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Yuasa: ‘Winter Chinook Fishing Hitting Full Stride’

Editor’s note: The following is Mark Yuasa’s monthly fishing newsletter, Get Hooked on Reel Times With Mark, and is run with permission.

By Mark Yuasa, Director of Grow Boating Programs, Northwest Marine Trade Association

It’s the start of 2018, and there are plenty of on-water salmon fishing activities to ring in during the New Year!

If you catch my drift this isn’t a time to sit back on the couch in front of a fireplace or TV as winter chinook fishing is hitting full-stride, and the table quality of these fish are like non-other to be had on the BBQ grill.

BE SURE TO CATCH THE SUNRISE AT SEKIU WHEN IT OPENS FOR SALMON FISHING ON MARCH 16. (MARK YUASA)

Keep in mind closing dates on many fishing areas mentioned below could hinge on catch guidelines or encounter limits for both sub-legal and legal-size chinook that often make or break if anglers can fish for hatchery-produced salmon. This unfortunate situation came to fruition in November for two northern marine areas when the sub-legal catch skyrocketed.

On that note, my word of advice is to go sooner than later, which will likely guarantee you more time on the water.

The San Juan Islands (Marine Catch Area 7) opened Jan. 1 with fishing allowed through April 30 for hatchery chinook.

Let me stand on my soap box, and preach to you about island chain being as close as you can get to awesome scenery and wildlife viewing that is very similar to Alaska’s coastline. And let’s not forget there’s a decent chance to catch a quality large-size chinook just minutes from nearby boat ramps or marinas.

A good gauge on success in the islands will occur when anglers hit the water for the Resurrection Salmon Derby – part of the NMTA’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series – on Jan. 5-7 in Anacortes at Cap Sante Marina. This is followed by Roche Harbor Salmon Classic on Jan. 18-20. For details, go to NW Salmon Derby Series.

Closer to Seattle is central Puget Sound (Area 10), which has been quietly producing some fair to good action at places like Southworth, Allen Bank off Blake Island, Manchester, Rich Passage, West Point, Jefferson Head and Point Monroe. The closure date for 10 is Feb. 28.

Back in mid-November, northern Puget Sound (Area 9) fell victim to the huge sub-legal chinook (fish under the 22-inch minimum size limit) encounter rate and was shut-down until further notice.

Area 9 was scheduled to reopen for hatchery chinook from Jan. 16 through April 15. Look for blackmouth at places like Possession Bar, Double Bluff off southwest side of Whidbey Island, Point No Point, Foulweather Bluff, Pilot Point, Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend and Scatchet Head.

Areas 8-1 and 8-2 – eastside of Whidbey Island – also experienced a set-back in November, and was supposed to reopen sometime this month and could happen concurrent to the Area 9 opener. Keep an eye out for an announcement on this situation by WDFW very soon.

Don’t overlook, south-central (Area 11), Hood Canal (Area 12) and southern Puget Sound (Area 13), which are all open now through April 30.

Other winter chinook fisheries on the “must go” list are western Strait (Area 5) from March 16 to April 30; and eastern Strait (Area 6) from March 1 to April 15.

New Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan proposed

Salmon politics started brewing on Dec. 1 when fishery managers released the 368-page Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan.

This fishing plan – sent to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries for review – and guides conservation and harvest of Puget Sound chinook salmon from the ocean clear into inner-marine waterways takes effect from 2019 through 2029.

AUTHOR MARK YUASA WORRIES THAT THE OPPORTUNITY TO CATCH WINTER CHINOOK IN THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS “COULD BE A THING OF THE PAST IF THE PROPOSED PUGET SOUND CHINOOK HARVEST MANAGEMENT PLAN BECOMES A REALITY.” (MARK YUASA)

The controversial plan has raised issues and many in sport-fishing industry are concerned that the plan could adversely affect sport salmon fishing opportunities.

There is an 18-month public comment period, and this will surely be a hot topic of many debates in the months to come. To view the comprehensive plan, go to Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan.

Seattle Boat Show drops anchor Jan. 26-Feb. 3 at three locations

The Seattle Boat Show from Jan. 26 through Feb. 3 is the one-stop place to get your fix on hundreds of fishing boats, informative seminars, and state-of-the-art gear and electronics.

There will be 55 free fishing seminars, and more coverage on a variety of new topics by top-notch experts that will provide anglers with the most in-depth wealth of knowledge on how to catch fish across the Pacific Northwest. For a complete list of all fishing and boating seminars, go to https://seattleboatshow.com/seminars/.

This will also be a time when visitors can check out the NW Salmon Derby Series grand prize $65,000 KingFisher 2025 Falcon Series boat powered with a Honda 150hp and 9.9hp trolling motors on an EZ-loader galvanized trailer. The fully-rigged boat comes with Scotty downriggers; Raymarine electronics; a custom WhoDat Tower; and a Dual Electronic Stereo.

THE 2018 NORTHWEST SALMON DERBY SERIES GRAND PRIZE BOAT. (NMTA)

There are 15 derby events in Washington, Idaho and British Columbia, Canada, and the drawing for the grand prize boat will take place at conclusion of the Everett Derby in September or November. For derby details, go to http://www.nwsalmonderbyseries.com/.

I’ll see you on the water or at the biggest boat show on the West Coast, the great Seattle Boat Show!

 

55 Fishing Seminars, 10 New Topics On Tap At Seattle Boat Show

The Seattle Boat Show today announced its lineup of free fishing seminars for the Jan. 26-Feb. 3 shindig, and it includes a pretty sharp slate of skippers and other anglers.

Organizers report they’ll hold a total of 55 seminars with 10 new topics, including bringing in experts from Eastern Washington such as guide Austin Moser, who will be presenting on how to catch Lake Roosevelt’s big kokanee.

GUIDE AUSTIN MOSER HOISTS FOUR NICE LAKE ROOSEVELT KOKANEE. (AUSTINSNORTHWESTADVENTURES.COM)

Other speakers include radio show host and downrigger salmon fishing expert Tom Nelson, tuna fisherman Tommy Donlin, kayak angler Brad Hole, crabber Clyde McBrayer, and others.

“There is no better way for an angler to improve his or her success on the water than investing in an hour or two at one of the show’s seminars,” organizers state in a press release.

There will also be seminars on marine electronics, cruising and more.

CLYDE MCBRAYER SPEAKS DURING A SEATTLE BOAT SHOW FISHING SEMINAR. (SEATTLE BOAT SHOW)

While the show has added a new third location this year at Bell Harbor Marina, all the fishing seminars will be held on Stage 1 of the North Hall at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

For more on the Seattle Boat Show, go here.

Meanwhile, here’s a rundown on who’s speaking on what, when, courtesy of the show:

Friday, January 26th
2:00 PM Successful Puget Sound Shrimping Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
3:00 PM Dungeness Crabbing in Washington Clyde McBrayer Stage #1 North Hall
4:00 PM Fishing for San Juan Islands Chinook Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
5:00 PM Salmon and Lingcod Fishing in Puget Sound Gary Krein Stage #1 North Hall
6:00 PM Bring Your Boat for Fantastic Fishing in C. Washington Dave Graybill Stage #1 North Hall
7:00 PM Successful Halibut Fishing on North Coast and Strait Mike Jamboretz Stage #1 North Hall
Saturday, January 27th
12:00 PM Saltwater Structure Strategies Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
1:00 PM Fishing for Columbia River Kings from Buoy 10 to Brewster Mark Gavin Stage #1 North Hall
2:00 PM Dirty Downrigger Tricks Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
3:00 PM Dungeness Crabbing in Washington Clyde McBrayer Stage #1 North Hall
4:00 PM Successful Halibut Fishing on North Coast and Strait Mike Jamboretz Stage #1 North Hall
5:00 PM Dungeness Crabbing in Washington Clyde McBrayer Stage #1 North Hall
6:00 PM Fly Fishing in Puget Sound Keith Robbins Stage #1 North Hall
Sunday, January 28th
1:00 PM Dirty Downrigger Tricks Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
2:00 PM Dungeness Crabbing in Washington Clyde McBrayer Stage #1 North Hall
3:00 PM Bring Your Boat for Fantastic Fishing in C. Washington Dave Graybill Stage #1 North Hall
4:00 PM Trophy Kokanee in Lake Roosevelt Austin Moser Stage #1 North Hall
5:00 PM Tuna Fishing off the Washington Coast: Live Bait Fishing for Tuna Tommy Donlin Stage #1 North Hall
Monday, January 29th
2:00 PM Triple Threat Salmon Angling Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
3:00 PM Salmon and Lingcod Fishing in Puget Sound Gary Krein Stage #1 North Hall
4:00 PM Tuna Fishing off the Washington Coast: Anyone Can Catch a Tuna Tommy Donlin Stage #1 North Hall
5:00 PM Successful Halibut Fishing on North Coast and Strait Mike Jamboretz Stage #1 North Hall
6:00 PM Saltwater Structure Strategies Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
7:00 PM Successfully Fishing Lakes Washington/Sammamish Year Round Mark Gavin Stage #1 North Hall
Tuesday, January 30th
2:00 PM Columbia River Springers in Your Boat! Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
3:00 PM Salmon and Lingcod Fishing in Puget Sound Gary Krein Stage #1 North Hall
4:00 PM Fishing for San Juan Islands Chinook Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
5:00 PM Tuna Fishing off the Washington Coast: Live Bait Fishing for Tuna Tommy Donlin Stage #1 North Hall
6:00 PM Successful Puget Sound Shrimping Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
7:00 PM Kayak Fishing the Pacific Northwest Brad Hole Stage #1 North Hall
Wednesday, January 31st
2:00 PM Fishing for Columbia River Kings from Buoy 10 to Brewster Mark Gavin Stage #1 North Hall
3:00 PM Successful Puget Sound Shrimping Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
4:00 PM Salmon and Lingcod Fishing in Puget Sound Nick Kester Stage #1 North Hall
5:00 PM Tuna Fishing off the Washington Coast: Fishing the World Championship Tommy Donlin Stage #1 North Hall
6:00 PM Successful Halibut Fishing on North Coast and Strait Mike Jamboretz Stage #1 North Hall
7:00 PM Saltwater Structure Strategies Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
Thursday, February 1st
2:00 PM Successfully Fishing Lakes Washington/Sammamish Year Round Mark Gavin Stage #1 North Hall
3:00 PM Triple Threat Salmon Angling Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
4:00 PM Learn to Mooch, Puget Sound Salmon Keith Robbins Stage #1 North Hall
5:00 PM Dirty Downrigger Tricks Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
6:00 PM Salmon and Lingcod Fishing in Puget Sound Gary Krein Stage #1 North Hall
7:00 PM Kayak Fishing the Pacific Northwest Brad Hole Stage #1 North Hall
Friday, February 2nd
2:00 PM Dungeness Crabbing in Washington Clyde McBrayer Stage #1 North Hall
3:00 PM Fishing for San Juan Islands Chinook Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
4:00 PM Learn to Mooch, Puget Sound Salmon Keith Robbins Stage #1 North Hall
5:00 PM Dungeness Crabbing in Washington Clyde McBrayer Stage #1 North Hall
6:00 PM Kayak Fishing the Pacific Northwest Brad Hole Stage #1 North Hall
7:00 PM Salmon and Lingcod Fishing in Puget Sound Gary Krein Stage #1 North Hall
Saturday, February 3rd
12:00 PM Top Tactics for Winter Blackmouth John Keizer Stage #1 North Hall
1:00 PM Dungeness Crabbing in Washington Clyde McBrayer Stage #1 North Hall
2:00 PM How to Maximize Your Marine Electronics to Locate Fish John Keizer Stage #1 North Hall
3:00 PM Dirty Downrigger Tricks Tom (TJ) Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
4:00 PM Salmon Fishing: Coast and Puget Sound John Keizer Stage #1 North Hall
5:00 PM Fly Fishing in Puget Sound Keith Robbins Stage #1 North Hall
6:00 PM Salmon and Lingcod Fishing in Puget Sound Nick Kester Stage #1 North Hall

‘Sea Change’ Of Sorts Coming To Seattle Boat Show: 3rd Location, More Watercraft Added

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION

January 2018 marks a sea change for the Seattle Boat Show. For the first time in the show’s 71-year history, there will be three locations – indoors at CenturyLink Field Event Center and afloat at South Lake Union and the newly added Bell Harbor Marina.

THE 2018 SEATTLE BOAT SHOW, BILLED AS THE LARGEST ON THE WEST COAST, RUNS JAN. 26-FEB. 3 AT CENTURYLINK FIELD, SOUTH LAKE UNION AND – NEW THIS YEAR – BELL HARBOR MARINA ON THE WATERFRONT. (SEATTLE BOAT SHOW)

 

What this means for attendees is that there will be more to see and do at what was already the west coast’s largest boat show and the third largest in North America. The 2018 show will have more boats on display and more free shuttles conveniently transporting attendees between all three locations. Additionally, there are more hotels offering special packages for out-of-town attendees to choose from and more new seminar topics and presenters. The show opens Friday, Jan. 26 and runs through Saturday, Feb 3, 2018.

More boats

The addition of Bell Harbor Marina to the mix provides attendees with not only more locations but also more boats to check out. At press time, show applications were still flooding in, but all indications are that there will be a record number of boats on display for the 2018 show.

(SEATTLE BOAT SHOW)

More new seminars

One of the most popular features year in and year out at the Seattle Boat Show is the extensive line-up of free boating and fishing seminars and the advanced training classes for a fee through Boat Show University. No other show in North America matches the Seattle seminar schedule in terms of the quality, variety and number of seminars offered. Regular seminar attendees will be pleased to note the number of new speakers and seminars for 2018. There are 25 new presenters, more panels and more new seminars focused on technology, electronics, communications and navigation. On the fishing stage alone there will be 19 new topics. Boat Show University will have more classes on weather, maintenance and cruising the Inside Passage

More parking

With the addition of Bell Harbor Marina comes convenient access to the Bell Street Parking Garage across the street. Even better, parking there will be free – all nine days of the show –  with the purchase of an e-ticket. There will also be free weekend parking at South Lake Union at the 300 Yale Street garage.

“SO WE COULD PUT A ‘RIGGER MOUNT HERE, AND A CUP HOLDER FOR OUR BABY BOTTLES HERE … (SEATTLE BOAT SHOW)

More hotels.

For 2018 the Seattle Boat Show is partnering with six local hotels –  Courtyard Pioneer Square; Crowne Plaza Seattle; Silver Cloud Hotel Stadium; Marriott Residence Inn; Marriott Courtyard; and the Silver Cloud Lake Union– offering more choices than ever before for out-of-town showgoers. Visit http://www.seattleboatshow.com/official-hotels for special rates and discount codes.

About the Seattle Boat Show

The show features three locations, 1,000 recreational vessels and more than 400 exhibitors. There are more than three acres of the latest innovations in accessories, technology and boating gear on display indoors, plus hundreds of world-class yachts on the water at South Lake Union and Bell Harbor Marina. There are approximately 200 free seminars during the nine days of the show and advanced training classes for a fee through Boat Show University. A free shuttle runs continuously between all three locations.

For a complete list of exhibitors, seminars, travel package and ticket prices, please visit www.SeattleBoatShow.com  E-tickets go on sale Dec. 1, 2017.