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Potential 2019 Washington River Salmon Fisheries Posted For Comment

More details are coming out about Washington’s potential 2019 river salmon fisheries and WDFW is looking for public input on them as North of Falcon comes to a boil over the next two weeks.

Overall, there will be seasons, though in places on salt- and freshwaters they don’t look too hot because of low forecasted returns to some rivers, potential impacts on chronically depressed Chinook stocks, efforts to rebuild three “overfished” Washington and BC coho runs, and providing for orca recovery.

ANGLERS WOULD ONLY HAVE SEPTEMBER TO FISH THE SNOHOMISH FOR COHO, WITH A DAILY LIMIT OF ONE AS MANAGERS TRY TO REBUILD THE “OVERFISHED” STOCK. ANGLER JON PULLING CAUGHT THIS ONE WITH GUIDE JIM STAHL A FEW SEASONS BACK. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

On Pugetropolis streams, while WDFW is again proposing bonus limits on coho in the Nooksack system — four a day in the mainstem and North Fork, and up to six on the South Fork — there wouldn’t even be a catch-and-release fishery for pink salmon there.

In fact, there wouldn’t be any humpy fishing in rivers from the British Columbia border all the way down through the Snohomish system, traditionally among the strongest pink populations — at least until The Blob and four big fall 2015 floods hit.

Speaking of the Snoho, WDFW’s proposing just a single month of salmon fishing in it and its two major tribs, September, and only for one coho. That month’s good, but October’s better, harvest wise. The Wallace would only be open for the back half of the month, also for just one silver headed to the hatchery there.

It’s because federal overseers are pushing the state and tribes to improve silver escapement on the key system following several bad years.

But unlike 2016 when none was mentioned, at least this clause is built into WDFW’s fishery proposal: “Extension of season dependent on in-season update.”

Also in the North Sound, the agency would like to open lower Dakota Creek near Blaine for coho, as well as hold a pilot May 1-31 hatchery spring Chinook fishery on the Skagit from the mouth up to Gilligan Creek.

Baker Lake would be open starting July 6 for three sockeye a day, the Samish Aug. 1-Oct. 31 for Chinook and hatchery coho

As for the potential Stillaguamish coho season, that is TBD after comanager discussions, according to WDFW’s literature.

Further south, salmon fishing on the Green-Duwamish could open Aug. 20 below I-405, with Chinook available for harvest starting Sept. 1 from the interstate down to Tukwila International Boulevard.

Fisheries on the Puyallup would open Aug. 15 for hatchery coho and Chinook, but with closures on certain days on the lower river to accommodate tribal openers.

The Nisqually would open July 1 for salmon, with a two-adult daily limit (release wild Chinook).

Things are less cut and dried at Buoy 10 and the rest of the Lower Columbia, where managers are trying to limit Chinook catches but access a good coho run of 900,000-plus fish.

There are multiple options on the table for dealing with August and its fall king runs, but things brighten in September, when the bag could bump to three hatchery silvers a day but no Chinook below Bonneville.

WDFW’s also warning that steelhead fisheries on the big river could see the rolling closures of 2017 and last year’s night closures and one-fish bags.

And things are no less complex in Grays Harbor and its tribs, but at least there are options.

Indeed, it’s better than sitting at home.

Next up in the North of Falcon process is an April 2 meeting in Ridgefield to talk about the Columbia and ocean, and an April 3 meeting in Lynnwood to discuss Puget Sound.

 

Samish Closing For All Fishing To Help Meet Chinook Eggtake Goals

WDFW E-REG

Action: Close part of the Samish River to all fishing.

THE SAMISH RIVER WILL CLOSE TO FISHING AROUND EDISON AND ELSEWHERE BELOW I-5 AS OF SEPT 15. (BENJAMIN CODY, WIKIPEDIA)

Effective dates:  Sept.15, 2018 until further notice.

Species affected: All species.

Location: From the mouth (Bayview –Edison Road) to I-5 bridge

Reasons for action: The return of fall chinook to the Samish Hatchery is currently projected to be below the number needed to meet egg take goals for 2018. Closing the fishing season in the lower Samish River will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure future hatchery returns.

Other information: The season will be reopened if egg take needs are projected to be met. Please refer tohttps://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/for further information on seasons.

Wooden Walkway Along Samish River To Be Removed

A whole lot of freelance work went into keeping salmon anglers out of the “bottomless stinky mud” along the lower Samish, but tomorrow it all comes out.

A work party tomorrow on the western Skagit County river will remove a wooden pallet walkway built on private land.

(WDFW)

This area on the east side of the Samish just upstream of the Bayview-Edison Road bridge was open to anglers in 2017, but not this year, and now the landowner is unhappy about the unauthorized trail of 2-bys.

The situation has also caught the attention of county officials.

“You can’t put anything in the water without a permit,” says spokeswoman Bronlea Mishler.

It’s just the latest way the Samish has given state salmon managers a headache over the years.

Powered by plentiful hatchery Chinook and coho that are meant for harvest, it’s also infamous for being an enforcement nightmare and less-than-stellar behavior by anglers often packed wader to wader as the run peaks this time of year.

“That fishery launched our Poop Smart campaign,” notes Mishler.

(Official advice from the PS website: “Don’t just drop a deuce anywhere. If you’re planning your gear and route, you’ve got to plan for this, too … When you do the right thing, you help keep the woods clean and fishing areas open.”)

(WDFW)

While the land upstream of the bridge on the west side of the river is state property, it’s also lined by a diking district’s levee and because of the way the Samish flows, isn’t as productive as the east side.

That shore has seen changing access policies as it’s been owned or leased by different parties over the years. In the past, walkways have come off a dike to the water, but this year the diking district doesn’t want anybody on the levee.

That led to the walkway which has even been anchored in places with rebar.

“Pretty industrious,” notes biologist Brett Barkdull. “It’s going to be a fair amount of work to remove them.”

He says anglers and others will be helping at the work party.