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Calendar for May

7 South Sound General Meeting  Jake Fay, speaking on lake fishing on inland lakes in upper British Columbia

12 Gig Harbor General Meeting Spaghetti Feed

12 East Jefferson General Meeting

13 Renton General Meeting

13 North Kitsap General Meeting

14 Lake Washington

14 Sno-King General Meeting Steve Chamberlin of Sounder Solutions is a sonar professional with 29 years of experience and will be discussing basic fish finder operation and interpretation.

19 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting Robert May, of Heart Beat Safety Training Center North Whidbey
will present How to handle medical emergencies on the water.

20 South King County General Meeting    

20 Whidbey Island General Meeting

21 Bellingham General Meeting

21 Everett General Meeting Speaker Greg Rockenbach of Greg's Custom Rods

21 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting

21 Eastside General Meeting Denis Saint-Denis Kokane Fishing

27 Save Our Fish



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The Puget Sound Anglers All Chapters Derby in Memory of Polly Fischer was held March 28, 2015. It was proceeded by a Captain's potluck  Friday night, where everyone freely shared their strategy(??). Thanks to East Jefferson and Renton Chapters for providing the ham and beverages.
After a stormy night, Saturday's weather was a pleasant surprise, and 117 anglers found the water very fishable. Congratulations to all that met and passed inspection by a strong WDFW presence!
A hard-fought competition ended in with a 3-peat for North Kitsap! The Cash Leaderboard:
17.21 Steve Lindberg N. Kitsap  $936.00
13.85 Richard Benton Renton    $585.00
13.49 Brandon Robichaux N. Kitsap  $351.00
11.80 Dennis Dawson Renton  $234.00
Thanks to our sponsors: Cabelas,  Bayside Marine, Cascade Marine, Silver Horde, 3 Rivers Marine, and North Kitsap PSA, everyone that caught a fish received a prize (see below)...and there were plenty left for those of us that didn't. It turns out that EVERYONE got SOMETHING!
11.47 Bill Warner
10.54 Doug Campbell (Mystery Fish $234.00)
9.5 John Vanderhalf
9.44 Jerry Day
7.30 Mike Shea
5.66 Gary Edin
5.16 Jim Workman
Fish Northwest also won with a donation of $585!



President's Column -

By Ron Garner

This year's North of Falcon was not successful in the eyes of the Puget Sound. I was invited to sit in with the tribes and WDFW meeting. It was not pleasant. The tribes message was that there are real problems in our fisheries. Many are not making it home.  Their message loud and clear was that most of the Puget Sound tribes are at the end of the road or terminal fisheries. The Mukilshoots, Phil Hamilton, made it clear that everyone was taking their fish before they got back to them. Fisheries in front of them need to stop to let their fish get home. In a nut shell, that was the outcome. We were able to prove that we have been good stewards in trying not to impact ESA listed fish. We have gone to fin clipping hatchery fish, barbless hooks, teaching people not to handle or net wild fish and let them go. The Marine Area 10 fishery was closed down to protect Lake Washington Chinook. They are severely depressed. The news did an terrible job in portraying the outcome of NOF. They blamed it on warm water, but the real reason was NOF negotiations.

If you removed all of the sportsfishers off of the waters, the tribes are still over their ESA impacts of wild Chinook. But yet, we were the ones that got taken off the water. We moved fish around and worked it so we could stay open. But that was not the outcome.

We cannot overlook that we have many predators on our salmon populations. We have out of control numbers of seals and sea lions that have no real predators to keep them in balance. We have more than double of the harbor seals that the Salish sea can support. It's no wonder our fish are in such trouble. Management in my opinion is plus and minuses. Not just plusses. Mammals  and birds cannot be left to go unchecked. Cormorants eat a huge percentage of our salmon and steelhead fry coming out of the rivers. Our seals and seal lions eat our salmon and herring stocks and can take them out of balance. In nature, it balances is self out but we have screwed it up so bad that without removal of these down to manageable levels, we are not going to see these fish return.

If we could get some of the tribes to change over to purse seines to let wild fish go through, this could be a game changer.  But I have read in warm water bunching up fish in a net is not healthy for them too.

We are going to have to look beyond immediate fighting over fish and look to long term solutions. We need to let the wild fish get through and build world class hatcheries to get these fish going again. Not many people knew but there was a tribal member that used to shoot the sea lions at the locks. This was legal for him to do so.  When he passed away, the sea lions have established a nonstop buffet and are wiping out the salmon at high of rates.

Without working together on these problems it is going to get worse.  As each opportunity goes away, it puts more pressure on the remaining fisheries. We need to produce more fish and quit fighting over the remaining fish. Time for all of us to come together and fix these problems.

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.


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




 RFA Washington


PSA State Board Meeting


March 7th 2015

Start Time is 9:00am




Future meetings

June 13th, 2015

October 17th, 2015

December 12th, 2015




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