Our 2014 sure went by fast. Too much work
and not enough playing for many of us. But
those who got to get out and travel around
to fish did well. We have many items to
watch on the horizon for our fisheries.
Critical Habitat for Puget Sound Yelloweye,
Bocaccio, and Canary Rockfish has been
established by NOAA that is required by law
when ESA fish are listed. Next is the
rebuilding or recovery plan that is put
together by NOAA/NMFS. This plan is then
announced and we put in our comments and
ideas. So be ready to study this as this can
have an effect on the entire Puget Sound and
its fisheries. PSA’s new Education,
Fisheries, and Conservation Chapter will
have more rockfish descending devices coming
for us. This is needed to ensure that we are
not harming rockfish so that we continue to
recover them. We have many ideas on speeding
up recovery depending on what the outcome is
on some of the studies.
This new PSA chapter is set up to deal with
fisheries issues to help in recovery of our
fisheries and their habitat. This is an
at-large chapter that are members from
existing chapters. It’s not a regular
chapter that will have monthly meetings, but
one to work on fishery issues.
Congratulations to Kevin Lanier for putting
together the new PSA Ocean Anglers Chapter.
Kevin and Cyndi have moved to Westport.
Kevin is still one of the VPs for PSA and
this will help in working with our ocean
fisheries. Not that we already don’t as we
have been for years. But now we have our
first ocean chapter. Exciting news will
coming from this chapter.
WDFW’s Phil Anderson is getting ready to
retire as director. A special thanks to him
for all of his hard work with our fisheries.
As far as I know, I am not aware of a new
director ready to take the reins. This is
such a huge thankless job, I cannot imagine
anyone wanting it. We wish Phil the best of
luck and I expect to see him show up at a
larger federal fisheries job. He has more
fisheries background than almost anyone I
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
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