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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 12:12 PM
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My point was that a natural habitat is very important.

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Perhaps. But not in this case.



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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 05:23 PM
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My point was that a natural habitat is very important.

Yukon and Kuskokwim watersheds are huge and very remote territory, mostly occupied by natives in a handful of small villages scattered here and there, and accessible by boat or plane with very little sport fishing going on. Even if you are rich, unless you have family or friends living there, know the area by fishing there for many years with Grizzlies, know how to operate jets lead in a very tight space !!!!!!, ( gravel bars, logs etc. ) you are not going to do well anyway.
I hear you man. I know there is more to it than just getting there. I'm just saying it's really tough to watch the fish that I can easily reach on a shoestring budget go extinct, which is just putting more pressure on the places where they aren't. Baring a big shift the only steelheading I'll be doing this fall is going to involve a lot more time, money, and distance to reach, not to mention me adding more pressure to other fisheries. I'm still excited to do it, at least some day even if it doesn't work out this year. It's been a dream of mine to go north and fish for years. Still, I try to be respectful of others and the fact that it's someone's local water. I don't want to be that goober standing in your run in the morning. I just want to be able leave work a little early on Friday and stand in my home river, catch a steelhead, and sleep in my rig under the stars. I know so many people who do the big trip to BC every year and I feel like it's getting more and more popular, basically because we have no fish left down here.

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In AK waters, Aleutian and Bearing Sea, Chinook and chum salmon bycatch has tripled since 2006 to 2011 or so. About 4-5 years ago by catch reduction was implemented to improve the management of Chinook and chum salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery. This definitely had a positive effect on returns, especially King Salmon. Also, there is a very few anglers in Kuskokwim and Yukon watershed and harvest is limited to 1 ( one ) King only. A reduction in subsistence fishing was also generally obeyed by Yupik Eskimos and Alaskan Athabascans Indians.
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I'm curious what is with that big spike in March this year. That seems pretty odd too. I'd like to see a comparison of total fish. Probably still low, but maybe not quite as low as the right end of the graph suggests?

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I'm curious what is with that big spike in March this year. That seems pretty odd too. I'd like to see a comparison of total fish. Probably still low, but maybe not quite as low as the right end of the graph suggests?
Likely out-migrating fish, many of which are reconditioned kelts or 2018 fish that over wintered in the lower Columbia and completed their run to spawn in the spring.

We are well behind last year which was the worst return in decades.

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looks to me like summer steelheading on the Columbia and it's tribs is a thing of the past.

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