Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Update on Summer Steelhead in the Tucannon River

Social Hour and Dutch Treat dinner begins at 6:00 pm and business meeting follows thereafter...
This evening President Tom called our meeting to order at 7:11.
We had 14 members and guest in attendance.

Business at hand was:
~Tom is considering giving up his Presidency to the Walla² Fly Fishers. He said he wanted to maintain a very active role as a member, but felt that it was time for some new energy to lead the club.

~Jerry said he could use some helping hands next Tuesday 10/27 @ 1:00pm to load a 12’ NRS pontoon boat onto a trailer which is being donated to our local Project Healing Waters organization.

~Barbara gave us a good fishing report from her fishing trip on the Wallowa and Grande Ronde rivers with Grant Richie. See the blog posting of this trip for fun fishing details.

~Treasurer Doug reported that the club currently has over $1075.00 in our checking account. He also reported that the club donated $270.oo to Project Healing Waters after our 2015 Fly Fishing Fair.
This evening's fly boxes ~ club archives ~ library(books and disc)

This evening Dave won the fly box door prize, and Jerry won the fly box raffle. Thank you everyone for you fly donations and purchase of raffle ticket for club funding.

Jerry wins the door prize fly box

Our speaker for this evening was Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) salmon and steelhead biologist Joe Bumgarner. 

Joe has been the lead bio for compiling information on salmon and steelhead in the Tucannon River basin since 1993.
His presentation was a very through PowerPoint Presentation of maps, facts and statistics of particularly the steelhead population of the Tucannon River basin and that of the lower Snake River drainage.

Joe gave us a recent history of the stocked steelhead population of our area fisheries, the data that he WDFW, NOAA, the CTUIR and Nez Pierce tribes have kept over the years since 1993.
His report (PDF) can be downloaded and viewed by following this link ---> Washington Grande Ronde steelhead mitigation Wallowa program

He also told us about the complication of dealing with this many organizations in setting rules and regulations for this particular region’s fisheries programs.

It was strongly suggested that before fishing in the Tucannon River basin particularly for steelhead that one has an understanding of the Washington State fishing regulation for these waters.
Because of the large amount of data, that Joe gave us this evening and the changing fishing regulations that govern the Tucannon and lower Snake rivers, this writer is going to point our readers in the direction of the authority of WDFW for the most current updates of fishery and conservation rules.

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After Joe’s formal presentation he took quite a few Q&A’s from the club members that have spent many days “working” at steelhead fishing the Tucannon River.

Joe, Thank You for your time, effort and updated information-presentation to our club.

This meeting was adjourned at 8:30 and thereafter many of us stuck around to discuss recent fly fishing adventures and to talk with Joe.

Respectfully submitted,
Dale McKain
Club Secretary

Tom Craig – President
Dave Stemmer – Vice President
Doug Coe – Treasurer
Dale McKain – Secretary - Blogmaster 
Gerald Newell - PROJECT HEALING WATERS Coordinator 

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