As a person who watched a "world class fishery" be destroyed by these exact same actions, I think Spirit Lake should be left alone.
I grew up in Burns, and we used to fish Lahoten Cutthroats from Mann Lake in the 80's. Mann Lake is barbless, single hook, artificial lures only. Which meant that is was really only the fly fishers out there. Add the unstable weather that came from the Steens Mtns, and you had maybe a few people out there fishing.
When a picture was taken of a little girl holding a 32" cutthroat caught there, everyone flocked to it. The agency responce was to build a parking lot, add bathrooms, create a campground, all while trying to maintain the barbless, single hook, articifial lure poilcy. Now there is trash everywhere, a parking lot, pit toilets, and the lake is being considered for "Chemical Cleansing" because people snuck non native fish in they were using for bait (gold fish I believe). Now a world class fishery, Mann Lake, is destroyed because a few people decided the everyone has the right to be everywhere.
Can't we enjoy the fact that a place like Spirit Lake exists and we don't have to "harvest" from it or take something away because we feel we need to fulfill some need of the ultimate experience? That is what got our world in trouble right now: everybody thinking they were entitled to everything.
Once you open that door to one group, everyone will want in! The bait fishers and hardware throwers won't wait for there turn!
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