!!!

foul
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#1022082 - 02/12/20 09:42 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
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You guys are soooo nearsighted.

Obviously WDFW needs to get some filming done on their reality TV series.

Some camera time and 15 seconds of fame far outweigh the needs of the WA State sportsmen.

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#1022084 - 02/12/20 09:46 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
NickD90 Offline
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Break out your best track suits fellas...we gettin' on TV!

Dosvedanya little river smelt!
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#1022085 - 02/12/20 09:47 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: cohoangler]
SpoonFed Offline
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Registered: 01/29/19
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Great observation cohoangler. You are 100% right.

Especially without the CR endorsement not in effect anymore.

What a circus.

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#1022087 - 02/12/20 09:52 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: NickD90]
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Originally Posted By: NickD90
Break out your best track suits fellas...we gettin' on TV!

Dosvedanya little river smelt!



"So, no good eh, full buket."
I jus move here.
what is regulation?"

I see it too often...Especially on that river.

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#1022089 - 02/12/20 09:57 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
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Why doesn't someone send that bit of info to the Daily Olympian????

"I fail to see how WDFW can open this fishery for anyone. These are ESA-listed fish. This is NOT incidental take. It’s direct take. And there are no hatchery smelt that might compete with wild smelt on the spawning grounds. These are all wild fish. NMFS can exempt ‘incidental take’ but I’m not sure how they can allow ‘direct take’ of a listed species.

Plus, there is no requirement to possess a fishing license! This galls me more than anything. Given their budget situation, why does WDFW allow participation in this fishery without a license?! Anyone from anywhere can dip 10lbs of an ESA listed species without so much as a $15 fishing license. So an unlimited number of people can harvest a State-owned resource without providing any support to the State. I know of no other fishery anywhere in the State that allows the harvest of a State-owned resource without a license. How hard is it to require one?

And given the precarious situation in the ocean, principally the lack of forage fish, why are we harvesting the spawning adults?

This is an outrage, on a number of levels."

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#1022090 - 02/12/20 09:57 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
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Hang em high bitches!!!!

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#1022109 - 02/12/20 11:36 AM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
Carcassman Offline
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Registered: 11/21/07
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Loc: Olema,California,Planet Earth
I believe that the license requirement comes from the Leg. They decide what requires a license and fees.

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#1022117 - 02/12/20 01:39 PM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
Salmo g. Offline
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Good catch Cohoangler. Smelt are ESA listed. There is no Resource Management Plan, no application, no NMFS review, no NMFS approval. By any measure this is an illegal fishery that NMFS is allowing to fly under the radar. But no way in hell can they allow the fly fishing season on the Stilly for steelhead and cutthroat that might, just might, harm an ESA listed Stilly Chinook.

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#1022125 - 02/12/20 02:09 PM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: DrifterWA]
Carcassman Offline
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Loc: Olema,California,Planet Earth
No Tribes to piss off on the Cowlitz, perhaps?

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#1022127 - 02/12/20 02:18 PM Re: One-day smelt opening announced for Cowlitz River [Re: Carcassman]
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Originally Posted By: Carcassman
No Tribes to piss off on the Cowlitz, perhaps?


The petition to list the smelt under the ESA was filed by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, but they are non-treaty and don't have treaty fishing rights.

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