Puget Sound Anglers All Chapters Derby in Memory of
Polly Fischer was held March 28, 2015. It was proceeded
by a Captain's potluck Friday night, where everyone
freely shared their strategy(??). Thanks to East
Jefferson and Renton Chapters for providing the ham and
After a stormy night, Saturday's weather was a pleasant
surprise, and 117 anglers found the water very fishable.
Congratulations to all that met and passed inspection by
a strong WDFW presence!
hard-fought competition ended in with a 3-peat for North
Kitsap! The Cash Leaderboard:
17.21 Steve Lindberg N. Kitsap $936.00
13.85 Richard Benton Renton $585.00
13.49 Brandon Robichaux N. Kitsap $351.00
11.80 Dennis Dawson Renton $234.00
Thanks to our sponsors: Cabelas, Bayside Marine,
Cascade Marine, Silver Horde, 3 Rivers Marine, and North
Kitsap PSA, everyone that caught a fish received a prize
(see below)...and there were plenty left for those of us
that didn't. It turns out that EVERYONE got SOMETHING!
11.47 Bill Warner
10.54 Doug Campbell (Mystery Fish $234.00)
Northwest also won with a donation of $585!
President's Column -
By Ron Garner
This year's North of Falcon was
not successful in the eyes of
the Puget Sound. I was invited
to sit in with the tribes and
WDFW meeting. It was not
pleasant. The tribes message was
that there are real problems in
our fisheries. Many are not
making it home. Their message
loud and clear was that most of
the Puget Sound tribes are at
the end of the road or terminal
fisheries. The Mukilshoots, Phil
Hamilton, made it clear that
everyone was taking their fish
before they got back to them.
Fisheries in front of them need
to stop to let their fish get
home. In a nut shell, that was
the outcome. We were able to
prove that we have been good
stewards in trying not to impact
ESA listed fish. We have gone to
fin clipping hatchery fish,
barbless hooks, teaching people
not to handle or net wild fish
and let them go. The Marine Area
10 fishery was closed down to
protect Lake Washington Chinook.
They are severely depressed. The
news did an terrible job in
portraying the outcome of NOF.
They blamed it on warm water,
but the real reason was NOF
If you removed all of the
sportsfishers off of the waters,
the tribes are still over their
ESA impacts of wild Chinook. But
yet, we were the ones that got
taken off the water. We moved
fish around and worked it so we
could stay open. But that was
not the outcome.
overlook that we have many
predators on our salmon
populations. We have out of
control numbers of seals and sea
lions that have no real
predators to keep them in
balance. We have more than
double of the harbor seals that
the Salish sea can support. It's
no wonder our fish are in such
trouble. Management in my
opinion is plus and minuses. Not
just plusses. Mammals and birds
cannot be left to go unchecked.
Cormorants eat a huge percentage
of our salmon and steelhead fry
coming out of the rivers. Our
seals and seal lions eat our
salmon and herring stocks and
can take them out of balance. In
nature, it balances is self out
but we have screwed it up so bad
that without removal of these
down to manageable levels, we
are not going to see these fish
If we could get
some of the tribes to change
over to purse seines to let wild
fish go through, this could be a
game changer. But I have read
in warm water bunching up fish
in a net is not healthy for them
We are going to
have to look beyond immediate
fighting over fish and look to
long term solutions. We need to
let the wild fish get through
and build world class hatcheries
to get these fish going again.
Not many people knew but there
was a tribal member that used to
shoot the sea lions at the
locks. This was legal for him to
do so. When he passed away, the
sea lions have established a
nonstop buffet and are wiping
out the salmon at high of rates.
together on these problems it is
going to get worse. As each
opportunity goes away, it puts
more pressure on the remaining
fisheries. We need to produce
more fish and quit fighting over
the remaining fish. Time for all
of us to come together and fix
Come and learn how to fish from
our skilled members at a local
chapter. We are the true
conservationists in Washington
that use common sense to deal
with 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.
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