Lake WA Sockeye Fishery?!?! ‘NFW’

A friend, referencing a report on Gamefishin.com of sockeye biting on Lake Washington and Seattle cops purportedly saying there would be a fishery in a few weeks, sent the Rumor Monger into overdrive yesterday.

The RM’s fingers immediately dialed up Fishery Control in Oly … and got nowhere because no managers were available.

So the RM’s fingers dialed up Local Fishery Control in Mill Creek … and got nowhere because managers were either in a meeting or in the field.

So the RM went home last night cursing the friend, sockeye, managers, bios and everyone else with fish slime on their hands.

Then, upon arrival at work this a.m., the RM discovered two things: a voice message from the Lake Washington bio and an email from a reader the hell and gone over in Eastern Washington wanting to know more about a season.

The RM’s fingers immediately dialed up Fishery Control in Oly … and got nowhere because no managers were available.

So the RM’s fingers dialed up Local Fishery Control in Mill Creek … and got nowhere because managers were in the field.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This much the RM knows, however: With only 148,393 sockeye through the locks as of Sunday, the 25th of July in the year of our lord 201o, there is “NFW” there will be a sport fishery on the big lake.

NFW would be an unofficial summary by someone at Fishery Control of some manager’s somewheres words, though of course the manager could not be reached because they’re NFW — not freaking (at) work.

At least 350,000 have been needed to open a season in past summers.

Meanwhile, Yuasa and his Rolodex probably had this story all buttoned up — probably had it yesterday at midday, the RM bets.

But that, dear two readers who glance at this blog from time to time out of sheer boredom (thanks, Mom & Dad!), is the best and all that the RM can come up with for you at the moment.

Sincerely,

RM/Rumor Control

POSTSCRIPT, 9:24 A.M.: FINALLY, THE RM REACHED AN OFFICIAL SALMON MANAGER!!!!

OR AT LEAST GOT A VOICE MESSAGE FROM ONE (I WAS ON THE PHONE WITH A WRITER FAR TO OUR SOUTH FIRMING UP SEPTEMBER ISSUE STORIES).

HERE IS WHAT STEVE THIESFELD, WDFW’S PUGET SOUND SALMON MANAGER HAD TO SAY:

“It ain’t happening. We’re barely going to make 200,000. And there’s no consideration of fishing to a different escapement level this year. It’s still 350,000. There’s been no state-tribal discussions about changing it … No way, no how, pending some Biblical-proportion that happens in August of fish coming in and getting over 350. All indications is that the run is normal timed and we’re not going to get anywhere near the numbers we need to fish. Please squelch any and all rumors you can.”

Rumor squelched.

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