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BLACKMOUTH OPENER IN MARINE AREAS 8-1 & 8-2

posted by Mike on 12/01/2018

Today marked the opener of blackmouth season in Marine Areas 8-1 & 8-2. The weather was outstanding today and many anglers hit the water to see if they could find a blackmouth or two. A good many die hard salmon anglers have not been on the water since the closing of Marine Area 9 at the end of September.

Overall, we had some fair reports coming from anglers that fished the area today. The best reports we had came out ot the Greenbank area today. We didn't see much over the 7- 8 pound range with most fish being in the 22 - 24 inch range. Everyone who fished the race track area found lots of hungry seals.

Heard of a few larger wild chinook that had to be released today. Weather looks good for tomorrow and there should be a good number of anglers hitting the water again.

WINTER BLACKMOUTH OPENS IN MARINE AREAS 8-1 & 8-2 ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 1ST

posted by Mike on 11/24/2018

Next Saturday, December 1st will be the opening of Marine Areas 8-1 & 8-2 for Winter blackmouth fishing. Both areas will be open for hatchery Chinook with a 22 inch minimum size and a two fish limit. Wild Chinook and Coho must be returned. If you do luck into a late returning Chum you may also retain it under your two fish limit. 

On the first weekend we will be fishing an incoming tide both days with the high on Saturday at 12.09 pm (Edmonds) and Sunday at 12.54 pm (Edmonds). During the Winter I find being out there at the crack of dawn less important than the tides. There are a number of reasons for this: 1st: The depth that we are fishing is generally somewhere in the 90 - 200 foot depths, which have little light penatration to those depths. 2nd: Light in general is less intense in the Winter months. 3rd: We are dealing with blackmouth, which are the teenagers of Chinook, and they are generally always hungry.

These areas wil be open until the end of April 2019, unless we exceed our guidelines for Chinook incounters.

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.      

NOVEMBER 30TH LAST DAY OF SALMON FISHING IN MARINE AREA 9

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

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.

Early Salmon Closure For Marine Areas 8-1 & 8.2 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, & Skagit Bay - Port Susan and Gardner Bay) Sunday, April 3rd Will Be The Last Day

posted by Mike on 04/02/2016

Once again we have received a last minute salmon closure notice. It always amazes me how they anounce these notices after WDFW has closed for the weekend. Wonder Why?

Salmon season closes April 4 in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2

Action: Closes fishing for salmon in Marine Area 8-1 and 8-2.

Effective Date: April 4 through April 30, 2016.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay) and 8-2 (Ports Susan and Gardner) within Puget Sound.

Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, WDFW and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number (5,811) of chinook encounters (retaining or releasing fish) that anglers are allowed in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2 combined. Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers will reach the limit for chinook encounters by April 4. WDFW is closing salmon fishing to ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans.

Other information: Salmon fishing will remain open in other areas, including marine areas 5, 9, 11, 12 and 13. Check the sport fishing rules pamphlet for details: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

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.

Additional Spot Shrimp Opening Marine Area 8-1 & 11

posted by Mike on 06/03/2013

Recreational spot shrimp fishing to reopen in 2 areas of Puget Sound

Action: Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one day (Wed. June 5) in Marine Area 8-1 and Marine Area 11.

Effective date: Wed. June 5, 2013:

Marine Area 8-1 is open from 9: 00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Marine Area 11 is open from 7: 00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please note that Marine Area 8-2 will not be reopening for spot shrimp, and will be closed to all shrimp fishing on June 5.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Area 8-1 (Deception Pass/Hope Island/Skagit Bay) and Marine Area 11 (Tacoma/Vashon Island). See pages 110 and 118 of the Washington Sport Fish Rules pamphlet for area maps.

Reason for action: In Marine Area 8 insufficient quota remains for a standard full day of fishing, so the opening has been modified to take the small amount of remaining quota. This is an experimental opening to determine if smaller amounts of quota can be targeted and harvested by the recreational fishery.

Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains for one more day of fishing in Marine Area 11.

Other information: Non-spot shrimp seasons are opening in several areas of Puget Sound on June 1. Please see pages 134-136 of the 2013/2014 "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing depth restrictions, pot mesh size rules, and descriptions of the shrimp species.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241.

If you are in need of any shrimping gear we have it. We have additional shrimp/prawn bait in stock.

Winter Blackmouth Opens November 1st

posted by Mike on 11/01/2012

Winter blackmouth fishing will open this Thursday in Marine Areas 8-1,8-2 & 9. Marine Areas 10, 11, 12 and 13 are already open. Make sure to read your regulations before fishing as there are some differences between areas.

Though our local areas don't open until Thursday we have been hearing of some blackmouth being caught incidental to the coho fishery. We have heard of some nice average 7 - 8 pound fish being caught on the west side of the bar off Satchet Head. These fish came out of 90 -150 feet of water right tight up against the ledges.

The Brown's Bay area off Spanish House also turned out a few smallish blackmouth for one of our customers yesterday while he was trying to get a couple more of those late running coho.

We have also been hearing of some blackmouth fishing off Jefferson Head in the past couple of weeks. Nothing outstanding size wise but at least there seems to be a few fish around.

Hopefully we will see some better weather for the opener as well as the Bayside Derby that will take place this weekend. Typically, we will get only 10 - 11 days in November that we will be able to fish due to our typical very windy weather.

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