Sockeye fishing getting even more crowded

Hooray for Bill Bailey’s letter (June 26) on crowding on the middle river. Not only are the guides hogging all the prime fishing spots but the state, in all its wisdom, has fenced prime access areas to the salmon with habitat protection fences further decreasing fishing areas. Red fishing is absolutely crazy on the middle river. Those of us whole live here are really suffering when we get on the water and see guide boat after guide boat ferrying customers in an already outrageously crowded river. Every place I go, there is a guide boat with customers occupying choice fishing spots forcing people to fish in dangerous water. Last year I went to one of my favorite spots and it was occupied by a young man who was preparing several poles that were laid out on the bank and when my wife got out of the boat to tie us off, we were informed by this young man that we couldn’t fish there because his employer, a guide, was bringing clients. Guides are commercial fishermen, we take care of the river so that they can ply their trade at our expense. Something is really wrong with this scene and I hear tell that Bing’s Landing facilities are being expanded to accommodate more users. It’s going to be like trying to squeeze 2 quarts of hamburger into a 1-quart Ziploc.

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