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Calendar for July

6 South Sound General Meeting  

11 East Jefferson General Meeting

12 Gig Harbor General Meeting

12 Renton General Meeting Captain Car Nyman has many years’ experience fishing the sound in areas 9, 10 and 11

12 North Kitsap General Meeting

13 Sno-King General Meeting Mark Baltzell is going to talk about the value and need for recreational fishers to submit Voluntary Trip Reports (VTR) for salmon encounters in Area 10.

18 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

19 South King County General Meeting 

20 Eastside General Meeting "Walleye 101" with Mark Hovland

20 Everett General Meeting

20 Bellingham General Meeting

20 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting

26 Save Our Fish Aaron Bosworth and Brody Antopa WDFW Green River/other Puget Sound matters.

 Ocean Anglers General Meeting  



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          State Board Presidents Message

                 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!
Boaters, Veterans, Active Duty and Reservist personnel can register for this event by emailing Randy Shelton at cabincreekadventures@yahoo.com.
Boater participation will be limited to the first 150 vessels. Must be registered to attend!
For more information, visit the website at www.salmonforsoldiers.com and on Facebook, or call Randy at 425.330.0415. 

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Join a PSA Chapter near you as we are working hard on your behalf to keep us on the water.

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




 RFA Washington


PSA State Board Meeting



June 10

Start Time is 9:00am




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Oct 14
Dec 9





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