How was your summer fishery? We fished Westport and it was another not so great year. Coho were there but the kings did not show up in any numbers. once again. They seem to be running a different path. They are not being picked up on the shore, mid water or even 300' to 500' by the trollers. Tuna have been staying way out offshore. The chlorophyll line where the algae blooms starts that the bait fish feed on, has been 60 plus miles out. So is that where our salmon went was offshore to feed? We sure have not been able to intercept them in any numbers.
We have not had the regular Westport salmon fishing that typically occurs for two years now. A special "Thank You" to the Washington Coastal Commercial Trollers for allowing us some of their coho quota so we could keep fishing and not shut down. Our species of concern for the ocean salmon fishery was curtailed by impacts to the Queets River coho. Mainly what we were catching was coho and that shut us down early. Kings were occasional catches. Had the Trollers not allowed us those extra fish we would have shut down much earlier.
While we were fishing Westport the pictures of all of the kings being caught in the in the Puget Sound were off the charts! Lots of nice big fat kings being caught while we waited for the big ones to show at Westport. Now we are into a great Puget Sound coho year as I write this. Three Sno-King members yesterday got their boat limits very quickly. Two were done by 8:00 in the morning with a 16.5 pounder being the biggest. This is all out of Edmonds (MA 10) as area 8 and 9 are shut down due to impacts on Skagit and Stillaguamish coho. These two rivers are the low returning drivers this year. We have had a fantastic fishery our selves running down from Everett. It is addicting the fishing is so good!
We hope you are seeing the same results as we have this year on the inside. Its about time that we had a good return of fish. Keep your tip up and tight lines to you. Join your local PSA Chapter! Don't forget about our upcoming Monroe Sportsman Show April 6,7,8 of 2018!
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