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Calendar for January

5 South Sound General Meeting  

11 Gig Harbor General Meeting Speaker Greg Mueller is the President of the Washington Trollers Association

11 Renton General Meeting

12 Sno-King General Meeting  Todd Girtz Speaker  Ocean Halibut, Lingcod, and bottomfish

13 East Jefferson General Meeting

14 North Kitsap General Meeting

17 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

18 South King County General Meeting 

18 Whidbey Island General Meeting

19 Eastside General Meeting JAMBO'S SPORTFISHING

19 Everett General Meeting

19 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting Dennis Tilton - Marine Radio - DSC, Licensing, MMSI #, AIS

19 Bellingham General Meeting

25 Save Our Fish Lawrence McCrone, a master docent with the non-profit Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, will provide a presentation on the life cycle of Pacific salmon

 Ocean Anglers General Meeting  



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State Board Presidents Message from Ron Garner

I hope all had a great Christmas and an awesome New Year. With 2016 behind us, I really hope we can have a better fishing 2017. It was a tough year on all of us and tackle shops took a hit. Some made it and some are closing as well as Buds Bait in Edmonds. The halibut season will be May 4/6/11 in Marine Areas 2-9. They will do a count after those days and then announce the areas with quota remaining for more openers. The inside halibut fishery MA 5-9 will no longer be a season but quota based. In other words, It will close when the state believes that its count has been caught.

Marine area 1 and 2 (Ilwaco and Westport) are most likely going to allow retention of Canary rockfish as part of your daily aggregate bottomfish limit as they are considered rebuilt now. Many of us had concerns and advised against the taking of Canary rockfish at this time. It does not take very many misidentified Yelloweye rockfish to be accidentally taken to trigger a coastal shut down. Please take one of our PSA and the WDFW rockfish identification fliers to make sure you are not taking a Yelloweye rockfish when bottomfishing these areas. Both are bright orange. Sometimes they can be really tough to identify. Both can have traits of the other fish. Look for the bright yellow eye on a Yelloweye. This is one of the best identifiers. Normally YE have rounded tail fins where the canary have sharp pointed fin ends. Sometimes YE even have black on the ends of some of the fins. But I have seen them both ways. But if you plan to take them in either of these two areas, please make sure that they are canaries. Use one of our free rockfish descending devices to take back down the ones you are not retaining.

Black rockfish or Seabass take has shown to be going over the allowable amount the last two years. We will be having a meeting about this the beginning of the year. We will let you know the outcome of this meeting.  

Our fisheries have become so complicated that it's tough to fish. Seasons are too short for much fishing of about any type. We have started talking with NOAA asking them to bring back a mediator for North of Falcon salmon setting meetings. We cannot repeat the NOF 2016. Coho fishing for the tribes was off the charts while we sat and watched. The fish were bigger than they had been in many years. There is speculation that the fish stayed out one more year.

PSA is restarting the Monroe Sportsman Show. The Show will be April 7, 8, and 9 at the Evergreen Fairgrounds in Monroe. We will probably be one of the biggest nonprofit shows in the PNW. The money raised will go towards fighting for and helping expand our fisheries. We are planning on growing this show every year going forward as we need major funding to fight for our fisheries.

Our PSA Polly Fischer All Chapters Derby will be in Port Townsend on March 25 and 26 this year. Lat years winner was Troy McKelvey from PSA East Jefferson (Port Townsend). This year we will see who wins it for 2017. This is a fun event with many PSA chapters members meeting each other to become closer friends. Join a PSA chapter near you. Hope to see you 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

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