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Calendar for May

5 South Sound General Meeting  Larry Phillips WDFW  fresh water Fish Biologist will; be speaking on local plants & lake prospects

10 Gig Harbor General Meeting Annual Spaghetti dinner

10 East Jefferson General Meeting

11 Renton General Meeting

11 North Kitsap General Meeting

12 Lake Washington

Fishing for Kokanee
by Doug Saint-Denis
Ridge to River Outdoors

12 Sno-King General Meeting King and Sockeye Salmon  Opportunities on the Upper Columbia River Presented by Mark Gavin

17 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

18 South King County General Meeting 

18 Whidbey Island General Meeting

19 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting WDFW Police will provide an overview of natural resource law enforcement

19 Everett General Meeting Speakers John & Cathy Falavolito of Westview Marina & Lodge

19 Eastside General Meeting

19 Bellingham General Meeting

25 Save Our Fish Speaker from Western Washington Walleye club

 Ocean Anglers General Meeting  No Meeting



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President's Column -

By Ron Garner

May State Board Presidents Message

The Puget Sound Early Winter Steelhead Hatchery program was saved! Wild Fish Conservancy would have successfully shut down this program through litigation. PSA was very pleased to coordinate our efforts to secure federal approval of the early winter hatchery programs with northern Puget Sound tribes, the Steelhead Trout Club, the Coastal Conservation Association and many other groups concerned about retaining harvest fisheries in the Puget Sound region.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, under the leadership of Jim Scott, special assistant to Director Jim Unsworth worked well with all interested parties to satisfy the federal requirements for continuing these hatchery programs.  Recognition must also be given to Senator Kirk Pearson for securing a letter of support from the Washington Senate that was instrumental in the process.  A special thanks to Frank Urabeck who is a member of PSA, STC and CCA, Frank volunteered to lead the coordinated efforts of the three organizations in our working with WDFW, the tribes and others.

NOAA's Rob Jones in charge of this program did hear us and expedited the program to make sure that this paperwork was completed in time for the fish to be released. On April 15, 2016, NOAA Fisheries issued its final determinations authoriing the release of early winter steelhead from five Puget Sound hatchery programs in the Dungeness, Nooksack, Stillaguamish, Skykomish, and Snoqualmie River watersheds.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced that it had begun releasing over 500,000 juvenile steelhead from Puget Sound hatcheries on April 19, in the Wallace Creek, Reiter Ponds, Whitehorse, Kendall Creek, and Tokul Creek Hatcheries.  The Dungeness Hatchery are also permitted, but those releases are being delayed until May due to run timing. A very special thanks to Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray for understanding that this was not just about Steelhead but the pathway to close all hatcheries.

Thanks to all of you that wrote letters and helped in this campaign. When we stand together we can do just about anything.

From Pat Pattillo-lead for our sportsman groups:

The Recreational Fishing Community stands in strong support of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s announcement yesterday to seek federal approval for Puget Sound salmon fishing independent of the Northwest Treaty Tribes. 

WDFW recognized the potential for failure of the annual salmon fishery agreement process with the tribes, having experienced very difficult negotiations in 2015.  To avert such an outcome in 2016 WDFW From the very beginning of the 2016 negotiation process, WDFW engaged in good faith with the co-managing tribes to reach agreement on very difficult conservation challenges for Puget Sound coho and chinook salmon.  The Recreational Fishing Community applauds the integrity of the WDFW negotiators led by Director Jim Unsworth through the scheduled North of Falcon process and into the recent extraordinary session.  Despite this effort by WDFW, and despite apparent agreement with many of the Puget Sound Tribes, the negotiation process has fallen short of the intended and important co-management outcome.   

Absent agreement on salmon fisheries between the Tribes and WDFW, NOAA Fisheries has warned that processing of federal permits for these fisheries required by the Endangered Species Act would be delayed and could possibly preempt fishing for this season entirely.  The Recreational Fishing Community urges NOAA Fisheries to expedite the ESA approval process to minimize potential loss of fishing opportunity for the state’s citizens as well as for the tribes.

As participants in this year’s salmon season setting process, we are convinced that this unfortunate circumstance could have been avoided if tribal negotiators had adhered to the fundamental principles of co-management that have led the tribes and WDFW to annual fishing agreements until this year.  Among those principles is the importance of understanding the fishery needs of each party and of respecting the right of the tribes and WDFW to conduct their respective fisheries independent of unnecessary oversight by the other party.  Throughout this spring’s negotiations the tribes’ attention was inappropriately focused on the state’s preferred approach to regulating the non-Indian sport fisheries that featured releasing hook-and-line caught weak salmon stocks.  Insufficient time was focused on identifying and agreeing on solutions to the salmon conservation issues at hand – problems that clearly were environmentally caused and not the result of over-fishing.  This failure of the 32 year-old North of Falcon negotiation process requires serious correction if the tribes and WDFW are to avoid a repeat of the 2016 debacle.


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


June 11th 2016

Start Time is 9:00am




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October 15th, 2016

December 10th, 2016




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