I was riding my snowmachine today on the Chatnika River in the Minto flats and came upon an area were there had to be at least 200 pike heads laying out on the ice. This killing spree had apparently been the result of some guys "subsistence" fishing. From the stories I've heard this year about people seeing as many as 400 pike on the ice at one time, it seems as though the population is going to be in dire need of help. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Maybe it sounds familiar because the same exact thing happened a very short number of years ago, and the pike population was decimated. Fish & Game recently reopened "subsistence" fishing and it seems like we're having the same problem. Something I don't understand is why people who need that many fish for subsistence purposes can afford to buy a snowmachine, pay for the fuel for the snowmachine and the truck, and purchase any other supplies needed for the fishing trip itself. It seems to me that people who say they need the fish could spend less time and money if instead of fishing they just went to walmart and bought Ramen noodle soup.
Thankfully the season in the flats was closed by emergancy order, but I'm wondering how other hunters and fisherman feel about this or things like it.