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LAKE SAMMAMISH ‘WARM WATER TEST FISHERY’ NETTING RAISES QUESTIONS

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According to the figures, nearly 2,850 fish were caught and removed from the system during those two months, roughly 60 percent of which were native species, 40 percent nonnatives.

Just over 53.5 percent of the overall catch (1,525) was comprised of largescale suckers, a native fish, followed by introduced smallmouth bass (577) at 20 percent and fellow transplant black crappie (258) at 9 percent.

Other species caught include:

Northern pikeminnow (146), 5 percent, native
Brown bullhead (126), 4 percent, nonnative
Cutthroat trout (85), 3 percent, native
Largemouth bass (78), 3 percent, nonnative
Peamouth chub (24), 1 percent, native
Common carp (11), .4 percent, nonnative
Yellow perch (10), .3 percent, nonnative
Hatchery-origin Chinook (3), .1 percent, native
Mountain whitefish (3), .1 percent, native
Hatchery-origin coho (1), .03 percent, native
Rock bass (1), .03 percent, nonnative
Walleye (1), .03 percent, nonnative

full story: http://nwsportsmanmag.com/lake-sammamish-gillnetting-raises-questions/
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So net and kill all spiny rays but don't dare lay a finger on a seal or cormorant in this State?!  Fascinating, not surprising by any means, but fascinating.

Thanks for sharing  :tup:

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So net and kill all spiny rays but don't dare lay a finger on a seal or cormorant in this State?!  Fascinating, not surprising by any means, but fascinating.

Thanks for sharing  :tup:
Lol right?

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I see it more as just another excuse to gillnet.  I am one of the very few,(perhaps only) who thinks that if Pike and Walleye we’re going to be successful on the westside they would have taken over by now.  Look at tench for example, I bet 1000x more Walleye and Pike have been dumped in our lakes then Tench.
It won’t surprise me if there will be future sport closures for fake “gear conflicts” in our future.  I’m all for protecting salmon and Steelhead but gillnets are not the way to do it.  :twocents:
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Please correct me if I'm wrong but years ago they gillnetted the Ballard locks on returning fish and I believe they still do. Couldn't we reduce the netting and see a much larger return to the hatchery.  :dunno:

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Please correct me if I'm wrong but years ago they gillnetted the Ballard locks on returning fish and I believe they still do. Couldn't we reduce the netting and see a much larger return to the hatchery.  :dunno:

Yes!! But the state doesn’t see it that way!! Sportsman are easier to deal with then treaties.

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Yep the samm used to have a great chinook run but the other fish have destroyed them. great crappie lake tho.

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Under the terms of the test fishery, if three wild steelhead are netted, the effort will be shut down immediately. In the LOAF, the Muckleshoots state that there is a “very low to zero” chance of any turning up, and if one did, they suggest it would probably be a Green River stray.

I don't get this part. Are there no wild steelhead that return there?
Did there used to be some?
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Under the terms of the test fishery, if three wild steelhead are netted, the effort will be shut down immediately. In the LOAF, the Muckleshoots state that there is a “very low to zero” chance of any turning up, and if one did, they suggest it would probably be a Green River stray.

I don't get this part. Are there no wild steelhead that return there?
Did there used to be some?

From my understanding, there used to be quite a few.

 


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