Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year! Hope all in all it was a great year for you. Lots of issues this last year. We hope to get many of them solved but its time to look ahead and plan your trips in the great outdoors. If you fish, its been tough on you. This last weekend (at the time of this writing) was a great time. Our PSA Sno-King Chapter teamed up with Everett Salmon Steelhead Club (Everett PSA) for our winter "Members Only" Blackmouth Derby. We decided to make it a two day derby as we have had so many cancellations due to weather in the past, this gave members a better chance to fish if the weather blows up one day. It was so much fun to get out and do what we love to do-fish! We have all been down in the dumps over lost fishing opportunity, fee increases, and other issues, but what is greater than getting out and fishing?
Its important to still continue to live and enjoy yourself. We live in the most beautiful place on earth and its important to not forget that. Getting our clubs out on the water and fishing is so healthy. People were happy and having a good time like we are supposed to.
We will continue to try to fix our problems but don't forget to stop and smell the roses and get the boat, kids, grandkids, and friends out fishing. That is what its all about.
This next year PSA Sno-King with help of the other chapters is bringing back the Monroe Sportsman Show in Monroe. It will be April 7, 8, 9. We are looking for volunteers to help run the event. It will only get bigger from here. The Seattle Boat Show and Puyallup are coming quickly too. Let's not forget them.
The PSA Polly Fischer All Chapters Derby in Port Townsend will be March 25 and 26 this year, moved forward from April. We have the Marina Room rented again for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Last year East Jefferson took the win for this derby. Troy McKelvey won it. Who will win it this year. Hope to see you there and out on the water!
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