Last year saw a shortage of brood and Vedder hatchery fish were used for broodstocking.
I am not positive on the exact numbers of smolts that were released for this years return but I'm certain it was short of intended goals.
I will talk to the guy who oversees the program and get exact details.
I am 99% sure that anyone wanting to or able to do broodstocking there would be much appreaciated.
Obviously these fish are of mixed origin as are other LM stocks(despite what steelhead huggers would believe :happy
so using hatchery fish is considered acceptable.
This kind of practice does fly in the face of MOE beliefs and I also think using any returning fish would be far more sensible.
On the topic of returns, some of the smolt releases for this years returning fish were way below intended goals and I think clipped fish will be scarce in a number of sytems.
The good old Vedder is not one of them however and we should see a continued excellent clipped fish component and continued grea wild return.
To say anglers need to step up pressure on MOE to provide us with fish to angle for, would be a gross understatement. I urge all Steelhead anglers to get involved any way you can, ask serious questions and demand serious answers.
This could be a great accomplisment for the local websites, to bring awareness to the vanishing runs of Georgia Basin Steelhead.