OH GREAT! Now every ignorant SOB on the face of planet will go there and rape and pillage that place. There will be trash and beer cans everywhere. The creek will be over crowded and over fished! They won't care about daily bag limits, size or anything else about the fish. And the parts that are privately owned (and folks have permission to fish) will likely all be null and void. The owners will quickly get pissed off, by any trespassers.
Damn. Why can't at least a few spots remain a secret? C'mon people...THINK before you type!!!
They only put 20,000 winter steelhead smolt into the Big Elk, with probably 2-3 percent return.
And if you dont have a good feel for the timing of the run, you'll be disappointed like most, stopping to talk to everyone else on the side of the road hearing the "should have been here yesterday" story.
Fall chinook have been closed to fishing in there for the past few years, so thats out too. They put a ton of money into it, putting several hundred habitat tree's in it, hopefully that helps. It definitely had/has a poaching/ zippering problem.