Monday, October 9, 2017
Speak Up for Idaho Steelhead
A bit of your time is needed, pretty please. TODAY.
If you fish for steelhead in Idaho, or in the Columbia/Snake/Clearwater drainages for that matter, you need to take action today to maintain this year's catch and release regulations on this year's terrible A and B run returns
A month ago, fishery managers in Idaho felt strongly enough that they proactively instituted a C and R only season on the Clearwater and connecting basins. Now that the run has been upgraded from apocalyptic to shitty, shitty, shitty.....they feel it's ok to open a catch and kill season
The biggest issue are the B-Run wild fish. There's a tragic amount forecasted back to the Clearwater, some say less than 1200 wild fish. In a state that continues to allow for barbs, bait and wild fish out of the water, the impact on the tiny amount of wild returns is far too great to allow for a catch and kill season
Opponents to the C and R season say that it's causing undo economic impact on the local communities. People wont go unless they can take a fish home.
I call bullshit. Run your trips C and R. Sell the experience, show prudence in fish handling. Teach anglers about what a unique resource we have and that this year needs extra TLC.
If we keep kicking the B Run fish in the nuts, they're going to go away. Forever.
In the meantime, we have exactly 1 day to get your voices to the Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners.
Follow the link to submit your comments. Keep the Clearwater, Salmon and Snake systems C and R this year.