I'm wondering what people's views are on this. In 2008 a proposal passed that directs the Department of Fish and Game to manage to stay within goals. How does this work as applied to Fish Creek? Dipnetting opened, and was a huge success. But now August 1 is past, and it is closed to all fishing until Aug 14, when 2 12 hour periods per weekend will be allowed, for sportfishing. The top end goal for sockeye is exceeded, and over 15,000 fish passed the weir the first two days the creek was closed.
So what does the department have to do, to remain in compliance with the directive to remain within goals? As long as management actions take place within the creek, trying to harvest excess reds will not affect "not meeting the minimum escapement goals in other systems," so is it ok for the Department to sit on their hands and do nothing for the next 11 days?