Hello Women with Bait participants & Steelhead Fishing Family,
We are so excited to see you for the 2019 Women with Bait Fishing Tournament!! This year will mark our 25th Annual tournament, an occasion we wouldn’t want to miss.
As you may have heard, the steelhead fishing season could be postponed. However, all hope is not lost! To see this year’s competition move forward, we need your help. The decision sits with NOAA Fisheries, a federal agency and we hope Idaho’s leaders can help.
I am asking that each one of you send a letter similar to what is posted below to Idaho’s Congressional Delegation. We have provided the elected official’s name and where to send the letters. You can use the sample letter we have provided or create one of your own. We need to let them know how important fishing is to the town of Riggins, and we need your help doing that and we hope you encourage others to do that as well.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team and we will get you answers. It is imperative and we make our voices heard, Women with Bait, Steelhead Fishing, and Riggins need you right now.
You can send the letter in to all the emails together or individualize each one. We don’t care how you do it, just as long as you do!
We are also attaching a social media post that we hope you will post and share. It is attached in this email and you will find it on our own Facebook and Instagram page and on our website. Please spread the message that any threat to fishing is a threat to Riggins.
I look forward to seeing you soon, at the tournament.
Rich and RA crew
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RiverAdventuresInc/
Instagram Post/Story – https://www.instagram.com/riveradventuresrigginsidaho
Senator Jim Risch
Senator Mike Crapo
Congressman Mike Simpson
Congressman-elect Russ Fulcher
Subject: Idaho’s Snake River Steelhead Fisheries Plan
Dear Idaho’s Congressman or Senator, (Please add appropriate name)
Once again Idaho’s public lands and natural resources are being managed by threat of lawsuit rather than by sensible Idahoans sitting around a table and determining our future and the future of our natural resources. I am calling on you as part of Idaho’s congressional delegation to step-in to help reinstate Idaho’s full fishing season.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted last week to suspend the steelhead fishing season until a permit can be obtained from NOAA Fisheries. The state agency was forced into the unprecedented situation to protect the Idaho taxpayer from paying frivolous legal fees to Idaho Rivers United who threatened lawsuit. There is plenty of blame to go around, but while these groups fire off lawsuits, Idaho’s rural communities, Idahoans who love to fish and the businesses that form the basis of our local economy are caught in the crossfire.
I want to be a part of the steelhead conservation solution, but lawsuits that shut down Idaho’s recreation industry are not the answer.
We need your leadership. Please step in and press NOAA Fisheries to complete this long overdue permit immediately so Idaho Fish and Game can reinstate Idaho’s full fishing season. Our economy depends on your action as well as Idaho’s sustainable fishery.
(Please sign your name)