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Westport Commercial Crabber Fined $5,000 For Stealing Others’ Pots

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

A Grays Harbor County judge has sentenced a commercial crab fisherman to 90 days of electronic home monitoring and fined him $5,000 for stealing crab pots offshore of Westport, concluding a case that began with an investigation last year by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Larrin Breitsprecher, 57, of Westport, was sentenced Dec. 1 by Grays Harbor County Superior Court Judge Mark McCauley after a jury found him guilty of possessing stolen property and related charges. Beginning May 1, Breitsprecher will be required to remain at home for three months unless he requires medical attention.

WITH STOLEN CRAB POTS PILED AS EVIDENCE IN THE CORNER OF A COURTROOM, GRAYS HARBOR DEPUTY PROSECUTOR RANDY TRICK (LEFT, BACKGROUND) CONFERS WITH ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANT LARRIN BREITSPRECHER, WHO WAS ON TRIAL FOR STEALING CRAB POTS. IN THE FOREGROUND, WDFW FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICER ED WELTER STANDS BY. (WDFW)

WDFW Police Captain Dan Chadwick said the department began its investigation after a deckhand on Breitsprecher’s crab boat told officers that his boss directed him to steal crab pots while fishing near Westport.

After obtaining a search warrant, police officers from WDFW and the Quinault Indian Nation seized 32 commercial crab pots from Breitsprecher’s gear stack at the Port of Westport and determined that at least 24 of them belonged to other crabbers, Chadwick said.

OFFICER WELTER POSES WITH COMMERCIAL CRAB POTS HAULED INTO A GRAYS HARBOR COURTROOM. (WDFW)

“A commercial crab pot fully rigged can run $200 to $250, so the loss of multiple pots can really add up,” he said. “We appreciate that the Grays Harbor prosecutor’s office pursued this case, because it demonstrates that the law extends to ocean waters.” Chadwick said the department also appreciated the assistance of the Quinault tribal police.

WDFW currently licenses 223 coastal crab vessels, which landed 16.4 million pounds of Dungeness crab with a dockside value of $52 million during the 2016-17 season.

Editor’s note: This WDFW press release has been updated with the correct spelling of the defendant’s last name. It is Breitsprecher, not Brietsprecher as originally reported by the agency.

Westport Serves Up 2 New State Record Fish: Opah, Blue Shark

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

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed today that two state sport fish records fell during one late September weekend.

Mike Benoit, of Gig Harbor, set a new state record for the largest opah caught off the coast of Washington on Sept. 23. The 37.98-pound fish measured 32.5 inches. Benoit was live bait fishing with anchovies out of Westport.

MIKE BENOIT AND HIS STATE RECORD OPAH. (WDFW)

The new record exceeded the previous opah record by more than two pounds. That record was held by Jim Watson on a fish caught 45 miles off the coast of Washington.

Then, on Sept. 24, Erik Holcomb of Lynden set a new state record for the largest blue shark. The 49.50-pound fish measured 71 inches. Holcomb was also live bait fishing with anchovies out of Westport.

ERIK HOLCOMB AND HIS STATE RECORD BLUE SHARK. (WDFW)

The new record exceeded the previous blue shark record by almost 22 pounds. That record was held by Zachary Jackson on a fish caught 57 miles off the coast of Washington.

A complete list of Washington’s sport fishing records is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/records/.

Get Out Your Calendars! Tentative WA Coast Razor Clam Season Announced

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

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced a tentative schedule for the fall razor clam season set to begin in early October.

Final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests, which are usually conducted about a week before a dig is scheduled to begin.

RAZOR CLAMMERS WORK THE BEACH DURING AN EARLY 2010 SEASON OPENER. (JASON BAUER)

“We’re releasing a tentative schedule to give people plenty of time to make plans to go digging this fall,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.

State shellfish managers are also seeking public input on management options, including scheduling for spring digs. Comments on the spring digs can be sent via email to razorclams@dfw.wa.gov.

A summary of last season and an overview of the recently completed razor clam stock assessment are available in WDFW’s 2017-18 Razor Clam Management Plan at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fi…/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html.

Based on beach surveys conducted this summer, WDFW estimates the total razor clam population on Washington’s beaches has decreased significantly from last season, which means fewer days of digging this season.

Ayres said the decline in clam populations was likely caused, at least in part, by an extended period of low salinity in surf zone ocean waters, particularly those near Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

“The total number of clams may be down this year, but we still expect good digging on most beaches,” Ayres said.

Proposed razor clam digs through December are listed below, along with evening low tides and beaches:

· Oct. 6, Friday, 7:49 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

· Oct. 7, Saturday, 8:33 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

· Nov. 2, Thursday, 6:03 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Copalis

· Nov. 3, Friday, 6:47 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

· Nov. 4, Saturday, 7:31 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

· Nov. 5, Sunday, 7:16 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

· Dec. 1, Friday, 4:42 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis

· Dec. 2, Saturday, 6:49 p.m.; -1.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

· Dec. 3, Sunday, 6:15 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

· Dec. 4, Monday, 7:02 p.m.; -1.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

· Dec. 31, Sunday, 5:12 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

With Coho Quota Almost Full, WDFW Says Ilwaco, Westport Salmon Fishing To Close After Aug. 22

THE FOLLOWING IS A EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Ocean salmon fishery off Ilwaco and Westport to close early

Action:   Close Marine Areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport) to salmon fishing.

Effective Dates:  Effective 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22.

HUNTER HIGGINBOTHAM SHOWED OFF HIS SKILLS WHILE SALMON FISHING OUT OF WESTPORT. THIS COHO BIT A HERRING BEHIND A FISH FLASH FOR THE LAD. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM)

Species affected:  All salmon.

Locations:  Marine Areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport), Cape Falcon, Oregon to Queets River, Washington.

Reason for action: Estimates indicate that anglers will reach quotas for coho salmon by the end of the day Tuesday. Closing the salmon fishery early will help ensure compliance with conservation requirements.

Other information: Recreational fisheries in Ilwaco and Westport would have closed earlier in August but were able to remain open due to transfers of quota by the commercial troll fishery to the recreational fishery. 

Marine Areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) and the Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River remain open as scheduled.

WA Ocean Salmon Fishing Report (8-16-17)

THE FOLLOWING REPORT IS FROM WENDY BEEGHLEY, WDFW

Columbia Ocean Area (including Oregon)

A total of 7,052 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery August 7-13, landing 1,667 Chinook and 5,578 coho.  Through August 13, a cumulative total of 5,747 Chinook (44% of the area guideline) and 16,581 coho (79% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

 

Westport

 

A total of 4,339 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery August 7-13, landing 796 Chinook and 2,995 coho.  Through August 13, a cumulative total of 5,828 Chinook (27% of the area guideline) and 13,766 coho (76% of the revised area sub-quota) have been landed.

La Push

A total of 287 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery August 7-13, landing 78 Chinook and 369 coho.  Through August 13, a cumulative total of 337 Chinook (14% of the area guideline) and 763 coho (70% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Neah Bay

A total of 476 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery August 7-13, landing 273 Chinook and 167 coho.  Through August 13, a cumulative total of 7,116 Chinook (90% of the area guideline) and 2,378 coho (54% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

 

Washington Ocean Salmon Update (8-9-17)

THE FOLLOWING REPORT IS FROM WENDY BEEGHLEY OF WDFW

Columbia Ocean Area (including Oregon)

A total of 4,709 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 31-August 6, landing 732 Chinook and 3,293 coho.  Through August 6, a cumulative total of 4,082 Chinook (31% of the area guideline) and 10,999 coho (52% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

HUNTER HIGGINBOTHAM SHOWED OFF HIS SKILLS WHILE SALMON FISHING OUT OF WESTPORT WITH FAR CORNERS ADVENTURE FISHING. THIS COHO BIT A HERRING BEHIND A FISH FLASH FOR THE LAD. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM)

Westport

A total of 4,444 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 31-August 6, landing 789 Chinook and 4,114 coho.  Through August 6, a cumulative total of 5,032 Chinook (24% of the area guideline) and 10,771 coho (69% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

La Push

A total of 226 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 31-August 6, landing 43 Chinook and 223 coho.  Through August 6, a cumulative total of 259 Chinook (10% of the area guideline) and 394 coho (36% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Neah Bay

A total of 778 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 31-August 6, landing 465 Chinook and 398 coho.  Through August 6, a cumulative total of 6,843 Chinook (87% of the area guideline) and 2,210 coho (51% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

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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Salmon Open Off Most Of WA Coast This Saturday, Westport July 1

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

Sport anglers will have the opportunity to reel in salmon off the Washington coast starting Saturday, June 24.

That’s when marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) open daily for salmon fishing. Marine Area 2 (Westport) will open a week later on July 1.

ILWACO IS AMONG THE WASHINGTON PORTS OPENING FOR SALMON THIS SATURDAY, AND WILL DRAW LOCAL ANGLERS AND PUGETROPOLITES LIKE JOHN KEIZER ALIKE. (SALTPATROL.COM)

Fish managers expect slightly higher numbers of chinook and coho salmon will make their way through the ocean this year as compared to 2016, said Wendy Beeghley, an ocean salmon manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

ADS ON THE SIDES OF SOUND TRANSIT AND METRO BUSES ROLLING THROUGH SEATTLE AND ITS SUBURBS BECKON RESIDENTS TO WESTPORT. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Due to the improved forecasts, the recreational chinook catch quota this year is 45,000, up from 35,000 in 2016. This year’s coho quota of 42,000 fish is an increase of 23,100 coho from 2016, when anglers were allowed to keep coho only in Marine Area 1. Coho retention is allowed in all four marine areas this summer.

Anglers fishing in marine areas 1 and 2 will have a daily limit of two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook. In areas 3 and 4, anglers will have a two-salmon daily limit. In all areas, anglers must release wild coho.

STUART ALLEN AND OTHER NEAH BAY ANGLERS WILL BE TARGETING FAT CHINOOK THIS SEASON. THE TRI-CITIES ANGLER CAUGHT THIS ONE SEVERAL SEASONS AGO. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

All four marine areas are scheduled to close to salmon fishing at the end of the day Sept. 4 but could close earlier if the quota is met.

Throughout the summer, anglers can check WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/ocean/ for updates

More information about the fisheries can be found in the 2017-18 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, available at license vendors and sporting goods stores and online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01914/2017-18_marine.pdf.