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Calendar for December

4 South Sound General Meeting Christmas party

6 Save Our Fish Holiday Party

9 Gig Harbor General Meeting Christmas Potluck

9 East Jefferson General Meeting

10 Renton General Meeting Bill Meyer will be talking Steelhead fishing on the peninsula rivers

10 North Kitsap General Meeting

11 Lake Washington Annual Christmas Pot-luck, Elections, and Awards

11 Sno-King General Meeting Smoked Fish Contest

16 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

17 South King County General Meeting    

17 Bellingham General Meeting

17 Whidbey Island General Meeting

18 Everett General Meeting Christmas party

18 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting  Bob Kratzer,  The future of Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead 

Calendar for January

22 Eastside General Meeting


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President's Column -

By Ron Garner

Our 2014 sure went by fast. Too much work and not enough playing for many of us. But those who got to get out and travel around to fish did well. We have many items to watch on the horizon for our fisheries.

Critical Habitat for Puget Sound Yelloweye, Bocaccio, and Canary Rockfish has been established by NOAA that is required by law when ESA fish are listed. Next is the rebuilding or recovery plan that is put together by NOAA/NMFS. This plan is then announced and we put in our comments and ideas. So be ready to study this as this can have an effect on the entire Puget Sound and its fisheries. PSA’s new Education, Fisheries, and Conservation Chapter will have more rockfish descending devices coming for us. This is needed to ensure that we are not harming rockfish so that we continue to recover them. We have many ideas on speeding up recovery depending on what the outcome is on some of the studies.

This new PSA chapter is set up to deal with fisheries issues to help in recovery of our fisheries and their habitat. This is an at-large chapter that are members from existing chapters. It’s not a regular chapter that will have monthly meetings, but one to work on fishery issues.

Congratulations to Kevin Lanier for putting together the new PSA Ocean Anglers Chapter. Kevin and Cyndi have moved to Westport. Kevin is still one of the VPs for PSA and this will help in working with our ocean fisheries. Not that we already don’t as we have been for years. But now we have our first ocean chapter. Exciting news will coming from this chapter.

WDFW’s Phil Anderson is getting ready to retire as director. A special thanks to him for all of his hard work with our fisheries. As far as I know, I am not aware of a new director ready to take the reins. This is such a huge thankless job, I cannot imagine anyone wanting it. We wish Phil the best of luck and I expect to see him show up at a larger federal fisheries job. He has more fisheries background than almost anyone I know.  

Come and learn how to fish from our skilled members at a local chapter. We are the true conservationists in Washington that use common sense to deal with our fisheries. Join your local chapter today and be part of the solution. We understand today’s problems and are working together for a better tomorrow. www.pugetsoundanglers.org

If enjoy Puget Sound and Snohomish River Coho fishing or enjoy helping enhance 
recreational opportunities please read on!

I'm Kelli Mack from the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club. We took over a 
private salmon hatchery back in 2009 and got it back into operational condition. 
To date we have raised and released over 240,000 Coho into the Snohomish River 
system and currently have 88,000 more on hand to release next spring.

The eyed-eggs we receive are surplus hatchery fish, which if not kept local, 
would be sent away to distant fisheries. We keep these fish in their home river 
system, enriching our catching opportunities.

Although it's functional the hatchery is in need upgrades to ensure the safety 
of eggs, fry, and smolt as we nurture them along their life-cycle.

Please help by making a tax deductible contribution to the campaign Snohomish & 
Puget Sound Coho Fishing Enhancement going on now on Indiegogo here: Coho 
Hatchery Fundraiser Link

Coho fishing in 2013 was almost 8 times better than in 2010 according to a 
comparison of creel checks at the Everett Public Ramp.


Protecting Washington’s Yelloweye Rockfish

Rockfish Identification Flyer    

Video - Rockfish are back!!

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.

Fishery Management

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 sea.

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.

Halibut Fishery in Jeopardy

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.

Yelloweye Rockfish Facts:

  • 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

Great rockfish recompression video




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PSA State Board Meeting


Dec 13th 2014

Start Time is 9:00am




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