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Fish, Wildlife and Parks: Agency catering to out-of-staters

Fish, Wildlife and Parks: Agency catering to out-of-staters

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Fish, Wildlife and Parks has once again catered to the rich out-of-state fisherman!

I just purchased my 2012 fishing license and started thumbing through the new fishing regulations. Lo and behold, I find new changes from Woodside Bridge to Tucker Crossing on the Bitterroot River. The new rule states “catch and release only,” and “use of artificial lures, or flies only.” So what does this tell me? One, Woodside Bridge is a perfect spot to launch a fishing boat. Two, fishing guides from the Bitterroot get more fishermen from out of state because this new stretch is Blue Ribbon trout fishing and is only catch-and-release.

So you tell me; who benefits most from these regulation changes? I would love to know what scientific study this is based on. I am also wondering if someone’s wallet from FWP is getting a little more padded? I am not blaming the fishing guides or outfitters for wanting a bigger clientele, I just want the playing field/stream to be equal.

My family loves to go fishing on the Bitterroot River and its many tributaries, and on occasion we keep several trout to put on the barbecue to eat. My family loves the taste of fresh trout, unlike our FWP biologist Chris Clancy, who suggests that maybe “walleye” is best to eat (Ravalli Republic, Feb. 23). He also suggests that if trout were better tasting, then the management of these fish would be different. Clancy, we all have different tastes, so why make one group of fishermen more important than another? Please make fishing regulations for the good of all fishing groups.

Rob Waldo, Hamilton

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