May 14, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
Puget Sound Dungeness crab fisheries faced with summer closures south of Vashon Island due to poor abundance levels

The hey days of the Puget Sound Dungeness crab fisheries could be a thing of the past as some marine areas mainly south of Seattle will be faced with summer closures due a drastic dip in abundance. “We haven’t been this low in Puget Sound for Dungeness crab harvest since 2012, and...

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Apr 30, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
Rain doesn’t damper spirit of anglers on opening day who found fairly good success

While the weather was a bit wet for the statewide lowland lakes trout opener on Saturday that didn’t deter many from getting out to try their luck at catching fish. “We ran into some rain, but that is a typical opening day scenario in the Pacific Northwest and we had...

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Apr 16, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
Trout-fishing mania begins with statewide lowland lakes opener April 28-29

Spring is marker when the sun rises earlier and earlier over the eastern horizon, the days are getting a lot longer, the flowers and trees are blooming and so are the trout fishing opportunities. Thousands and thousands of anglers are prepping their fishing gear for the traditional statewide lowland lakes...

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Apr 02, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
Halibut sport quotas set and season starts May 11, and salmon season process meeting is Tuesday

The halibut catch quotas were finalized this past week, and anglers can start making plans to pursue these hard-fighting bottom dwellers when the season gets underway on May 11 off the coast and open areas of Puget Sound. “The catch quota of 1.19-million pounds (for sport, tribal and non-tribal commercial...

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Mar 19, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
Preliminary salmon fishing options come to light, and Puget Sound anglers could see more time on the water

State fisheries and Pacific Fishery Management Council developed ocean salmon fishing options, and some early work was made for Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca fisheries at meetings that ended last week in Sonoma, California. Chinook and coho returns are still in the recovery phase after several grim...

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Mar 05, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
2018 salmon forecasts unveil a mixed bag of highlights and lowlights for possible salmon fisheries

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) unveiled salmon forecasts, and there are some improvements peppered with returns that could restrain opportunities as fishery managers take the first steps in a lengthy process of setting fishing seasons. “Overall Puget Sound hatchery chinook are up 21 percent based on the...

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Feb 26, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
UPDATED: More 2018 salmon news coming to light ahead of Tuesday WDFW forecast meeting in Lacey

With the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) salmon forecast meeting looming on the near horizon – Tuesday, Feb. 27 – to be exact we now have word leaking out on early expectations for the 2018 fishing seasons. “We are still compiling the tables so they aren’t complete yet...

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Feb 20, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
Coastal bottomfishing season starts soon, plus word on springer and razor clams

The popular of the coastal black rockfish and lingcod sport fishery gets underway on March 10 off some coastal ports, and anglers can expect some blissful spring days on water weather permitting. The black rockfish population remains healthy in coastal waters, according to Heather Reed, a Washington Department of Fish...

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Feb 06, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
Focus this month is marine salmon fishing action as more areas reopen soon

The clock on the wall says it’s time to hitch up the boat for some chinook fishing opportunities in the months ahead. The San Juan Islands (Marine Catch Area 7) continue to produce some stellar hatchery chinook fishing although rough seas and bad weather has been an issue of late....

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Jan 27, 2018 by Mark Yuasa
IPHC sets halibut catch quotas that are down slightly from 2017, but still better than in recent years

The International Pacific Halibut Commission set the 2018 halibut catch quotas in Portland, Oregon on Friday, and the overall poundage is slightly down from last year. The total sport catch quota is 225,366 pounds compared to 237,762 pounds in 2017, and 214,110 pounds in 2016, 2015 and 2014. A breakdown...

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