I just heard that Slikok Creek as of August 4th had 26 chinook pass the weir and only 16 females. Usually by this date the run is pretty well into the river according to ADF&G. That means for three years in a row and more to come I suspect the escapement has been 22, 16, and 16 females. This for a stream that use to produce hundreds of fish.
So now what do we do - ignore it and say it is the cost of doing business. ADF&G Director of Sport Fish does not agree with that position as he told me via a phone conversation that ADF&G will not write this stream off.
I had a petition in to try and get more fish into the stream but that was denied by the BOF based on ADF&G position. Now just what does this mean for the future? Larger closed areas in the mainstem river to reduce harvest? This is the classic issue with tributary systems that have slightly different run timing and a counting system that says things are better than they are.
So I am interested in what people think should happen.