The idea of not targeting kelts is largely a vestige of when people fished for food. Poor meat quality and, after the grab, generally a weak fight. Avoiding kelts has continued more recently as a management tool because repeat spawners, albeit rare, have high fecundity. Yet interesting that C&R mortality on kelts is the same as for pre-spawn river fish (Halttunen et al. 2010).
PNW steelheaders donít typically target kelts - the spring fishing targets late winter runs or early summer fish. However, kelts are unavoidable from time to time, particularly when chasing winter run fish in rivers that also host summer runs, which have peak spawning several months earlier.
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