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Reader laments loss of fishing space

Hello,

It sounds to me like they eventually want everyone out of Kennedy Creek altogether. Another case of cramming all of the anglers into an even smaller space based on another bogus liberal environmental concern.

It still amazes me at how little public access there is to all of the water around here, unless you have a boat, and yet they make the access areas that are left even smaller.

This just doesn't make any sense at all to me.

I recently moved here from Montana, so I'm used to wide-open areas to hunt and fish without having to bump elbows every time you turn around, so this kind of action is even harder for me to understand. Although, the longer I'm here, the more clear it becomes as to why everybody from Western Washington goes to Eastern Washington to hunt and fish!

Thanks,

Tim (one frustrated fly fisherman) Thompson

Tim,

Thanks for writing. I hope that Kennedy Creek stays open to anglers and others, as I fish the spot myself, and it's hard to love a natural area that you're not allowed to touch. I'm sure that the state Department of Natural Resources and anglers can get along out there.

Access is a problem to many spots on Puget Sound. That's the bad news. The good news is that the public access we do have is the gateway to some spectacular fun - including fly fishing for coho salmon, chum salmon, pink salmon and sea-run cutthroat trout.

Montana is my notion of paradise, which is why I go there a couple of times a year. I love the great fishing, wide-open spaces and uncrowded conditions. Trout anglers find more good fisheries in eastern Washington and central and eastern Oregon than on the west side of both states. There is good trout fishing on the west side of the Cascades, but you've got to look for it. It's mostly salmon and steelhead country out here on the wet westside.

One of my life goals is to spend an entire spring, summer and fall in Yellowstone. I still wouldn't touch even half of the great trout water. ...

Chester

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