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Calendar for February

2 South Sound General Meeting  Bill Forstrom  will be our speaker & will cover all you need to know about surf perch fishing

8 Gig Harbor General Meeting

8 Renton General Meeting

8 North Kitsap General Meeting

9 Sno-King General Meeting  KEVIN KLEIN "How to catch chinook in the San Juans"

14 East Jefferson General Meeting

15 South King County General Meeting 

15 Whidbey Island General Meeting

16 Eastside General Meeting

16 Everett General Meeting

16 Bellingham General Meeting

18 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting Auction/Fundraiser for Kids Fishing Day, Sunland Golf and Country Club 5pm-8pm

21 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting Emily Grason - Green Crab

22 Save Our Fish Shelby Ross- Ross Outdoor Adventures,  Potholes Reservoir Fishing Guide - Walleye, Bass, Perch

 Ocean Anglers General Meeting  



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State Board Presidents Message from Ron Garner

This year is going to be quite the year. We are seeing lots of snow in the mountains which should be good for cooling off the rivers for our salmon. Looking on sea surface temperature charts we are finally seeing colder water in both the ocean and the Puget Sound.  Both are surely needed. Mother Nature has been painful on our salmon stocks.

We have had some changes on our WDFW Commission. Conrad Mahnken has fulfilled his time on the commission and was replaced by Barbara Baker. Thank you Connie for all of your help. I personally asked Connie (40 years of background at NOAA) to help us with the Puget Sound Rockfish Recovery. We wanted to make sure this plan was on target and not going to far damaging recreational fishing. A big Thank You to Connie for all of his hard work over 11 years as a Commissioner.  Next we have Larry Carpenter whose term also expired in Dec 2016. I was holding off to see if we could announce his reappointment but at the time of writing this, it is not known if he will be reappointed. Larry is the last strong vocal fisheries related seat on the Fish Committee that will stick his neck out for our fisheries. If the Governor decides to not reappoint him this will be trouble. There are rumors that I have gotten from even tribal friends that NWIFC is pushing the Governor to install a tribal person on our commission. This will not work for us  and will surely lead to a big war. This happened once before and the appointment only lasted 3 months. It was not a good fit. We would need a person on the NWIFC to be fair. By the time you read this, the appointment schedule for this seat appointment on Jan 25.

NOF 2017 is going to be interesting again. Barry Thom, the new NOAA West Coast administrator had a roundtable meeting in the Sandpoint office. Some of us went and met with him to go over our Puget Sound problems. North of Falcon salmon negotiations, seal and seal lion predation, Washington state needing its own Salmon Permit (we are piggybacked onto the tribes permit) so that we can manage our own salmon fisheries, and other issues were discussed. This tribal ESA salmon take permit gives the tribes trump power over our NOF negotiations. We also talked about many other things to help fix the Puget Sound Fisheries.  Barry is a pretty good guy and has taken on a very tough job, but he is willing to listen. We didn't get any commitments but I feel we can work with Barry over time. This is something that has not happened for the last couple of decades with Salmon dealing with NOAA.


WDFW License fee increase is not doing very well. This is an explosive issue. This will take some time to unfold. We need to make sure that hatcheries are well managed and continue to put out fish. We do not need any more hatchery cuts.

Hope you enjoyed the Seattle Boat Show and the Puyallup. PSA is bringing back the Monroe Sportsman Show in Monroe on April 7, 8, 9. We really miss this show. They have a new building since the last show and its called the event center. We plan to grow this show to take over the entire Evergreen Fairgrounds in years to come. Also we have the PSA Polly Fisher All Chapters Derby March 25 & 26 at Port Townsend's Point Hudson Marina. Events will be in the Marina room there.

Join a local PSA Chapter and help us to restore our fishing! Go to www.pugetsoundanglers.org.

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



March 4 

Start Time is 9:00am




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Oct 14
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