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Calendar for November

5 South Sound General Meeting  

10 Gig Harbor General Meeting

10 East Jefferson General Meeting

10 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting Ryan Lothrop from WDFW Salmon Modeling
How to Fish that Place - Resurrection Derby- Jerry Thomas and Mark Schinman

11 Renton General Meeting

11 North Kitsap General Meeting

12 Lake Washington

Are the Cedar River Sockeye in Trouble?
Frank Urabeck and WDFW

12 Sno-King General Meeting Pay your Dues meeting with Frank Haw signing his book "Sport of Kings"

14 Ocean Anglers General Meeting  

18 South King County General Meeting    Mike Zavadlov - Hatchery Steelhead Techniques

18 Whidbey Island General Meeting

18 Save Our Fish Nello Picinich from CCA

19 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting John Beath-Winter Blackmouth Tips and Techniques

19 Eastside General Meeting

19 Everett General Meeting

19 Bellingham General Meeting




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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) announced the release of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Puget Sound early winter steelhead hatchery production as part of its review process for Hatchery Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Puget Sound treaty tribes. The proposed HGMPs must be approved by NOAA Fisheries under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and apply to steelhead production in the Dungeness, Nooksack, Stillaguamish, Skykomish, and Snoqualmie River basins. 

The Wild Fish Conservatory will be making input to shut down these hatcheries. Members of PSA and CCA need to make an impact by submitting as many responses as possible.

NOAA Fisheries is accepting public comments on the DEIS through December 28, 2015.

You can learn more about the DEIS and HGMPs by clicking here.  Comments can be submitted electronically by email to EWShatcheriesEIS.wcr@noaa.gov  If you submit comments by email, include "EWS Hatcheries DEIS" in the subject line. A prepared response done by an avid fisherman and advocate has been prepared National Marine Fisheries Service Response  which can be sent by mail to:

William W. Stelle, Jr.
Regional Administrator
NMFS West Coast Region
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115


President's Column -

By Ron Garner

I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy our outdoors this last summer. It sure was a strange year. As you may or may not know that PSA is actively engaged in management and season setting of our fisheries at many levels. So what's going on in our waters?

This last year there were many things that were abnormal. We are looking at setting one of the highest crab catches on record. Why is the biomass so high in some areas? I had a talk with several WDFW biologists to ask if they had any ideas why. One idea was that the Sunstar die off might have lower competition for food as well as not directly attacked by the star fish too. This thought had never crossed my mind.

Mid October I was invited to sit in a meeting with the Upper Skagit tribe. They reported that the week before, Sockeye were coming in really thick on the Skagit. Huh? July fish coming through in October? Did the warm ocean hold them back? 50,000 Sockeye for the run at that date. I am sure many speculations had already been made about that run and its management, then BANG, here comes the run. What else is there to come? They said they had lots of Chinook coming in too.

Westport had an early summer anchovy mass that showed up down by the GH Buoy. They held there for weeks. Whales were out there gulping them down. Chinook were there and fishing was hot. Then one day they disappeared. After that it got challenging to find them. They seemed to disappear. We were catching our Chinook in August out in 270' of water right on the bottom and the fish were full of large pink shrimp. No bait fish in them. another non-normal event. Shows that fish will adapt to survive, despite what some people will try to tell you.

Inside the Puget Sound there is so much bait now it is crazy. I talked with some of the Puget Sound herring bait companies. They said early in the year that the bait stayed really deep and would not come up, even at night. So bait was nonexistent at that time, until the water cooled off. They are calling for us to have some pretty nice blue and purple sized herring next year.

We have tanner crab in the San Juans and Strait of Juan de Fuca. They are not only doing well but expanding. They are the Snow crab you see on "Deadliest Catch" on TV. Mostly on TV it's the Opilio crab. We have the Bairdi cousin. These are normally in very cold water. For some reason these are doing better here than in BC. I have built pots and caught them myself. They are really deep but don't fit the warming water that we keep hearing about. It should be the opposite.

With the weird things going on we still have a lot of opportunity. Now the winter season is upon us, try to get out crabbing and blackmouth fishing. It's one of my favorite fisheries of the year. Less pressure and blackmouth are really great fighters.  Be sure to get your family and friends out on the water and enjoy our resources. See you on the water and be safe. Join one of the local 16 chapters and make new friends.  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.


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 7th 2015

Start Time is 9:00am




Future meetings

June 13th, 2015

October 17th, 2015

December 12th, 2015




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