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posted by Mike on 12/27/2018

Finally, we have a number of areas opening for Winter blackmouth this next Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. Marine Areas 7(San Juan Islands), Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) and Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will open Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. These areas were delayed this season due to large impacts on sub legal fish when these areas opened earlier. By delaying the opener it is hoped that a lager number of fish will have grown to legal size, lessing the impacts on smaller (sub-legal) fish which have caused WDFW to close areas earlier when impact numbers are reached.

Make sure to read your WDFW regulations for the areas you intend to fish as every area is slightly diferent. Please take note that WDFW has changed the Area 10 limit to just a single fish. 

Hopefully, we should see some fairly good sized fish in marine Area 9 & 10 as we have seen some good sized fish landed off the Edmonds Pier this Fall / Winter season. There have been a number of fish landed in the 7 -14 pound range in the past month. This has been the best Fall / Winter season we have seen off the pier, with many of the regulars landing legal fish on a consistant basis. 

If you want to curtail the number of sub - legal fish you encounter consider fishing larger offerings. Going to plugs in the 4 - 5 inch range, such as Silver Hordes or Tomics, will help cut down on the smaller fish. Fishing larger soons in the 4 - 5 inch range will also accomplish curtailing the impacts on smaller fish. Yes, you may not catch as many fish, but the average will be considerably larger. If we lessen the impacts, then we will see a longer season, and just might see a full season, giving us more time on the water.


Good Luck To All Of You!


posted by Mike on 07/03/2018


Marine Area 6 to close for spot shrimp fishing;
Area 7-West to close for all shrimp fishing

Action:  Recreational fishing for all shrimp species will close at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 6, in Marine Area 7 West (San Juan Channel, Spieden Channel, Stuart and Waldron islands).

Recreational fishing for spot shrimp will close at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 6, in Marine Area 6 (Port Angeles Harbor, eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District), but it will remain open for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing in waters 200 feet or less.

Effective date:  9 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2018.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp in Marine Area 7 West; sport shrimp in Marine Area 6 (excluding Discovery Bay shrimp district).

Location:  West Marine Area 7 and Marine Area 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay shrimp district).

Reason for action:  The target share for recreational spot shrimp quota has been taken in these two areas.

Other information: Only Marine Areas 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line) and 5 (western Strait of Juan de Fuca) remain open for spot shrimp fishing. 

Several other marine areas are open for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing. Check WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/ for more information.

Contact:  Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.



posted by Mike on 01/09/2018

Winter blackmouth fishing in Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) has been quite good since the opening on January 1st. We have been hearing and seeing some very nice catches coming out of this area. Most of our customers fishing here have been seeing good numbers of fish in the 7 -14 pound range with a few in the upper teens. The best thing we have heard is that there is not the number of sub legal fish that we are seeing in our section of the Sound. Which was the driver for closing areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9. Though Marine Area 10 (Seattle - Bremerton) has remained open we are still seeing huge numbers of shakers being caught. It has been a wonder why WDFW has not closed this area  as the impacks have got to be extremely high.

Most of the guys fishing the Islands have been either fishing small spoons such as 3.0 Kingfisher Spoons or smaller Sardine model hoochies behind a rotating flasher such as a Hot Spot or Gibbs. Small orange or yellow pack herring or small anchovies fished in a helment has also accounted for good catches. With large numbers of smaller bait in the San Juans a smaller bait matches the hatch.


posted by Mike on 07/12/2017

Marine Area 7 West closing to shrimp fishing

Action:  Marine Area 7 West, which is located in the western San Juan Islands, is closing to recreational shrimp fishing.

Effective date:  At 9 p.m., Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Species affected:  All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location:  Marine Area 7 West (San Juan Channel, Spieden Channel Stuart and Waldron Islands).

Reason for action: State shellfish managers estimate the recreational spot shrimp quota in this area will be reached.

Other information:  Marine Areas 4, 5 and 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District) remain open to fishing for all shrimp species (including spot shrimp).

Contact:  Mark O探oole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311, ext. 112.


posted by Mike on 05/24/2017

Shrimp daily limit to increase in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West;
non-spot shrimping to reopen in several Puget Sound areas

Action:  The daily bag limit is increasing to 120 shrimp for all species (including spot shrimp) in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West beginning on June 1. Open daily.

In addition, on June 1, Marine Area 7 East is reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction; Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11 are reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction; and Marine Area 13 is reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing with a 250-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Open daily. All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Effective date:  June 1, 2017.

Species affected:  All species for Marine Area 6 and 7 West. Coonstripe and pink shrimp for Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11 and 13.

Location:  Marine Areas 6 and 7 West (only) for the daily bag limit increase. Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11 and 13 for the coonstripe and pink shrimp reopening.

Reason for action:  Sufficient recreational quota is available in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West for raising the daily bag limit on a trial basis. Although the spot shrimp quotas have been reached in Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11 and 13, there is sufficient non-spot quota available to reopen for those shrimp species. 

Other information:  Marine Area 10 and the Discovery Bay Shrimp District are closed for the season.

Contact:  Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.


posted by Mike on 04/18/2017

Marine Area 7 recreational salmon season to close

Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will close to salmon fishing at the end of the day April 21.

Effective Date:  12: 01 a.m. April 22 through April 30, 2017.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location:  Marine Area 7.

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates and fishery projections indicate that Marine Area 7 will exceed the allowable limit of total chinook encounters – including both retained and released fish – prior to the planned April 30 closure date.  The fishery is being closed to control impacts on stocks of concern and ensure compliance with conservation objectives. 

Other information:  Through April 21, Marine Area 7 has a one hatchery chinook limit. Salmon fishing remains open in other areas, including marine areas 5, 8-1, 8-2, 11, 12 and 13.  Check the sport fishing rules page for details: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.  The most recent preliminary estimates can be found at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808, or Mark Baltzell, (360) 902-2807.


posted by Mike on 11/29/2016

Just a quick note to remind everyone that salmon fishing will close in Marine Area 9 until January 16th, 2017. Not everything will be gloom and doom, as 8-1 and 8-2 will remain open until April 30th 2017 and 10 will stay open through February 28th. The star of winter blackmouth fishing Marine Area 7 (San Juans) will open December 1st and run through April 3oth, 2017.Marine Area 6 will also open December 1st and run through April 15th, 2017. As you can see there are many places that you can fish this winter. Hopefully, the fishing that we have been seeing in 9 will also relate to what will happen in the other areas.

Good Luck


posted by Mike on 07/05/2016

Marine Area 7 South reopening for 8 days of spot shrimp fishing

Action:  Marine Area 7 South is reopening for eight days of recreational shrimp fishing. 

Effective date:  Saturday, July 9, 2016, through Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Species affected:  All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location:  Marine Area 7 South: This area includes the Iceberg Point and Salmon Bank shrimp fishing grounds.

Reason for action: Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains in this area for eight more days of fishing.   

Other information:  The Marine Area 7 South daily bag limit will be 160 shrimp, similar to the current bag limits in Marine Areas 6 and 7 West. Shrimp heads may be removed while in the field prior to coming ashore.


posted by Mike on 06/07/2016


WDFW announces full slate of Puget Sound crab seasons

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced recreational crab-fishing seasons for areas of Puget Sound opening in July and August, adding to the list of waters previously set to open in June.

Stretching from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to the Canadian border, the new list of openings completes the schedule of summer crab fisheries in Puget Sound, said Rich Childers, WDFW shellfish policy lead.

"We were still working out the details for some fisheries when we publicized the June openings last week," Childers said. "With that work completed, we can now announce crab seasons for the rest of the Sound."

In all areas of Puget Sound, recreational crabbing is scheduled Thursdays through Mondays each week (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) during the following periods:

  • Marine Area 13 (south Puget Sound): Open June 2 through Sept. 5. Crabbing is now under way five days a week.
  • Marine Areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), and 12 (Hood Canal): Open 6 a.m. June 16 through Sept. 5.
  • A portion of Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet): Open 6 a.m. June 16 through Sept. 5 in waters north of the Hood Canal Bridge to a line connecting Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point.
  • Marine Areas 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 8-1 (Deception Pass to East Point), 8-2 (East Point to Possession Point), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 10 (Seattle/Bremerton), and 11 (Tacoma/Vashon): Open July 1 through Sept. 5.  
  • Marine Area 7 South (San Juan Islands/Bellingham): Open July 15 through Sept. 30.
  • Marine Area 7 North (Gulf of Georgia): Open Aug. 13 through Sept. 30.

These seasons and details on fishing regulations, as well as an educational video on crabbing are posted on WDFW's crab fishing website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/

The daily limit for crab fishers throughout Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. Fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.

State regulations prohibit setting or pulling shellfish gear from a vessel from one hour after official sunset to one hour before official sunrise.  All shellfish gear must be removed from the water on closed days.

Childers also reminds sport crabbers that they are required to record their harvest of Dungeness crab on their catch record cards immediately after retaining crab. Separate catch record cards are issued for the summer and winter seasons in Puget Sound.

Catch cards are not required to fish for Dungeness crab in the Columbia River or on the Washington coast.

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