Elimination, Or (Further) Reduction?

It’s unclear if an earlier article this week overstated or misreported the potential cuts to Puget Sound steelheading — it used the word “elimination” — or whether WDFW has since backed off such a draconian measure, but an agency spokesman late yesterday afternoon was instead using words like “reducing” and “reduction.”

Of course, this winter’s fisheries are but a shadow of what they were just 10 years ago, when the regulations actually allowed the retention of wild steelhead on some rivers in the basin and anglers enjoyed catch-and-release fishing on the Skykomish into early spring, so how much more reduction or reducing they can take is a pretty damned good question …

… And one I’d follow up on with state staffers today if they were in their office.

It’s Veteran’s Day; they’re out.

And the guy I was haranguing about steelhead is not back in his cube until next Monday, our drop-dead press deadline for the December issue.

I’m not usually a pitchforks-and-torches type of guy, but I’m ready to storm Oly today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s undefended, after all.

Anyway, I’m guessing the radio guys are scrambling to get ahold of Anderson, Stohr or Anyone Else at Headquarters Who Might Have Answers to what is, frankly (and no pun intended), a very fluid situation, and I’ll have much more on this in our upcoming mag.

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