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Calendar for October

6 South Sound General Meeting

11 Gig Harbor General Meeting Guest Speaker John Keizer - Electronics

13 Lake Washington

13 Sno-King General Meeting

11 East Jefferson General Meeting

12 Renton General Meeting Speaker Bob Everitt Regional Director WDFW Mill Creek Office Aaron Bosworth Regional Biologist

12 North Kitsap General Meeting

20 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting Bruce Bryant on Tuna fishing

20 Everett General Meeting Mike of Jambo's Charters out of Neah Bay will be talking about Deep Water Chinook fishing.

20 Eastside General Meeting

20 Bellingham General Meeting

18 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

19 South King County General Meeting 

19 Whidbey Island General Meeting

26 Save Our Fish Fall outing techniques by club members

 Ocean Anglers General Meeting  



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State Board Presidents Message from Ron Garner

I have to say that writing these presidents messages monthly has been very challenging lately. It feels like doom and gloom as we have nothing to say but loss of fisheries to report.

Frank Urabeck and I have been working on a number of fisheries issues trying to fix them for us. It is very challenging as we have to know all of the facts before moving forward.  Moving forward with inaccurate information can be detrimental to our credibility and could do more harm than good. We have had some major victories such as the PS early winter steelhead which was an attack on all hatcheries. The one we are working on now is the Skokomish River fishery.

Frank and  I had a meeting last night 9/20 with WDFW Director Jim Unsworth, Fish Program Manager Ron Warren, Annette Hoffman Special Assistant, and Mike Grossman with the State Attorney Generals office.  This was a follow up meeting with WDFW after our Skokomish Rally and our two letters to WDFW Director, Skokomish Tribal Chair Guy Miller, and Will Stelle from NOAA, encouraging them to get together to work on opening the river for recreational fishing for 2017.

We were not sure how this meeting would go. We had no feedback on what had happened if anything. To our surprise the department and all had been working intently on this since the closure started. We kept pressure on all parties to come together. What we found out is this one fishery has implications in many areas that were way beyond what we had thought was black and white. I can tell you that the amount of scenarios that could play out was far above anyone could have imagined, including great danger to other fisheries. WDFW and the Attorney General Lawyer confidentially told us explicitly what could happen in many different ways that could play out. We assured them that we would not share some of this information with anyone to help the case going forward. The state believes they own half of the river and the tribes believe they own the entire river.

In the end Director Unsworth told us that he had been able to talk to Skokomish Chair Guy Miller. They had a phone conversation and are in the process of coming together to discuss what can be done to open the fishery for 2017.  There are no promises that they can come to an agreement but they are talking which is a good thing. After the meeting I can assure you  that WDFW is working very hard to get this fishery opened up.  I would like to thank everyone for sending their letters in to all three parties and helping us keep the momentum going in the right direction.

We had no communication with WDFW and had no idea how hard they were working to get this fishery fixed. They were a little taken back that recreationals don't think they are working hard for us. We will have some sort of letter coming out explaining about this fishery when we figure out hope much we can tell. Thanks to all that attended the rally and wrote letters. It is greatly appreciated.

But in the mean time we are still not coho fishing while tribal fishing still continuing. This is truly broken and something that has to be changed. We agreed to no coho fishing and that agreement is not what is happening.

Join your local PSA Chapter and support them. We are all in this together.   


PSA Statement on the WDFW fee increase

We are having troubles coming to terms over the WDFW fee increase. At this time there is no agreement between our recreational fishing groups and WDFW. If they do not come up with some sort of funding, this will hurt our fisheries in the near and long term. General Funds are constantly being removed from WDFW Funding so primarily Recreational License fees are now carrying a huge portion of our state fisheries funding. These severe cuts will probably occur to our hatcheries if they are not additionally funded. The funds from the commercial fishing industry are going into the general funds.General funds are being removed from funding WDFW, so these commercial dollars should be rerouted straight back into WDFW, to help manage our fisheries and pulled from general funds. Our hatchery systems support $9 Billion Coastal and $2 Billion Strait/Puget Sound.   

I do not understand why general funds are not put into WDFW, instead of cut. Washington State has an obligation through its treaty with the tribes to keep them supplied with fish and game. Now that our license fees pay for much of the hatchery fish. A very large portion of those fish are harvested by the tribes. Our recreational license dollars are raising fish for the tribes? Ludicrous. Washington state has a treaty with the tribes to keep them in game and fish. WDFW is not mandated to raise fish for the tribes. But we are directly doing it now. Why are the recreational fishers of Washington state being forced to pay for the fish that the tribes catch? Where is there any incentive for us to keep paying for these fish when we are not allowed to catch them? This worries me to what the outcome might be.
WDFW funding is a game changer. The state needs to pony up and pay for the tribal treaty right share and not the recreational license holders, as we do not have much opportunity left. In North Of Falcon negotiations, the tribes have forced "in season management' on us, not NOAA. This means that WDFW test fishing boats go in when catchable (larger schools of fish) salmon show up where the fishing is good. Within 3-4 days of good catching, the test boats show impacts on our undersized fish and we get shut down. So we can fish when fishing is bad and as soon as it gets good, we lose that fishery for the season. This is something that occured at NOF a few years ago to get a NOF Puget Sound agreement and the tribes have made us hold up to it ever since. The tribes do not use in season management themselves. 
 We are all going to have to work together to keep fishing but other funds have to support WDFW. 
Ron Garner
Puget Sound Anglers 
State Board

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




 RFA Washington


PSA State Board Meeting


October 15th, 2016

Start Time is 9:00am




Future meetings

December 10th, 2016




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