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2018 Washington Salmon Season Proposals Available For Comment

The latest state salmon season proposals for Puget Sound and its rivers are now available and up for comment.

The options reflect revisions from WDFW’s March 20 meeting with fishermen in Olympia and take the form of a month-by-month matrix by marine area and species and a five-page rundown on freshwater options.

A WDFW MATRIX SHOWS POTENTIAL CHINOOK AND COHO SEASONS IN WASHINGTON’S MARINE WATERS DURING THE 2018-19 SEASON. THE AGENCY IS TAKING COMMENT ON IT OVER THE NEXT WEEK. (WDFW)

Per WDFW, highlights include:

  • Extending the opening for hatchery chinook in Marine Area 10 into late August.
  • Increased fishing for hatchery chinook in Green River.
  • Coho retention (and catch-and-release fishing for other salmon) in Marine Area 10 in June.

Area 9 would also reopen in August and September for coho, though hatchery only, a relief after last year, when following the close of the summer Chinook fishery, angling was essentially limited to bank only through Labor Day and then closed.

Silver fishing would also be nonselective to the south and in the protected waters of the 8s, which were almost entirely closed in 2017.

The San Juans would also be open for any Chinook in August and September.

However, WDFW has dropped several other ideas, including March blackmouth fishing in Marine Area 10, adding Chinook days on Elliott Bay, running the coho season north of Hood Canal’s Point Ayock into July, and a directed fall chum fishery in Area 9.

The latter two were scuttled because of impacts on other weaker salmon stocks.

On the river front, a Skagit coho season is possible, but things on the Stilly are “TBD.”

Hatchery Chinook would be available on the Puyallup, Carbon and Nisqually.

As for the Skoke, it’s marked “Closed, TBD.”

The proposals will also be the subject of a public meeting next Tuesday morning at the Lynnwood Embassy Suites, and subsequent negotiations with the treaty tribes before final seasons are set when North of Falcon wraps up in mid-April.

To find out more and comment, go to WDFW’s North of Falcon page.

Comments are being taken through April 8.

Also available are the latest proposals for Columbia River salmon seasons, which are the subject of an April 2 meeting in Ridgefield.

Angling Public Can Participate In WDFW’s Puget Sound Rec Fishing Group’s Meetings

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

State fishery managers invite the public to participate in meetings and conference calls of the Puget Sound Sportfishing Advisory Group regarding the establishment of Washington’s 2018-19 salmon fishing seasons.

(ANDY WALGAMOTT)

The group advises the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on proposed regulations and seasons for Puget Sound marine and freshwater recreational fishing, primarily salmon fishing. The 13 members represent the recreational community within Puget Sound.

The advisory group will hold a conference call at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 8. The public can listen to the work session, but there will not be an opportunity for public comment.

Details about how to join the call can be found on the advisory group’s webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/pssfag/, where meeting announcements, agenda items, and a list of the advisors are also available. Anyone wishing to receive e-mail notifications of upcoming calls or meetings will be able to sign up for emails through the advisory group site in the near future.

Each year state, federal and tribal fishery managers gather to plan the Northwest’s recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. This pre-season planning process is generally known as the “North of Falcon” process, which involves a series of public meetings involving federal, state, tribal and industry representatives and other concerned citizens. A public meeting schedule is available online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/.

During Thursday’s call, Puget Sound sportfishing advisors and state fishery managers plan to discuss potential changes to current salmon fisheries as well as possible fishery proposals for 2018-19.

“As we get closer to finalizing salmon seasons in mid-April, we’ll schedule more conference calls and meetings,” said Mark Baltzell, Puget Sound salmon manager. “We encourage the public to listen in on the calls and reach out to advisors with questions and concerns.”

On Thursday’s call, state salmon managers will provide updates about NOAA Fisheries’ guidance on 2018-19 conservation objectives for managing Puget Sound chinook. These objectives will influence salmon fishing seasons this year.

A 10-year management plan for harvesting Puget Sound chinook salmon, initially submitted to NOAA Fisheries last fall, is being revised and likely will be resubmitted in late summer, Baltzell said. State fishery managers will provide updates on the plan to advisors in future conference calls.

More information on the plan can be found on the department’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/chinook/, where WDFW will also post NOAA’s guidance for this year’s fisheries.

8-1, 8-2, 9 ‘Temporarily’ Closing For Blackmouth

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMERGENCY RULE CHANGE NOTICE FROM WDFW

Action: Marine areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9 closed to salmon fishing, excluding year-round piers.

Effective Date:  Nov. 13, 2017, until further notice.

AREA 9 INCLUDES GOOD BLACKMOUTH WATERS SUCH AS MIDCHANNEL BANK AND POSSESSION BAR. (WDFW)

affected: Salmon.

Location:  Marine areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gamble), and 9 (Admiralty Inlet) within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers.

Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, WDFW and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number of chinook encounters – retaining or releasing fish – anglers are allowed in each of these marine areas. Test fishery data indicates that anglers will quickly meet or exceed the guideline for encounters because of the abundant number of juvenile chinook, which anglers can’t retain.

WDFW is closing the salmon season temporarily and will re-open when there are fewer juvenile salmon and more legal-sized salmon available for harvest.

Other information:  WDFW biologists will continue to monitor these fisheries and coordinate with the Puget Sound Sportfishing Advisory Group to determine the most appropriate time to re-open to maximize the fishing opportunity. 

Edmonds Public Fishing Pier is unaffected by this rule change and specific regulations can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphle

$50,000 Raised For Sportfishing Advocacy At 18th Buoy 10 Challenge

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

Anglers from all over the Northwest came together Friday, August 18th, to compete for the most and biggest salmon at the Buoy 10 on the Columbia River, the biggest salmon fishery in the lower 48 states.  They were competing in the Northwest’s most popular derby –NSIA’s Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge. This was the 18th year of the derby and it was quite a success! The Challenge raised close to $50,000 to support NSIA’s mission of preserving, restoring and enhancing Northwest sportfisheries and the businesses that depend on them.

The first place team of RJ Bennett, Cody Clark, Adam Sturdevant and Dave Lewis. (NSIA)

Close to 200 anglers took to the waters off Buoy 10 on Friday. The chinook and coho were definitely biting, with participants weighing in more than 70 fish. Among some stiff competition, the Bob’s Sporting Goods team, captained by RJ Bennett, won First Place Team prize, with an average team weight of 17.75 pounds, winning a prize package that featured G. Loomis trolling rods and Shimano Tekota reels. Tanner Morton’s team captured Second Place Team prize, with 14.99 lb. average weight. The Second Place prize package included Tica Rods and reels for each team member. The Third Place Team was tight on their heels with a 14.39 lb. average per person weight for Jason Berg’s Team North American Hunting Competition, winning Berkley Buzz Ramsey rods and Penn Warfare reels.

Troy Bloom and his nephew Joey McGraw hoist Joey’s first B10 salmon catch – you can tell he’s really proud! (NSIA)

This year the Biggest Fish winner was Tanner Morton, who brought in a 20.90 pound chinook. He was awarded a $1000 check from the Big Fish sponsor, North River Boats. 2017 also saw the introduction of a new award – a $1000 Mystery Fish prize, sponsored by Weldcraft/Duckworth. Any weighed-in fish was eligible to win the prize, (1/72 odds!) which went to Deborh LeBer of the North American Hunting Competition team.

Greg and Don show off a nice Chinook that helped Team Northwest Sportsman make a strong showing at NSIA’s Buoy 10 challenge.

Even though anglers enjoyed such a great day on the water, the excitement was far from over as tournament anglers then got a shot at the more than $10,000 worth of auction items and door prizes. No one left empty-handed

NSIA Executive Director, Liz Hamilton says of the tournament, “The Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge is not only the most exciting fishing tournament on the lower Columbia this summer, but it is also our most important fundraiser. Monies raised will go towards protecting and restoring healthy river systems, defending hatcheries and the millions of smolts they release each year as well as working to increase angler access to fisheries across the Northwest.”

NSIA would also like to thank their sponsors for making this event a success. Their support allows NSIA to have a strong voice in local, state, and federal governments, advocating for policies that keep the sportfishing industry thriving in the Northwest. Please remember these companies and brands when you’re stocking up for your next trip: Atlas Mike’s, Berkley, BS Fish Tales/Brad’s Lures, Cabela’s, Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoors, Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine, Fred Meyer, Freshwater News, G. Loomis, Grundens, Lowrance, Luhr Jensen, Maxima, North River Boats, NW Sportmans Magazine, Okuma, Penn, Raymarine, Shimano, Steven’s Marine, Tica, Weldcraft/ Duckworth. We hope to see you on the waters at next year’s Buoy 10 derby!

Washington Coast Salmon Fishing Report (7-26-17)

THE FOLLOWING REPORTS ARE FROM WENDY BEEGHLEY OF WDFW (TOP) AND JOHN KEIZER OF SALTPATROL.COM (BOTTOM)

Columbia Ocean Area (including Oregon)

A total of 2,701 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 17-23, landing 281 Chinook and 2,527 coho.  Through July 23, a cumulative total of 2,845 Chinook (22% of the area guideline) and 4,330 coho (21% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Westport

A total of 2,587 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 17-23, landing 987 Chinook and 2,054 coho.  Through July 23, a cumulative total of 2,540 Chinook (12% of the area guideline) and 3,404 coho (22% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

JENN STAHL SHOWS OFF A COHO SHE CAUGHT OUT OF WESTPORT LAST WEEKEND WHILE FISHING WITH JOHN KEIZER. (SALTPATROL.COM)

La Push

A total of 75 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 17-23, landing 28 Chinook and 39 coho.  Through July 23, a cumulative total of 184 Chinook (7% of the area guideline) and 92 coho (8% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Neah Bay

A total of 1,698 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 17-23, landing 1,156 Chinook and 570 coho.  Through July 23, a cumulative total of 5,854 Chinook (74% of the area guideline) and 1,258 coho (29% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

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Had a great weekend fishing the Jenn Stahl on Saturday. Jenn caught some kings and coho. The fished have arrived in numbers now and we’re just south of the harbor with most of the fishing taking place just outside the GH buoy. We had great action on a Green Spatterback squid behind a Pro-Flasher and on a Fish Flash and KingFisher spoon. Pro-Cure Bloody Tuna Gel scent worked very well as a scent.

I also had Amercian Idol winner Taylor Hicks on the boat this weekend. Taylor hosts a new show called State Plate which airs on the INSP network. This episode will air in the upcoming season.

Washington Coast Salmon Fishing Report (7-12-17)

THE FOLLOWING REPORTS ARE FROM WENDY BEEGHLEY OF WDFW (TOP) AND JOHN KEIZER OF SALTPATROL.COM (BOTTOM)

Columbia Ocean Area (including Oregon)

A total of 1,885 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 3-9, landing 770 Chinook and 177 coho.  Through July 9, a cumulative total of 2,212 Chinook (17% of the area guideline) and 318 coho (2% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

“I JUST LOVE HOW THESE OCEAN ‘NOOKS REFUSE TO QUIT!” SAYS JEFF ANDERSON, HERE WITH A RECENT ONE. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Westport

A total of 2,355 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 3-9, landing 498 Chinook and 261 coho.  Through July 9, a cumulative total of 1,269 Chinook (6% of the area guideline) and 261 coho (2% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

La Push

A total of 86 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 3-9, landing 54 Chinook and 6 coho.  Through July 9, a cumulative total of 89 Chinook (4% of the area guideline) and 25 coho (2% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Neah Bay

A total of 1,975 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 3-9, landing 1,472 Chinook and 245 coho.  Through July 9, a cumulative total of 2,346 Chinook (30% of the area guideline) and 397 coho (9% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

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Fished Westport this weekend landed 2 kings and a coho Saturday and one king one coho Sunday pretty slow fishing overall. Top producer for us was a Gold Star Spatter squid behind a Pro-Troll flasher with Bloody Tuna Jell Scent on it. We fished 300 ft of water NW of the harbor best downrigger depth was 110ft. The ocean is full of pink Pyrosome Tunicates. They are a colony of plankton eating clones. They get caught on the downrigger wire and will also trip your rod off the release clip.

THE BANE OF COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN EARLIER IN THE YEAR, RECREATIONAL ANGLERS ARE ALSO FINDING PYROSOMES CLOGGING UP THEIR GEAR. (SALTPATROL.COM)

 

Westport Salmon Opener Kicks Out A Few

THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORT WAS WRITTEN AND SUBMITTED BY DAVE ANDERSON

July 1st marked the opener for Salmon in Area 2 Westport, so we ended up bringing the Lumacat down to Westport to embark on its 1st ocean trip. Westport will be her home for the summer.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

After talking with all the usual guys in my network we pointed north to fish on the beach up by the casino Saturday morning. Started out fishing 3-inch Silver Horde Irish cream and cookies n cream spoons behind nuclear crush flasher on the bottom in 30 feet of water and picked up quite a few smaller undersized fish, but were able to pick out three keepers.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

From there, we headed out straight from Grays Harbor in about 200 feet of water and picked up a bunch of undersized fish with 80 to 100 feet of wire with the same flasher and spoon set-up as well before we decided to call it a day and head back in.

Sunday morning, pointed the nose back north again and set up right out front of the casino in 30 feet of water and fished the same nuclear crush flasher with a small 3-inch Silver Horde Irish cream spoon. Picked up a keeper and a few undersized fish before things really slowed down.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

We ended up just grinding it out in the same area and switched over to some Short Bus flashers with a 6-foot leader to a herring. With the downriggers down on the bottom we ended up finding some bait balls and worked them hard and picked up a nice grade of Chinook, with one in the low 20s.

The biggest was for Amanda Bennet and it was awesome watching her fight the fish and seeing her excitement and enthusiasm as it came aboard.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

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San Juan Islands Fishing Report (7-3-17)

THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORT WAS WRITTEN AND SUBMITTED BY KEVIN KLEIN, PUGET SOUND ANGLERS

Salmon fishing in the San Juan Islands has been slow to good, depending on your location. Chinook are not everywhere in Marine Area 7, but if you land on them you should be able to put a couple in the box.

We’ve had the best luck in July using Silver Horde 3″ spoons, tied to 48″ of leader behind an 11″ flasher. The limit on Chinook is two hatchery clipped fish.

Sockeye can also be included in your two fish limit, plus two additional. Four Sockeye would be a good haul, but they’re hard to catch on sport tackle in the salt. They are schooling fish and krill eaters, so putting a lot of flash in the water and using small offerings can work.

Picture:

(COURTESY KEVIN KLEIN)

George Harris landed this 26 lb hatchery marked King on the July 1st opener. Great way to start the Summer season in the San Juan Islands!