Catch Rules Unmonitored
by Wendell D. Mills
The Columbian, October 1, 2008
I read with dismay the Sept. 24 story, "Officials increase catch limit." The limit was increased from one chinook per day to two for anglers. Gillnetters were also allowed numerous days of netting starting Sept. 24 through Oct. 3. The sportsman may well stay home as it is common knowledge that the chance of catching a fish after gillnets have been in the river is almost zero for the following three days.
I was fishing at the popular buoy marker "49" on Sept. 23 from 4 p.m. until dark. I counted at least three gillnet boats heading upriver and returning, a full day ahead of the official start. Who is monitoring this fleet?
Who are these "officials" who indiscriminately and on short notice set the seasons? I would respectfully appreciate knowing their names so that we too can be heard. Hiding behind the cloak of bureaucracy only heightens ire and distrust in our government. Yes, the limit was increased, but for whom?
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