Marine Area 9 salmon season re-opening Feb. 16

WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
http://wdfw.wa.gov

February 8, 2017

Marine Area 9 salmon season re-opening Feb. 16

Action: Marine Area 9 will re-open Feb.16. The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 9 will be 1 chinook, with an overall 2-salmon limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released.

Effective Date: Feb 16 through April 15, 2017.

Species affected: Salmon

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

Reason for action: Test fishery data collected during January and February indicate there are fewer juvenile (sublegal-size) chinook salmon present in these waters. In addition, sufficient capacity exists to re-open the fishery within the guideline of 6,081 “chinook encounters” – including both retained and released fish – agreed to by the tribal co-managers before this year’s fishery began. Delaying the opening to mid-February allowed the state time to determine a reopening date that will give anglers opportunity later into the spring.

Other information: WDFW will continue to monitor the fishery and will work with sportfishing advisors to determine if any other modifications are necessary to achieve a maximum season in Marine Area 9. Edmonds Public Fishing Pier is unaffected by this rule change and specific regulations for the pier can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop (360) 902-2808

Congressional Review and Edit of Pacific Northwest Tribal Fishing Rights

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It is time to put the 1974 Boldt Decision aside and bring the Native American Tribes and U.S. Treaties into the 21st Century.  The Boldt Decision gave the Indian Tribes a 50% share and co-management of the Washington State Fisheries.  The decision was based on the wording and interpretations of the Treaties as they were intended at the time of signing.  Much has changed since the 1850’s that has a direct impact on these Treaties yet they are not reflected in any manor today.  At the time of signing the numbers of Native Americans and Settlers was roughly equal.  Today however, Native Americans account for less than 2% of Washington States total population yet are still granted a full 50% of the Fishery Resources.  We seek to have Congress review, abrogate and amend the treaties as per the Supreme Courts ruling on the Head Money Cases that grants Congress the authority to do so and amend them to reflect the current census in Washington State.  The allocation of 50% of a resource to less than 2% of the population is neither a Fair nor Equitable Split and Congress needs to correct this.  Additionally we would ask congress to grant us the right to ban ALL Commercial Netting (both Native and Non-Native) in our rivers and inland waters.

The Treaty of Olympia, Medicine Creek, Point Elliott, Neah Bay,and Point No Point granted the  Hoh, Makah, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Puyallup, Quileute, and Skokomish tribes. and Later, the Lummi, Quinault, Sauk-Suiattle, Squaxin Island, Stillaguamish, Upper Skagit, and Yakima tribes entitlement to a fair and equitable portion of the fish harvest.

In the 1974 The United States v. Washington, 384 F. Supp. 312 (W.D. Wash. 1974), aff’d, 520 F.2d 676 (9th Cir. 1975), commonly known as the Boldt decision, reaffirmed the reserved right of American Indian tribes in the State of Washington to act alongside the state as co-managers of salmon and other fish, and to continue harvesting them in accordance with the various treaties that the United States had signed with the tribes. The Boldt decision further defined that reserved right, holding after a long trial in 1974 that the tribes were entitled to half the fish harvest each year.

The Supreme Court ruled in the Head Money Cases that “treaties” do not have a privileged position over Acts of Congress and can be repealed or modified (for the purposes of U.S. law) by any subsequent Act of Congress, just like with any other regular law.

When the treaties were written in the 1850’s Native Americans and Non Native Settlers in Washington State were roughly equal in numbers.  The 1880 census act clearly states that “Indians not taxed shall be omitted from the enumeration” but then adds:   the Superintendent of [the] Census may employ special agents or other means to make an enumeration of all Indians not taxed, within the jurisdiction of the United States, with such information as to their condition as may be obtainable.  Under this provision and using specially designed forms, agents enumerated Indians living near military reservations in California, Dakota Territory, and Washington Territory.

Because federal government officials made actual counts or estimates of not taxed Indians, we can calculate the percentage of Indians included in each census:

Census – Taxed Indians (enum) – Not taxed Indians – Total Indians – % enum
1860                 44,021                        295,400               339,421             13
1870                 25,731                        287,981               313,712               8
1880                 66,407                        240,136               306,543              22
These figures exclude all Native Americans living in Alaska. The Census Bureau reported the 1860 and 1870 not taxed Indian totals as part of the taking of the census for those years.

The records for the 1860-1890 Federal Census, were destroyed by a fire at the Commerce Department in Washington, DC on 10 January 1921 but by piecing together information available we can determine that Nativie Americans outnumbered settlers by a small margin.  Based on the 1850 cencus determinations a 50-50 split of the fishery resources would be considered fair and equitable but with respect to the 2010 national census in which Native Americans compromise 1.9% of the Washington State Population a continuation of a 50-50 split of the fishery resource is no longer a fair and equitable split and is grossly excessive on the Native American harvest.

We ask the United States Congress to review and abrogate the original treaties as they pertain to Fish, Shell Fish and Wild Life, and amend the treaties to accurately factor in the current census reports  and based upon the most current information available set a fair and equitable split of the resources that reflects the current ethnic population of Washington State.

2015 Westport Chinook Salmon Derby Winner

The season is over and plenty of fish this past summer, but not as many big fish of the past. Most fish where out in the 50 fathom water and that’s a long way out for smaller boats.

This years winner was Mark Teitzel with his 30 lb 8oz Chinook, winning him $4,000.00!

Photo courtesy of the : Hula Girl one of Westport’s top charters.

Chinook salmon must be released on the Lewis River

Action: Mainstem Lewis and North Fork Lewis River anglers must release all spring chinook.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective date and locations: March 1, 2015, until further notice.

Mainstem Lewis River from mouth to mouth of East Fork;

North Fork Lewis River from mouth of East Fork to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam.

Reason for action: The pre-season forecast is for a return of 1,100 adult spring chinook to the Lewis River in 2015. This is less than the number needed to meet the hatchery escapement goal of approximately 1,350 fish.

Other information: Hatchery returns will be closely monitored in-season.

The mainstem Lewis River and North Fork Lewis River will remain open to fishing for hatchery steelhead. Under permanent rules, the North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek upstream will be closed to all fishing during the month of May.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

Anglers can keep two Chinook off Westport beginning Aug. 18

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Kirk Calkins and friends with a nice mixed bag of kings and silvers from Westport Saturday morning.

OLYMPIA – Starting Monday, Aug. 18, anglers fishing in ocean waters off Westport can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit.

With that change, anglers will be allowed to keep two chinook per day in ocean waters off Westport (Marine Area 2), La Push (Marine Area 3) and Neah Bay (Marine Area 4).

Those fishing Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) will continue to be limited to one chinook as part of their two-salmon daily limit.

All ocean areas are open to salmon fishing seven days per week. Wild coho must be released in all four areas.

Ron Warren, fisheries policy lead for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the previous daily limit of one chinook off Westport was designed to ensure the fishery would remain open the entire season.

“We’ve kept a close eye on the pace of catch in the area,” Warren said. “With sufficient quota remaining, we want to maximize the recreational fishing opportunity through the rest of the season.”

Ocean salmon fisheries are scheduled to continue through Sept. 30 in marine areas 1 and 2 and through Sept. 21 in marine areas 3 and 4. However, a portion of Marine Area 3 will reopen Sept. 27 through Oct. 12.

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season and will announce any other changes on WDFW’s website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_all_saltwater.j .

Additional information on the ocean fishery, including minimum size limits and catch guidelines, is available in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ .

Tom Weaver with a beautiful Westport king salmon

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2014 Washington Salmon Season

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VANCOUVER – State and tribal co-managers yesterday agreed on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations and provides fishing opportunities on healthy stocks.

Washington’s 2014 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribal co-managers, were finalized yesterday during the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (PFMC) meeting in Vancouver. The regulations cover salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, Washington’s ocean and coastal areas and the Columbia River.

WDFW fishery managers worked closely with tribal managers to develop salmon seasons and catch quotas that meet conservation goals for wild salmon, said Phil Anderson, WDFW director. Many members of the public also provided valuable input.

“This year’s process had a number of difficult challenges in designing salmon fisheries,” he said. “We were able to overcome those challenges through a commitment by all those involved to recover and protect wild salmon stocks while providing meaningful fishing opportunities in Washington’s waters.”

While conservative management plans for salmon assist in aiding salmon recovery, good habitat is the backbone of strong, sustainable fisheries, said Lorraine Loomis, Swinomish Tribe fisheries manager.

“Right now we are losing salmon habitat faster than we can restore it,” she said. “Fortunately, decent returns of hatchery salmon mean that both tribal and non-tribal fishermen will be on the water this year.”

As in past years, recreational salmon fisheries will vary by area:

Puget Sound: Anglers will have an opportunity to take advantage of a strong return of coho and Skagit River sockeye salmon but will see adjustments to wild chinook fisheries.

The forecast for sockeye returning to Baker Lake is strong enough this year to allow for both a lake fishery, open July through September, and a fishery on the Skagit River, which will be open June 14 through June 29.

A portion of the estimated 23 million sockeye returning to Canada’s Fraser River will make their way to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the waters around the San Juan Islands. Anglers fishing for sockeye in Marine Areas 5-7 will be allowed to keep two sockeye in addition to daily catch limits for other salmon during July and August.

In fall and winter, several Puget Sound marine areas will be converted to mark-selective fisheries to help protect wild chinook returning to Lake Washington and other watersheds. In the following areas, anglers will only be allowed to keep hatchery fish:

  • Marine Area 11 (Tacoma/Vashon Island) will become a mark-selective fishery October through December
  • Anglers in Marine Area 5 (Sekiu) must release wild chinook and wild coho during the month of October and must release wild chinook from Feb. 16 through April 10.
  • Marine Area 7 (the San Juan Islands) will convert to a mark-selective fishery for the month of October and the South Sound (Marine Area 13) will be restricted to hatchery chinook from Oct. 1 through April 30.
  • Marine areas 9 (Admiralty Inlet) and 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) are scheduled from July 16 through Aug. 31, but will have more restrictive in-season management triggers.
  • The mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook on the Skykomish River is scheduled June 1 through July 31. Meanwhile, day closures will be in effect for all anglers on the Puyallup and Nisqually rivers this year.

Anglers on the Skokomish River will have an additional week to fish for chinook. The season will be open Aug. 1 through Sept. 1, but day closures remain in effect. The Skokomish also will be open daily for coho beginning Sept. 15.

Columbia River: The Buoy 10 salmon fishery will be open from Aug. 1 through Dec. 31. The fishery will be open for chinook and hatchery coho Aug. 1 through Sept. 1 with a daily limit of two salmon, only one of which can be chinook. From Aug. 30 through Sept 1, all retained chinook must have an adipose or left ventral clip.

From Sept. 2 through Sept. 30, anglers will have a daily limit of three hatchery coho but must release chinook. Fisheries managers will assess in-season catch and may enact in-season changes to the chinook retention in August and September. From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, anglers can keep five fish, two of which can be chinook.

In the following fisheries, anglers fishing from the same boat may continue fishing for salmon until all licensed anglers have reached their daily limits:

The mainstem Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Lewis River will be open for hatchery coho Aug. 1 through Dec. 31. Anglers will be allowed to retain one adult chinook as part of their two-adult daily limit from Aug. 1 through Sept. 6. From Sept. 7 through Sept. 14, anglers will be allowed to retain hatchery chinook. From Oct. 1 through Dec 31, anglers can retain two chinook daily.
The Lewis River upstream to Steamboat Landing dock and the point straight across on the Oregon side of the river will be open Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 for hatchery coho and chinook, with a daily limit of two salmon.
The Steamboat Landing dock upstream to the Bonneville Dam will be open Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 for hatchery coho and chinook with a daily limit of three salmon, two of which can be hatchery coho.
Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam will be open Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 with a daily limit of three salmon, two of which can be hatchery coho. Anglers must release any unmarked coho caught downstream of the Hood River Bridge.
The sockeye and hatchery summer chinook fishery below Bonneville Dam will be open from June 16 through June 30 on the mainstem Columbia River, with a daily limit of two adult salmon or steelhead, or one of each.

Washington’s ocean waters: The PFMC yesterday approved a recreational chinook catch quota of 59,100 fish, which is an increase of 11,000 fish from 2013’s quota. The PFMC, which establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast, also adopted a quota of 184,800 coho for this year’s recreational ocean fishery – about 110,000 fish higher than last year’s quota.

Mark-selective salmon fisheries will begin in ocean areas on various dates in May.

The recreational salmon fishing season in Marine areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) will begin with two short openings May 16 and 17, and May 23 and 24 for hatchery chinook. The mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook in those two marine areas will then reopen May 31 and run seven days a week through June 13.
Mark-selective fisheries for hatchery chinook will be open daily May 31 through June 13 in Marine Area 2 (Westport/Ocean Shores) and Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco). In all areas, anglers will have a daily limit of two salmon, but must release coho and wild chinook. The fisheries could close earlier if a coastwide quota of 9,000 hatchery chinook is reached.
Recreational ocean salmon fisheries for chinook and hatchery coho will be open daily beginning June 14 in Marine areas 1-4. Anglers will have a daily limit of two salmon in Marine areas 3 and 4. Those fishing Marine areas 1 and 2 also will have a two-salmon daily limit, but can keep only one chinook per day. Marine Area 4 will close Sept. 21 while Marine areas 1 and 2 close Sept. 30. Marine Area 3 closes Sept. 21 but will be open again Sept. 27 through Oct. 12.

Specific fishing seasons and regulations for marine areas in Washington and a portion of the Columbia River will be posted on WDFW’s North of Falcon website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/ within a few weeks.