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Old 03-26-2020, 07:39 AM   #1
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The big river is now closed at midnight Thursday the 23rd of March Really can't say much more folks this is it.JUST STAY HOME . We only have two responsibilities

one don't get sick two don't get anyone else sick.

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Old 03-26-2020, 07:57 AM   #2
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The big river is now closed at midnight Thursday the 23rd of March Really can't say much more folks this is it.JUST STAY HOME . We only have two responsibilities

one don't get sick two don't get anyone else sick.
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Closes for salmon & steelhead, still open to fishing for everything else in Oregon.

https://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/202...ar/032520c.asp
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What about crabbing in Oregon ?
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:26 AM   #5
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:38 AM   #6
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:40 AM   #7
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Is it closing because of the virus or because of the poor counts or both ?
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:58 AM   #8
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There were a few boats trolling above the i 5 bridge this morning. Ignorance is bliss?
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So closing at midnight on the 26th, Thursday, today?
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So closing at midnight on the 26th, Thursday, today?
Washington closed last night/this morning at midnight. not sure about Oregon
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:16 AM   #11
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:23 AM   #12
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:52 AM   #13
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So, there will actually be fish in the river when they open springer season.

I've seen what mid to late April fishing can look like. It will be a nice change of pace to actually go catch fish, instead of going fishing.

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Old 03-26-2020, 10:38 AM   #14
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To see the confusion on the river in real time right now would be hysterical. Landing at an open Washington ramp (I know where open one's are, right this second!) and to be told it's closed. Well, I was fishing in Oregon actually and here is my license. Or landing on the Oregon side with a Washington license, is that closed or not. Officer, these are all Oregon fish! It's fun enough watching it all in ifish.

Best comment I saw is that the fish aren't here in big numbers yet and it closes in a few days anyhow, just relax.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:42 PM   #15
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Lotsa virus being passed between boats that are 1/4 mile apart. What about joggers, people taking walks, etc etc. ? At least Oregon had a modicum of rare governmental common sense. .....
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Closes for salmon & steelhead, still open to fishing for everything else in Oregon.

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How does that make sense ? Why close salmon and steel and everything else is OK ? We are still in boats or on the bank .
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:46 AM   #17
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How does that make sense ? Why close salmon and steel and everything else is OK ? We are still in boats or on the bank .
Oregon only closed to remain concurrent in salmon and steelhead regs with Washington...No fishing at all from Washington side...for anything.
Oregon's ruling specifically states in Oregon waters.
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What about crabbing in Oregon ?

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The bad news is you have to have a helicopter to get to the water... unless you parachute in!
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Old 03-28-2020, 05:11 AM   #19
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Here is an article by Northwest Sportsman that may help gain a better understanding for the closure. Boat fishing not so much of a problem but bank fishing could be. Plus getting to and from where it is you are fishing at, creates exposure, ie gas pumps, bait, grocery stores, etc.


Fishermen Push Back On Washington’s Angling Halt; Susewind Defends It

Washington anglers pushed back today against the sweeping fishing closure, launching an online petition and taking to the airwaves in protest, while Governor Inslee suggested his two-week statewide order to stay home could stretch longer to stem the COVID-19 outbreak and WDFW’s director defended his agency’s move last night.

Let’s take these one at a time.

1) The Outdoor Line Seattle’s 710 ESPN host Tom Nelson went on The Dori Monson Show early this afternoon to call the temporary suspension of fishing “completely, completely ridiculous.”

“How can we possibly be further away from anybody else than in a boat on Puget Sound or on the shore of a river where you’re not standing elbow to elbow? It’s the very definition of social distancing,” Nelson said, a reference to the 6 feet of separation that government and health officials are telling people to maintain from others not of your household to prevent new infections.

Nelson acknowledged that the outbreak that has now killed 147 state residents, with a total of 3,207 confirmed cases, has pushed life as we’ve known it into “uncharted waters,” but he also also called for “common sense,” and said the closure is putting WDFW game wardens into an “untenable” position with the public as well.

“Governor Inslee, WDFW, Director Susewind have to take a more realistic look at this and let us go outside,” he said.

A Change.org petition titled “Fight WDFW closing of fishing statewide, let us fish” had netted nearly 5,000 signatures as of this evening.

According to Nelson, WDFW is the “only entity on Planet Earth to ban fishing” — France has actually banned fishing as well as hunting and hiking — and he says that his show this Saturday will be the first in his 15 years on the radio in which he won’t have an open season to talk about.

Monson was a sympathetic host — he caught his first salmon with Nelson last year out of Sitka and during the 12-plus-minute segment he extolled the “life affirming” value of fishing. They joked about privacy to pee aboard Nelson’s big saltwater boat.

And he might have coined a new term for the cause: “social fish-tancing.”

2) Earlier today during a press conference Governor Inslee pointed to encouraging signs about a slowing rate of infections in the hardest hit counties of central Puget Sound that provided a “glimmer of hope.”

But he also suggested that his two-week “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order could be extended and that he wanted to see new case numbers dropping on a weekly basis and the virus suffocated so there’s not a later rise in rates.

Some good news: This graph shows diagnosed cases statewide over the last couple of weeks. We think our actions have started to bend the curve in our hardest hit counties.

But this only matters if we stay committed to these efforts. And have a long way to go. #WeGotThisWA 3/10

Inslee said the state couldn’t give up after a couple weeks of social distancing — which began earlier this month as schools closed and many workers began telecommuting — and told a reporter that residents needed to be prepared for the order to continue past early April.

3) Late this afternoon a response from WDFW’s Kelly Susewind on yesterday’s halt to fishing began circulating online.

In it he again restates that that as well as closing state water access sites and wildlife areas was a “difficult decision” to make due to the importance of the fisheries and opportunities to the “health and well-being of all Washingtonians … especially in this time of stress and uncertainty.”

But he pointed back to Inslee’s order and the goal of limiting travel around the state, a possible vector of infection.

“Over the last weeks, we’ve seen large crowds at our state’s coastal beaches and riverbanks as people seek an outdoor get away. In fact, in some places, it has been busier than we see in the peak of summer,” Susewind stated.

Photos sent out this morning by WDFW showed bank anglers fishing fairly close together at one of the lakes in the Tucannon Valley last weekend.

This evening a New York Times brief details that 45 people in a 60-member Skagit Valley church choir who met March 10 have symptoms, 27 are confirmed to have the virus and one has died.

And Susewind also pointed to ESA fishery permit mandates requiring anglers to be interviewed as they came back to the dock after fishing over listed stocks.

“The on-site, face-to-face nature of angler interviews puts people at risk of transmitting the coronavirus,” Susewind stated.

While acknowledging that the activity of fishing can generally be done without breaking distancing guidelines, he also pointed to all the steps along the way to and from the water.

“Leaving the house and driving to a boat ramp, stopping on the way to buy ice or gear, helping the angler on the boat ramp in front of you, filling up for gas, and visiting the local grocery store. All of these interactions put you and local communities at risk,” he stated.

That included healthcare infrastructure there and the ability of elderly residents to shop for food in or near their hometowns.

Susewind wrapped up by saying that the fishing as well as land closures will be looked at again April 6.

He has a date to talk about things much sooner with Nelson, this Saturday morning between 6 and 8 a.m.
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Anybody want to bet they give lower river quata to the commercial fleet..... washinton isn't budging on closing all recreational fishing , the only state to do so.
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Anybody want to bet they give lower river quata to the commercial fleet..... washinton isn't budging on closing all recreational fishing , the only state to do so.

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Old 04-07-2020, 03:48 AM   #22
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Oregon and Washington have done a great job of flattening the Covid-19 curve and according to Oregon Health Authority data, graphs we appear to be beyond the peak of the curve.

Is there any talk at the State levels of allowing springer fishing on the Columbia?


With some social-distancing at the boat ramps this seems like a reasonable activity to allow folks to do while quarantined. As a comparison grocery shopping or trips to Home Depot social-distancing rules and exposure risk are exponential multiples higher than a boat ramp.
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Anybody want to bet they give lower river quata to the commercial fleet..... washinton isn't budging on closing all recreational fishing , the only state to do so.

We/they have until June 15 to access the non tribal allocation. If, IF, this thing passes by, say May 15, there will still be time for lower river sports to get "our" share. Left over allocations should get shifted to upriver sports, not not tribal commercials.
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We/they have until June 15 to access the non tribal allocation. If, IF, this thing passes by, say May 15, there will still be time for lower river sports to get "our" share. Left over allocations should get shifted to upriver sports, not not tribal commercials.
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Old 04-07-2020, 08:45 AM   #25
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Maybe there's a sliver lining - maybe we'll get to fish the CR during the peak of the run in April or May for once.
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Washington governor said no way not even going to discuss it until may4th
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