I really hope many of you are enjoying our resources and by the time you read this crabbing is in full swing. Some areas showed in the tests that the biomass could be down as we have been at some all time highs.
Fishing for kings will be open and hopefully with the cooling oceans we might start to see a shift in the quality of the fish. We need to see the bait recover so the fish can start eating again. If you have never fished salmon plugs, this is the time to do it. 5-6" in the sound and 6-7" in the ocean. Plugs are fished at 4 mph and faster are real producers-my go to favorite lure for bigger kings. Many people talk about not fishing them because they do not work. They don't work because people tow them too slow. Once you get one that really catches fish, you guard it with your life.
PSA is starting to work on salmon hatchery production to try to get our fish returns back up. Fighting over the last fish is not where we should be. It's time to start going the other way. More fish=less fighting. This is sorely needed to start rebuilding fishing tin this great state. When fishing issues come to you, please ask yourself, "Does this put us back on the water?" This is the way we should look at anything we have to deal with. Too many times there are hidden agendas to decision making. Many times its not in our best interest. This should become second nature.
There is an issue at play-our Crab Catch Record Card reporting program is being challenged in the northern Puget Sound by some tribes. We spent 10 years building this system with WDFW and it has to be one of the best accounting systems that the department has. We dont think there is a better system out there to account for. We were surprised that WDFW allowed a Pilot Program and the funding to do a check against this system when they are hurting for funding.
The June 29 Baker Lake/Skokomish Eyed egg transfer meeting will have happened by then. This is where the Skokomish tribe is going to get eggs from Baker Lake to jump start a new sockeye program in the Hood Canal area. There is a lot of skepticism on allowing this to happen when they kicked us off of the Skokomish river. I would like to see us back on that river.
I hope that you have a great summer and get to catch a lot of fish and crab. Be safe out there.
Salmon for Soldiers 2017- It’s ON! We are FISHIN’!
We will have a marked-selective COHO fishery in MA-10 during our event slated for August 26, 2017, out of the Port of Everett!
Did you know that some yelloweye rockfish
that are here today were Washington residents before it became a
state in 1889? They have been and continue to be an important
part of our heritage.
Halibut and bottomfish fishing have also
been a part of Washington’s culture for hundreds of years. Many
generations of fishermen have relied on halibut and bottomfish
for food and recreation.
A recent stock assessment indicates that
the yelloweye rockfish population has declined over 80% from its
initial level. As a result, immediate action must be taken if
the stocks of these long-lived fish are to be rebuilt.
To rebuild yelloweye rockfish populations,
the harvest opportunities for this species must be severely
curtailed. In recent years, the Pacific Fishery Management
Council has set yelloweye rockfish harvest levels for all
commercial, recreational, and tribal fisheries combined for
California, Oregon, and Washington of about 17 metric tons (mt).
This number includes yelloweye rockfish that are discarded at
The Washington recreational harvest target
is about 2.7 mt (fewer than 1,000 fish) in coastal waters. To
put this in perspective, in 2001, the Washington recreational
fishery harvested 15 mt.
Yelloweye rockfish, in general, are harvested during the
Washington recreational halibut fishery. If the yelloweye
rockfish catch is projected to exceed 2.7 mt, then Pacific ocean
waters adjacent to Washington outside 25 fathoms will be closed
to recreational bottomfish fishing (including halibut).
If yelloweye rockfish cannot be avoided when anglers are
targeting halibut, then we may have to close recreational
halibut fishing in the future to protect yelloweye rockfish.
Because the yelloweye rockfish stock may not be rebuilt for over
100 years, the problem of managing the yelloweye fishery will
continue through our lifetime; however, you have the ability to
help save the halibut fishery now and preserve the yelloweye
resource for the future.
Live to be 120 years old
Range extends from Mexico to Alaska
Found in deeper, rocky bottom areas
Slow growing,low productive species
Reddish-orange in color with bright yelloweye
Commonly called "red snapper"
Often spend their entire lifetime on one rockpile
How You Can Help
If you are participating in the recreational halibut or
bottomfish fishery, please avoid areas that are known to
have yelloweye rockfish.
If you do accidentally catch a yelloweye, please return
to the water s soon as possible.
Help spread the word to others about the severity of the
yelloweye rockfish depleted population and the possible
consequences of not avoiding yelloweye areas
If you do not know what areas may have yelloweye
rockfish, please consult a local resort, motel, or charter
office or other expert before fishing