Neah Bay

bducky

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I could be wrong but didn’t the Makahs give us some of their quota a few years back? The locals up there have always been kind to us and even the tribal fishermen have been kind to us. As long as you’re respectful you get it in return.
I believe it was a halibut quota, they were helpful to me on any # of occasions from telling me where to place crab pots to immediate fishing reports. The fact that they have refused to "develop" their land with a casino and or huge hotel and resort tells a lot about their commitment to their land and their people. It could be a cash cow for a financially strapped community, but glad to see they are careful about how development proceeds. Coast Guard there are also great people, but Coast Guard people are great no matter where they are based.
 
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Rellis

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You guys talk about how Neah Bay used to be a quiet small outpost for fishing. I remember when I first was going to NB, there was a large commercial fleet. Several resorts for lodging existed and there were at least three cold storages for processing fresh salmon. The Makah have taken over the businesses. They have managed their corner of the world in a planned and responsible manner.
 

FishPimpII

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You guys talk about how Neah Bay used to be a quiet small outpost for fishing. I remember when I first was going to NB, there was a large commercial fleet. Several resorts for lodging existed and there were at least three cold storages for processing fresh salmon. The Makah have taken over the businesses. They have managed their corner of the world in a planned and responsible manner.
I have only fished there for 30 years or so and I wouldn’t say that it was “quiet” 20-30 years ago but the fishing pressure, especially for bottom fish, was spread out over a much larger timeframe rather than just a couple/few crazy weekends.
 

Rellis

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Jeff, I concur that Neah Bay and many other marine areas have seen a surge in popularity. I believe the increasing population in the state and the internet have a lot to do with the increase. That is why you won’t see me post many reports.
 

Pipe Dream

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Damn, you guys are really making me feel old. First started to go to NB in the mid-50s (age 8) when that part of the waterfront not in commercial operations was full of "resorts" with 16 foot open tiller boats for rent. Huge internal tribal conflicts; those who wanted the revenue versus those (rightfully) pissed over having their community taken over for a couple months. But there was fine dining in Rosie's Cafe - an old barge on the beach. Yes, an experience not to be forgotten.
 
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BugeaterInWa

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Shirley some of you "Older" guys also remember all the different resorts along the way to Neah that no longer exist. LOTS of them, they are all gone now.

Heck, the Hood Canal used to be all but ringed with resorts. Not anymore.

So to me, we are back to only so many places you can launch from now so we are all having to go to the same places. Then the fishing regs are made for non-stop fishing derby style seasons and again, we are all stacked up on eachother.

The good ole days... are gone, the majority of places to go to recreate are dwindling and becoming fewer and fewer.
 
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Pipe Dream

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Shirley some of you "Older" guys also remember all the different resorts along the way to Neah that no longer exist. LOTS of them, they are all gone now.

Heck, the Hood Canal used to be all but ringed with resorts. Not anymore.

So to me, we are back to only so many places you can launch from now so we are all having to go to the same places. Then the fishing regs are made for non-stop fishing derby style seasons and again, we are all stacked up on eachother.

The good ole days... are gone, the majority of places to go to recreate are dwindling and becoming fewer and fewer.

Surely do! Raised in Edmonds I recall that there were two on the north side of the ferry dock and one (Andy's Boathouse) on the south side. We launched out of Andy's many times with the 14 foot rental boat on a cart which would roll down the tracks to the water then stop while the motor was let down and started. Then off for a day on the water. Reverse the process coming back.

One other little anecdote was the entrepreneur who sold food, drink and bait from his boat among the fishermen on Possession bar.

An FYI - WDFW is still trying to pry a permit out of the Corps of Engineers to complete the ramp at the Point No Point location. It has been at least six years since that permit application was submitted and it has been in abeyance due to tribal objections. The last of the tribal input occurred in June 2019 so at least seven months since then and still no decision.
 

BugeaterInWa

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Surely do! Raised in Edmonds I recall that there were two on the north side of the ferry dock and one (Andy's Boathouse) on the south side. We launched out of Andy's many times with the 14 foot rental boat on a cart which would roll down the tracks to the water then stop while the motor was let down and started. Then off for a day on the water. Reverse the process coming back.

One other little anecdote was the entrepreneur who sold food, drink and bait from his boat among the fishermen on Possession bar.

An FYI - WDFW is still trying to pry a permit out of the Corps of Engineers to complete the ramp at the Point No Point location. It has been at least six years since that permit application was submitted and it has been in abeyance due to tribal objections. The last of the tribal input occurred in June 2019 so at least seven months since then and still no decision.
and a local politician in North Kitsap as well as some on this site opposing it. I've been aware and sorta involved with that.

They are inisting it to be a car top launch.
 

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and a local politician in North Kitsap as well as some on this site opposing it. I've been aware and sorta involved with that.

They are inisting it to be a car top launch.
Pretty self-centered of them. I can understand concerns of the immediate neighbors but it was a commercial resort then bought out by WDFW with the clear intent of a launch. Kind of like buying next to an airport and then complaining about the noise.