I favor allowing fishing in Spirit Lake. Allow public access under regulations set up by WDFW and the forest service with full consideration given to procedures to protect scientific interests.
The law states that the area should be used for research and recreation.
The idea that this lake has been left 'pristine' is ridiculous. The lake has a boat with outboard motor for 'research'. Aircraft have been allowed on the lake. Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel have been brought in and pumps and construction equipment.
The fish are not native. They were not hiding in a protected pocket when St. Helens blew. The fish have been stocked. They are not a part of a 'natural recovery'.
People are allowed to walk to the lake. Once they are there why should they not be allowed to fish?
Hunters are given very free access to the area. Fishers could be given much more controled access. Bird watchers and hikers are allowed access to the area.
The opposition leaves one with the impression that there would be large numbers of people crowding the lake and detracting from the enjoyment of other visitors. This would be a far stretch of the imagination even if there were no restrictions on access. It is hard enough to see the numerous elk in the area which are considerably larger than people.
Fishing in the lake is already taking place. Why should this be restricted to those willing to break the law.
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