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Ryan Bigley- Sound Bite Sportfishing-
Coho Snohomish, Skykomish, Snoqualmie- Tim Himmelberger
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Hello to all and
hope you had a great summer. We have many
issues in front of us. Our WDFW Director is
resigning and this is going to be quite
challenging. This is a very challenging job.
It is overseeing our lands, waters,
fisheries, hunting, enforcement, etc. A very
thankless job with a huge amount of
responsibility. I don’t know where this is
going to lead with a new director. A huge
thank you to Phil Anderson for his hard
work. Many do not know how much he has done
for our fisheries including being
instrumental in stopping the big tractor
tired bottom draggers off of our coast and
shutting down draggers in the Puget Sound.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of many
other things he has done for us.
Some of our main
issues we are going to be dealing with are
hatchery lawsuits and how to get our
Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans
approved by NOAA so that WDFW is not on the
hook for more lawsuits. At our hearing with
Senator Kirk Pearson over the Wild Fish
Conservancy lawsuit/settlement with WDFW.
At the hearing, WFC went on record saying
the only hatcheries that they approve of are
the closed ones. Rob Jones from NOAA brought
forward that they hadn’t been in a hurry to
get the HGMPs approved because if they
“untied” WDFW from the railroad tracks, they
would be tieing themselves to the railroad
tracks. In other words they would rather
have WDFW sued than them.
HGMPs need to be
reviewed and approved by NOAA but they are
low on staff and are very complex. This is a
huge obstacle in our fisheries. But stay
tuned as we have budget issues to deal with
on top of all of this.
Soldiers will be September 13 and everyone
should come and honor our war heroes. Most
chapters will be supplying the boats for
this event to take them fishing. For more
info go to
Lions Club Derby for the Blind will be the
following day, Sept 14, where we take blind
people fishing. Everett has been doing this
for longer than I have. I think this will be
my 10th year. PSA donates most of
the boats and crew for this wonderful event.
Come and learn
how to fish from our skilled members at a
local chapter. We are the true
conservationists in Washington that work
using common sense on 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.