by David Johnson
First of all, I want to thank all of you who have commented, called, e-mailed or messaged me with you agreement and support.
People who are out on the river have not been blind to these topics that I have brought up and many are fed up with it.
"Zarn" brought up many points and one of them especially caught my eye. It was catch "estimating" practices.
One thing me and many others have noticed is once they decide on closing a fishery on a certain date that's it. There wont even be fish checkers out there counting. They have already decided how many will be caught. Never factoring in weather conditions or a drop in angling pressure.
In defense of the managing agencies to an extent their hands are tied by the listed species.
This is a double edged sword.
Without listed fish species on the Columbia we would not be getting the mandated flows over the dams which have resulted in these record runs we've experienced in the last 13 years.
I just wish that when something gets protected there was a way of un-protecting it when it is time to.
I also want to state I am not fully against ODFW. There are many employees in the department who care for the fish, want to plant more fish and who really want us to catch fish.
There just seems to be a disconnect of upper management with what is going on out on the water.