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5 South Sound General Meeting   Dennis Knutz  will be our speaker and will cover squid fishing in the lower Puget Sound.

10 East Jefferson General Meeting

11 Gig Harbor General Meeting

11 Renton General Meeting

11 North Kitsap General Meeting

12 Sno-King General Meeting

17 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

18 South King County General Meeting 

19 Eastside General Meeting

19 Everett General Meeting

19 Bellingham General Meeting

19 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting

25 Save Our Fish Doug Williams Fall Coho

 Ocean Anglers General Meeting  

 

 

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          State Board Presidents Message

How was your summer fishery? We fished Westport and it was another not so great year. Coho were there but the kings did not show up in any numbers. once again. They seem to be running a different path. They are not being picked up on the shore, mid water or even 300' to 500' by the trollers. Tuna have been staying way out offshore. The chlorophyll line where the algae blooms starts that the bait fish feed on, has been 60 plus miles out. So is that where our salmon went was offshore to feed? We sure have not been able to intercept them in any numbers.

We have not had the regular Westport salmon fishing that typically occurs for two years now. A special "Thank You" to the Washington Coastal Commercial Trollers for allowing us some of their coho quota so we could keep fishing and not shut down. Our species of concern for the ocean salmon fishery was curtailed by impacts to the Queets River coho. Mainly what we were catching was coho and that shut us down early. Kings were occasional catches. Had the Trollers not allowed us those extra fish we would have shut down much earlier.

While we were fishing Westport the pictures of all of the kings being caught in the in the Puget Sound were off the charts! Lots of nice big fat kings being caught while we waited for the big ones to show at Westport. Now we are into a great Puget Sound coho year as I write this. Three Sno-King members yesterday got their boat limits very quickly. Two were done by 8:00 in the morning with a 16.5 pounder being the biggest. This is all out of Edmonds (MA 10) as area 8 and 9 are shut down due to impacts on Skagit and Stillaguamish coho. These two rivers are the low returning drivers this year. We have had a fantastic fishery our selves running down from Everett. It is addicting the fishing is so good!

We hope you are seeing the same results as we have this year on the inside. Its about time that we had a good return of fish. Keep your tip up and tight lines to you. Join your local PSA Chapter!  Don't forget about our upcoming Monroe Sportsman Show April 6,7,8 of 2018!

Thanks

Ron Garner

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiZFghwVOyI

 

 

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PSA State Board Meeting

Saturday

 2017

Oct 14

Start Time is 9:00am

EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER

220 RAILROAD AVENUE EDMONDS, WA

(1 BLOCK SOUTH OF THE FERRY)

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Dec 9

 

 

 

 

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