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#1059832 - 06/06/22 01:18 PM Re: Willapa Springers ? [Re: Carcassman]
Rivrguy Offline
River Nutrients

Registered: 03/03/09
Posts: 3994
Loc: Somewhere on the planet,I hope
Talking the late summer Chinook dip at the bar in Willapa that gillnetters had up to the airport. Willapa R water stays good until after August.
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#1059846 - 06/07/22 08:33 AM Re: Willapa Springers ? [Re: Rivrguy]
Salmo g. Offline
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Registered: 03/08/99
Posts: 13342
". . . WDFW anticipates a limited number of returning 4-year-old Chinook from this one-time release . . ."

WDFW anticipates a lot of things that don't come to fruition. What with ocean survival rates being so poor of late, have any of these "anticipated" Chinook shown up at Forks Ck hatchery yet?

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#1059850 - 06/07/22 09:58 AM Re: Willapa Springers ? [Re: Rivrguy]
Lifter99 Offline
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Registered: 12/01/18
Posts: 196
I know guys who fished it recently and saw nothing in the river.

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#1059852 - 06/07/22 11:43 AM Re: Willapa Springers ? [Re: Rivrguy]
Carcassman Offline
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Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 6682
Loc: Olema,California,Planet Earth
Much as I love to defend WDFW, if they forecast a return of fish, didn't offer any fishing, and showed showed up they'd be crucified (at least online). Their numbers may be suspect, but its what they have and what they need to use. A little monitoring would help.

And, if nothing comes back was that wasted money to feed SRKWs?

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#1059853 - 06/07/22 11:45 AM Re: Willapa Springers ? [Re: Rivrguy]
steelhead59 Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 01/09/07
Posts: 151
Loc: Olympia, WA
I fished the river on Saturday, Upper river, Mid river, and Lower river, not even a bite. Fish good eggs with tuna soaked overnight and coon shrimp under a float. I fished good holes that would hold a springer if one existed. If the fish were not imprinted to the water before release hard telling where they returned. I fish beside other fishermen and talked to several others that had the same results, Notta.


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#1059855 - 06/07/22 01:32 PM Re: Willapa Springers ? [Re: Rivrguy]
WDFW X 1 = 0 Offline
My Area code makes me cooler than you

Registered: 01/27/15
Posts: 4494
If you're looking for a springer head up in Capitol Hill.

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#1059856 - 06/07/22 01:38 PM Re: Willapa Springers ? [Re: Rivrguy]
Carcassman Offline
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Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 6682
Loc: Olema,California,Planet Earth
They were reared at Forks Creek; that's where they are imprinted to and will head for if they exist.

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#1059858 - 06/07/22 03:16 PM Re: Willapa Springers ? [Re: Rivrguy]
cohoangler Offline
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Registered: 12/29/99
Posts: 1588
Loc: Vancouver, Washington
Salmo g askes the correct question. Are there any springer adults at the hatchery?

If not, WDFW is likely estimating based on expected survival, rather than actual returns. And if they don't need any adults for future broodstock, all returning adults would be considered excess.

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#1059861 - 06/07/22 04:40 PM Re: Willapa Springers ? [Re: cohoangler]
darth baiter Offline
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Registered: 04/04/10
Posts: 142
Loc: United States
They collected a total of 5 adults and 2 Jack's last year. Nothing yet this year. There have been 0 CWT recoveries in fisheries or escapement from the ~100k release group in 2019 of 2018 brood. Seeing few 3yr CWT recoveries from spring Chinook is common. But there is usually a few...... Don't get your hopes up for a bonanza.

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#1059863 - 06/07/22 05:32 PM Re: Willapa Springers ? [Re: Rivrguy]
steely slammer Online   content
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Registered: 02/24/00
Posts: 1463
they figured that it would get some to buy a licenses
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