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MARINE AREAS 7,9 & 10 OPEN FOR SALMON FISHING JANUARY 1ST

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!

NOVEMBER 15TH LAST DAY TO SALMON FISH IN MARINE AREA 10

posted by Mike on 11/14/2018

Though there has not been a lot of salmon fishing activity in Marine Area 10 recently contributed by the weather and lack of fish. None the less it will close after tomorrow, November 15th and will not reopen until January 1st. You can still fish Marine Area 11 and 13 which remain open. Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2 will open December 1st for Winter Blackmouth, giving us at least some opportunity to wet a line. Generally, these areas are not fantastic fishing at that time of year, but come into there own in February, March & April.  Marine Area 9 will open January 1st and is one area that will commend  lots of interest as it produces well. At the end of September we were seeing good numbers fo Blackmouth being caught incidentlly while fishing Coho. Hopefully, they have stayed in the area.

MARINE AREAS 8-1,8-2 & 9 WILL REOPEN FOR SALMON FISHING FEBRUARY 16TH

posted by Mike on 01/12/2018

Salmon fishing re-opens Feb. 16 in marine areas 8-1, 8-2, and 9

Action: Marine areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9 will re-open to salmon fishing.

Effective Date: Feb. 16, 2018.

Species 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.

Reason for action: Test fishing data indicates there are still numerous juvenile (sublegal-sized) chinook salmon present in these marine areas, although they are approaching legal size. WDFW temporarily closed these areas (November 13 through February 15) until more legal chinook become available to harvest.

Other information: WDFW biologists will continue to monitor these fisheries and coordinate with the Puget Sound Sportfishing Advisory Group if any further action is necessary. 

The daily salmon limit will be one salmon, release coho and wild chinook.

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

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

 

MARINE AREAS 8-1,8-2 & 9 CLOSING TO ALL SALMON FISHING AS OF NOVEMBER 13TH

posted by Mike on 11/10/2017

Salmon fishing to close temporarily in marine areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9

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.

Species 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 pamphlet.

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

BLACKMOUTH REPORTS FROM THE OPENER

posted by Mike on 11/02/2017

The reports that we had from yesterdays blackmouth opener were quite lackluster to say the least. Most everyone we spoke with had to deal with quite a number of shakers. No matter what type of gear that was put out, it was plauged by undersized fish. Even those fishing plugs still had sub legal problems. Here's a little rundown on the WDFW checks from the opener.

 

Edmonds     Area 9     9 Boats with 15 Anglers     7 Chinook     .47 Fish/Angler

Everett        Area 8-2  13 Boats with 26 Anglers   1 Chinook     .04 Fish/Angler

Everett       Area 9      29 Boats with 55 Anglers   19 Chinook   ,035 Fish/Angler

Kingston    Area 9      13 Boats with 26 Anglers     2 Chinook    ,08 Fish/Angler

Kingston    Area 10     7 Boats with 17 Anglers     1 Chinook     .06 Fish/Angler

Pt Townsend Area 9   10 Boats with 17 Anglers   10 Chinook    .59 Fish/Angler

Shilshole    Area 9     4 Boats with 7 Anglers        3 Chinook     .43 Fish/Angler

Shilshole   Area 10    3 Boats with 4 Anglers        0 Chinook

 

So as you can see the fishing was far from fantastic. Perhaps no one really found any concentration of fish so it was hit and miss.

 

Weather kept most all but the hardcore in today and the outllook looks a little marginal for the next few days! After all it is November.

MARINE AREA9 CHINOOK QUOTA REACHING LIMITS

posted by Mike on 07/28/2017

If I had to guess, I think we will get to fish though this weekend for Chinook in Marine Area 9 before we reach our Chinook guideline of 5,599. As of the 23rd according to WDFW we had havested 3,435. If we do make it though the weekend I would seriously doubt that we would make it to the following weekend. When we do reach our quota then it would be time to head south and fish Marine Area 10 as WDFW has increased the Chinook limit to two (effective Saturday 29th, July) and as of the 23rd had only caught 227 of the 2,166 quota. Though generally the fish historically do not bite as well once they migrate into this area.

 

Another choice is to fish the "Bubble". It has been exceptionally productive this season.

 

Get put and fish before we reach the closures!

MARINE AREA 9 WILL NOT OPEN TO SALMON FISHING ON JANUARY 16TH, 2017

posted by Mike on 01/09/2017

Marine Area 9 salmon season reopening delayed

 

Action: Marine Area 9 will not reopen on January 16.

Effective Date: January 16, 2017 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon

Location: Marine Area 9 within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers.

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates and fishery projections indicate that reopening January 16 would lead to an early closure of Area 9 by reaching the allowable limit of total chinook encounters earlier than the April 15 closure date. Delaying the opening to mid-February or early March will allow the state time to monitor the sub-legal to legal-sized proportion of chinook and determine a reopening date that will give anglers opportunity later into the spring.

Other information: WDFW will continue to evaluate the ratio of legal to sublegal-size chinook to help minimize the risk of anglers encountering sub-legal chinook and maximize fishing opportunity for the mark-selective chinook fishery in Area 9. Edmonds Public Fishing Pier is unaffected by this rule change and specific regulations can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop (360) 902-2808

CHINOOK LIMITED TO ONE HATCHERY IN MARINE AREAS 8-1.8-2,9 AND 10

posted by Mike on 10/25/2016

Anglers limited to 1 chinook per day in marine areas 8-1, 8-2, 9, and 10

Action: The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in marine areas 8-1, 8-2, 9, and 10 will be reduced to 1 chinook, with a 2 salmon limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released.

Effective locations and dates

  • Marine Area 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay): Nov. 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.
  • Marine Area 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner): Nov. 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.
  • Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet): Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, 2016 and Jan. 16 through Apr. 30, 2017.
  • Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton): Nov. 1, 2016 through Feb. 28, 2017.

Species affected:  Chinook salmon

Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number of chinook encounters – retaining or releasing fish – anglers are allowed in Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9, and 10.

The department is modifying these fisheries to try to stay within the agreed to number of encounters, increasing the likelihood of providing season-long fisheries. WDFW consulted with its Puget Sound sportfishing advisors in making this change.

Other information: WDFW will continue to monitor and evaluate these marine area fisheries.

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

STILL TIME TO FISH FOR CHINOOK IN MARINE AREAS 9 & 10

posted by Mike on 08/02/2016

As of Sunday July 31 we still had 265 Chinook to catch out of our quota of 3,056 in Marine Area 9. In Marine Area 10 there was still 956 Chinook to harvest out of quota of 1,395. This still gives anglers at least a few more days to fish in Area 9 before we reach our guideline and perhaps a week or more in Area 10. Overall, fishing has been just fair at best for most we have spoken with, though there has been a few that have had a good season.

 

This week is generally the peak of the Chinook returns here in our section of Puget Sound and perhaps we will see a marked increase in the numbers of fish being landed.

 

Make sure to keep a look at the WDFW website for a closure notice as I am sure anglers will not get much of a notice on the closing. I'll be sure to post it here on our website as soon as we hear anything.

CHINOOK FISHING IN MARINE AREA 9 GETTING CLOSER TO A CLOSURE

posted by Mike on 07/26/2016

As of Sunday, anglers have caught 2,284 of their 3,056 Chinook quota given to them for Marine Area 9. Perhaps , if we are lucky we just might make it through this weekend before being closed. This would give us a mear 772 Chinook to harvest. If catch averages continue as they were in the first 9 days it would be doubtful that we would go through the weekend. However, the angling pressure has wained this week as well as the catch percentages - which just might mean that we will make it though the end of the month.

 

If I was looking to make it out for some Chinook fishing before the closure I would take every opportunity to fish before we see it come to an end.

 

Marine Area 10 had seen just 246 Chinook taken of their 1,395 quota as of the 24th. Unless catch percentages improve drastically, I would say we will see this area continue to offer angling opportunity through this weekend and perhaps even into next week.

PUGET SOUND RECREATIONAL CRAB SEASONS SET

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.

SOME CRABBING OPENING IN MARINE AREA 13,12 & 9

posted by Mike on 05/31/2016

Some areas opening in June for recreational crabbing in Puget Sound

 

Action: All of Marine Area 13 will open at 6:00 am June 2 through Sept. 5. Crabbing will be allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

All of Marine Area 12 will open at 6: 00 am June 16 through Sept. 5. Crabbing will be allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

A portion of Marine Area 9 - the portion north of the Hood Canal Bridge to a line connecting Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point - will open at 6: 00 am June 16 through Sept. 5. Crabbing will be allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Species affected: Dungeness and red rock crab.

Location: Marine Area 13, Marine Area 12, and the portion of Marine Area 9 north of the Hood Canal Bridge to a line connecting Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point.

Reason for action: State and Tribal co-managers have agreed that legal size Dungeness crabs will have reached the hardshell criteria for harvest by these dates. The start dates will aid in achieving 50/50 harvest goal with the Treaty Tribes.

Other information: The daily limits in all Marine Areas will be five crabs per day for Dungeness crabs and six crabs per day for Red Rock crabs. All Dungeness crabs retained during this time must be recorded on a summer catch record card.

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

 

Ted's has everything that you will be neening this crabbing season. We have a good selection of crab traps from Protoco, SMI, Promar, Danielson & Kufa. A full selection of crab bouys, leaded & poly lines, bait containers and bait bags, harnesses etc.  We can help you out rigging your gear so all you have to do is bait you trap and set it out. Stop by and we'll be glad to help you out.

Things Not Looking Good For Winter Blackmouth Fishing In Marine Area 8-1, 8-2 and 9 For This Winters Blackmouth Fishery

posted by Mike on 10/28/2015

Just got back from a four hour meeting with the Puget Sound Salmon Advisory Board and WDFW concerning our upcoming winter blackmouth season. To be quite frank things are not looking good for a long season. The same problem with Chinook impacts is going to occur in 8-1, 8-2 and 9 that occured in Marine Area 10. (Which caused the closures). Though things are not finalized it looks like Marine Area 9 will be CLOSED for Chinook and Coho effective November 1st. However, there will be a proposed Chum fishery in November. Then we will get a Chinook retention fishery starting on the 24th of November through the end of the month. This would allow some fishing for the Thanksgiving Holiday. That is unless the impacts on Chinook are too high which will cause an early closure.

 

In Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2 Chinook will open as stated on November 1st. Coho, however will be CLOSED in these areas. Chinook will remain open until the impacts on that fishery can be determined. Which in reality don't expect that the fishery will remain open for very long.

 

I would look for the notice from WDFW in the next couple of days. I will post it once we receive it. Sorry to bring bad news, but we knew it was coming.

 

By having these closures now it should relate to having time on the water after the first of the year. We will just have to wait and see what the angling impacts on Chinook are to see what we are going to get after the first of the year.

Salmon Limit Reduced to 1 Fish In Marine Area 9

posted by Mike on 02/10/2014

Salmon daily limit reduced after Feb. 9 in Marine Area 9

 

 

Action: Reduces daily limit to 1 salmon in Area 9.

Effective Date: Effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2014.

Species affected: All salmon.

Location: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet).

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that encounters with legal size hatchery and wild chinook are projected to exceed the preseason expectations which were set to ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans. The fishery is being modified to control impacts on stocks of concern.

Other information: Reduces daily limit to one salmon in Area 9, excluding the Edmonds Fishing Pier. Release wild chinook except at Edmonds Fishing Pier. Anglers should consult the Fishing in Washington, Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations for the Edmonds Fishing Pier.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808

Salmon Limit Change For Marine Area 9, Effective Wednesday March 6

posted by Mike on 03/05/2013

Anglers limited to 1 salmon
per day in Admiralty Inlet

OLYMPIA – Starting Wednesday (March 6), anglers will be limited to one salmon per day in Marine Area 9, the portion of Puget Sound stretching from Edmonds to Port Townsend.

State fishery managers approved the new limit - down from two fish per day - after determining that the number of chinook salmon kept or released has exceeded pre-season projections.

"Fishing got off to a fast start last fall, boosting the number of fish kept or released to date," said Ryan Lothrop, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). "After reviewing the catch estimates, it was clear we needed to take action to control the fishery’s impacts on stocks of concern."

Except at the Edmonds Pier, anglers fishing in Marine Area 9 must release any chinook not specifically marked with a clipped adipose fin as a hatchery fish. However, since some released wild chinook do not survive, they are counted toward the management guideline of 1,615 total encounters with legal-size chinook during the fishery.

According to preliminary estimates, anglers had kept or released 1,737 chinook in Marine Area 9 as of Feb. 24.

Lothrop said catch levels in adjoining marine areas are below expected levels, but that the new catch limit will ensure compliance with conservation objectives and state-tribal management plans in Puget Sound. He said WDFW will continue to monitor the fishery in Marine Area 9 through April 15, when it is scheduled to close.

Anglers should check for updates on WDFW’s Fishing Hotline (360-902-2500) or the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

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