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President’s message from Martin Chen for July 2022.
Our June chapter meeting feature our own members as speakers: John Ignac and Jason Anderson did a great presentation on their TRN sponsored trip to Baja, with several other chapter members. Stay tuned for announcements about next year. We had a good turnout of members and families with kids at the Cabela’s fishing pond June 11-12. Club members set up and operated the kid’s fishing pond at the Rods and Reels in Need Expo June 18. Seven members helped about 250 kids catch a trout. Our board has gotten requests from 3 other organizations to hold kid’s fishing events for this summer, so there’s a lot of community interest out there. Coming up very soon are two events: A June 25 club outing to Riffe Lake to catch landlocked coho and triploid rainbows and the annual Garage Sale July 16. Bring in that fishing/boating gear now that you’ve upgraded and other unneeded things. We will need some volunteers to setup and price items on July 15 – contact Mike Silvers. Our speaker at the general meeting July 7 will be none other than Jim “Tug” Tuggle to talk about salmon recovery. I suspect he might bring some copies of his books to sign too! The board meeting will be Wednesday July 20 and members are welcome to attend. The Annual Club member’s fishing derby is on Saturday August 20.
SSCPSA President's Monthly Newsletter June 2022
The speakers at our June meeting will be John Ignac, Jason Anderson, Mike Silvers, Steve Andrews and Allen Morrow. The topic will be our recent trip to Baja California.
South Sound Chapter News for June 2022
Martin F Chen, President
We have one events coming up in May and two in June. Saturday May 21 was the butter/geoduck/any other bivalve dig at Hope Island State Park. See the pictures of this trip on the Home tab. Steamer clams, butter clams, horse clams and oysters were harvested by the participants. Friday morning, June 17 we are going to setup the kids fishing pond for the first annual Rods and Reels in Need Expo, volunteers needed (contact Mike Silvers). The event will be Saturday June 18 at the Thurston County Fairgrounds from 10-5. There will be marine industry reps (Verle’s), book signings (Jim Tuggle) and many other attractions. Saturday June 25 we will have a club fish-in at Riffe Lake. Watch for a signup sheet, fishing methods and details at the June 2 meeting. Riffe is a good producer of landlocked coho, triploid trout and the occasional chinook and the methods are the same as salmon fishing. We are looking forward to our June 2 meeting 7 pm at the Lacey Community Center – a full report on our member’s Baja Trip is anticipated. The Board meeting is Wednesday June 15. The weather will turn and summer will be here!
SSCPSA President's Monthly Newsletter May 2022
South Sound Chapter
PRESIDENT: Martin Chen (360)490-3383 – VICE PRESIDENT: Jason Anderson (360) 870-4112 SECRETARY/TREASURER: Dee Glenn (360) 491-0431
We had three events this month. The annual Seafood Banquet and Raffle was the April monthly meeting. Over 80 people came for the all-you-can-eat steelhead, whitefish, steamer clams, chowder, shrimp macaroni salad and green salad. We have some talented cooks in our group and thanks to Jason and Jay for heading this up.
Our big event is the Lacey Family Fish-in, which we couldn’t do in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. This is an event put on with City of Lacey Parks and Recreation at Long’s Pond right behind the Community Center. WDFW provided 2000 trout from Lakewood Hatchery plus John Pahutski and Colby Buell. We set out 400 feet of net and subdivided it into three separate enclosures. There was a surplus of fishing outfits built up from 2020 and 2021 (thank you Cabelas/Bass Pro) so this year each registered kid got to take an outfit home for free. Education is a big part of this event so there was a Boating Safety presentation, plankton viewing with Stream Team, casting Lessons and even some fish anatomy lessons at the fish cleaning table. About 20 volunteers were there, including some from Capitol Bass Club and Cabelas. A big thank you to everyone involved. We had 445 kids brave the wind, rain and even hail. Quite a few kept fishing in the open part of the pond after their time in the netted area was over.
Congratulations to Mike Silvers on organizing this event.
The third event was the annual members Boat Show and Safety Inspection at the Swantown Marina. This is a chance to get the inspection sticker on your boat before the summer starts, and to see someone else’s setup. Eight boats were declared ready for the salt.
The next General Meeting is May 5 at the Lacey Community Center. For a change of pace, we will have Chris White from the Bob Oke game farm talk about the westside pheasant release program. We will also talk about the midday Razor clam dig/surfperch at Twin Harbors May 7, and a geoduck/butter clam dig at Hope Island State Park May 21. Four beaching boats will be available to go to Hope Island and boat pools will be arranged from Boston Harbor and Arcadia. June 18 we will be running a kid’s fishing pond at the Rods and Reels in Need Expo at the Thurston County Fairgrounds. Start saving and sorting surplus fishing/boating/hunting gear for the annual Garage Sale July 16 (Set up on July 15). Do you really need all those flashers? If you haven’t paid your dues yet, bring them to the May meeting.
SSCPSA President's Monthly Newsletter April 2022
PRESIDENT: Martin Chen (360)490-3383 – VICE PRESIDENT: Jason Anderson (360) 870-4112 SECRETARY/TREASURER: Dee Glenn (360) 491-0431
CHAPTER MESSAGE BY PAST PRESIDENT ALLEN MORROW
There were two highlights to the March meeting. First was the election of officers for the next year. The new officers are President Martin Chen; Vice President Jason Anderson; Secretary/Treasurer Dee Glenn; and Board Members Jonathan Chamrad and Darwin Kumm. I want to extend my sincere thanks to these folks for their willingness to step forward and lead this chapter onward. The second highlight was an engaging and educational talk by Martin Chen on a disease that is prevalent in late release Chinook Salmon and his efforts to find a way to reduce its severity or eliminate it entirely. This condition which affects the kidneys of the juvenile salmon in some cases causes death to over 50% of the fingerlings before they can be released from the hatchery. We have a number of events on the calendar for the month of April. The annual Kids Fish-in in conjunction with Lacey Parks and Recreation will return on April 9. We expect to have 400 to 600 kids at the event each of which will go home with new rod and reel. We need volunteers to help put the rods/reels together on Monday April 4 at 5:00 PM at the White House and on Saturday April 9 at 6:30 AM to help the kids learn to use their new fishing tackle. If you want to help please let Mike Silvers know at (360) 951-5160 or email@example.com. Our April general meeting on Thursday April 7 is our annual seafood banquet at the Lacey Community Center. Social hour will be from 6:00-7:00, with dinner starting at 7:00. A large bucket raffle for men, women and kids stuff will follow the dinner. The cost is $15.00 (kid's 10 and younger are free). We will be serving salmon/steelhead, steamer clams, chowder, salads, and garlic bread. Hot dogs will also be served for those who don't want seafood. On Saturday April 16 we will have our annual Swantown Boat Show and Safety inspection in the upper parking lot from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This in opportunity for you to show off your boat and more importantly get it inspected to ensure it meets all the Coast Guard safety requirements. A representative of the U. S. Power Squadron will conduct the surveys and will issue a decal to be placed on the boat verifying that it is safe. I have found that having the decal has allowed me to avoid safety inspections by the Coast Guard of local law enforcement officials. Finally, just a reminder that your 2022 dues are due if you haven’t already paid them. The can be paid at the April banquet or by sending a check to South Chapter Puget Sound Anglers, PO Box 1002, Olympia, WA 98507.
SSCPSA President's Monthly Newsletter March 2022
I want to thank everyone who contacted their legislative representatives regarding attempts in the legislature to change the leadership structure of WDFW. These bills which would have rolled the WDFW into the Department of Natural Resources or in other ways severely reduced the authority of the WDFW Commission all died early in the Legislative session. This happened because many of us took the time to express our opinion about the proposed action. For example, in the case of the bill moving control of WDFW from the current commission to the Department of Natural Resources out of 47 people who signed in to speak at the hearing 44 opposed the bill. There were also 261 written comments regarding the bill with only 2 in support. Legislators do listen and heed the views of their constituents if enough let them know what they think. Now it is up to all of us to put pressure on the Commission and the Governor to ensure it follows the mandate to enhance fishing opportunities for all Washington citizens. We have a number of upcoming events on the calendar. I am attaching a copy of the current prospective calendar. If you have any suggestions for additional outings or other activities please let me know. I would like to emphasize a couple of upcoming events. The first is the annual Kids Fish-in at Longs Pond on Saturday, April 9. We are working with the Lacey Parks and Recreation to ensure that this event happens. We will need volunteers on the day of the event and to help us put together the rods that will be given to each participant on Monday, April 4. Put those dates on your calendar and help us introduce up to 600 kids to the joy of fishing. Also, in April we will have our annual Seafood banquet on Thursday, April 7. We hope to have the traditional salmon and steamer clam menu. If you have any salmon or steelhead you would like to donate for the dinner, please let Jay Evans or Jason Anderson who have agreed to chair this activity know. I have always wondered where salmon and steelhead go when they leave the rivers they were hatched in. I am attaching an article Martin Chen found that partially answers that question and also addresses the effect of ocean conditions on the survivability of the various species of anadromous fish we like and want to catch.
We had our pond out for a kid’s fishing event for the first time in over 2 years on February 19. The activity was in conjunction with WDFW at Vance Pond 2 in Elma. What made the event different than previous outings is that it was stocked with 12 Steelhead and 25 brood stock trout averaging around 3 pounds. Just imagine trying to catch a steelhead with a trout rod in a 10’ by 20’ pond. Tangles were common but there were many happy kids at the end of the day. I would like to thank everyone who turned out to make this a success.
We are back to having in person meetings on the first Thursday of the month. The meetings will continue to be at the Lacey Community Center starting at 7:00 PM. Masks are still required for entry into the Community Center as I am drafting this message, but hopefully that restriction will be eliminated soon. Martin Chen will be the speaker at the March meeting. Martin is a retired fish pathologist who will speak on preventing a chronic fish disease in hatcheries that threatens the viability of salmon smolts being released into the wild.
Joe Morrow and Forrest Gill both missed chances to go home with $50 and $100 respectively by missing the January and February meetings. Don’t miss your opportunity to take home $150 by missing the March meeting.
SSCPSA President's Monthly Newsletter February 2022
The first month of 2022 has come and it appears to be a repeat of 2021. We are still facing the effects of the COVID pandemic, Mother Nature has sent us first terrible weather and then the threat of a tsunami and finally the state legislature is considering changes to WDFW. There are three bills under consideration that will change the current leadership of the WDFW as established by the residents of this great state some years ago. Although many of us disagree with many of the decisions made by the current leadership of the department these bills are really a power grab by several groups that want to substitute their false view of the science behind the current management of our fish hatcheries and other wildlife resources for established science being used by WDFW today. If they pass, I firmly believe hatchery product will be further reduced and we will have less opportunity to fish in the future. It is imperative for all of us let our representatives know that we oppose each and every one of them.
I am concerned about the future leadership of our chapter. Our annual election of new officers will be at the March meeting. As I write these comments we are seeking candidates for these offices, President, Secretary/Treasurer, and 2 board positions. Under the club’s bylaws which limit the president to a two year term I will be no longer eligible to hold the office after that meeting. Someone has to step up and agree take on the duties of the position. We have the same problem with the two board positions. Thankfully, the position does not apply to the Secretary/Treasurer however, Dee Glenn the incumbent, who has held the position for over 20 years, would appreciate an opportunity to train her eventual replacement.
You may have noticed that there wasn’t a January newsletter. We are in the process of reexamining the format of the newsletter. One of the suggestions is to change it from an emailed monthly document to an interactive facebook page. If you have thoughts regarding staying with the current format or going to an online version please let me or any board member know. I am sure this will be a topic of discussion at the February meeting.
Finally, your 2022 dues are due. You can send them to South Sound Chapter PSA, PO Box 1002, Olympia, WA 98507-1002 or bring them to our February 3rd meeting. I hope to see you all at that meeting.
SSCPSA President's Monthly Newsletter January 2022
We ended a very unusual and somewhat trying year, due the ongoing COVID pandemic, with a very successful holiday banquet. Over 75 members, their families and guests enjoyed a delicious turkey and ham dinner. It was great to see everyone again. I want to thank those who volunteered to make this happen. It my sincere hope that this will be the start on our return to normality. Hopefully everyone will continue to practice safe and effective practices so that we can defeat COVID.
We were only able to hold two regular meetings in 2021, but we did have two successful banquets, our annual member derby and several outings. In addition, many of us enjoyed successful fishing trips to Westport and Hood Canal especially in August and early September. Unfortunately, for many of us fishing in Area 13 was not as productive. Hopefully that is not a forewarning of the future in our local area.
It is now time to look forward to 2022. We plan to have clam dig and possibly surf perch outings in January and February, a trout fishing outing to Lake Lawrence in conjunction with the Nisqually Valley VFW Derby in March, the Kids Fish-In in April and an outing to Mayfield Lake in May. More information regarding these activities will be sent out prior to each event.
The Board of Directors is seeking input from all of our members regarding topics they want addressed at our monthly meetings and what other activities should be on our agenda. If you have any issues, topics or suggestions for outings please contact any board member. We also are seeking nominations for the offices of President, Vice President and two Board Members. If you are interested in running for one of these positions or want to nominate someone please contact any current officer or board member.
Our next meeting will be on January 6 at the Lacey Community Center beginning at 7:00 PM. the speaker will be Clay Anderson. Clay will give us insight into bass fishing in local lakes and the potholes of Eastern Washington. In light of recent WDFW decisions to close the Chehalis system to winter fishing, Area 13 to crabbing and to first close and then provide restricted opportunities to fish for Chum it is becoming more likely that if we want to fish we will need to learn about other possibilities in our local area such as bass.
In closing, it is time to renew your membership by paying your 2022 dues. You can accomplish this by sending a check in the amount of $35.00 payable to South Sound Chapter PSA to PO Box 1002, Olympia, WA 98507-1002.
It was great to see everyone who came to the November meeting. Dan Ayres, WDFW’s Coastal Shellfish Manager gave us a very informative and interesting presentation on razor clams and crab. For example, I have been digging razor clams for almost 70 years and learned for the first time that there are male and female clams. I also learned that razor clams are the best bait to use to catch crabs. The only problem with this is that I would rather eat the clams myself. I hope the success of this meeting was the first of many future meetings.
It seems that almost every week a new threat to our ability to fish in our usual and accomplished places for salmon and steelhead arises. The latest is a possibility that all coastal rivers and their tributaries will be either closed or only limited fishing opportunities will be permitted. For those of us in the South Sound that regularly fish the Chehalis, Wynoochee, Satsop and Skookumchuck rivers these threats mean we may not be stuck at home and not outdoors enjoying the activity we all look forward to. There are many factors contributing these decisions, but first and foremost is the fact that fewer fish to catch and that recreational fishing appears to be taking a back seat at the table where the decisions are made. That is why it is critical that we all make our presence known when WDFW holds virtual and in person meetings regarding season setting.
On a lighter note we do have several events scheduled for December. The first is the annual Christmas Party on December 2nd. We will provide turkey and ham and you will provide salads. There will be a raffle of many great items. We have been advised by the City of Lacey that we must require everyone in attendance to wear a mask at all times except when actually eating. The next event will be a combination crab and clam dig outing to the Willapa and Grayland on December 18 and our annual New Year’s Eve clam dig outing to Grayland on the 31st.
Our next regular meeting will be on January 6. The location of the meeting and speaker have yet to be determined. We will be unable to use the Lacey Community Center as it will be closed for the first two weeks of January. The member drawing is up to $100. Joe Morrow’s name was drawn at the November meeting for a $50 prize, unfortunately for him he wasn’t there.
We are having our meetings again! Next meeting is on 4 Nov. Come listen to WDFW's Dan Ayres talk about razor clamming.
Allen Morrow, President
South Sound Chapter Puget Sound Anglers
SSCPSA President's Monthly Newsletter November 2021
We are back to in person meetings beginning on November 4. The only restriction is that everyone must wear a mask while in the building. The featured speaker that evening will be Dan Ayres, WDFW’s Coastal Shell Fish Manager. Dan promises to give us an update on current razor clam populations, a prediction of what might happen next year and a description of the process used to determine clam digging opportunities. In addition there will be fish tales, the usual raffle for two $50.00 prizes and this month the drawing of a members name for a $50.00 prize. Bob Jamison was glad he attended our last meeting when he went home $50.00 richer.
The December meeting will be our annual Christmas Party. The club will provide turkey, ham, punch, dessert and snacks. You will provide salads and other side dishes on a pot luck basis. This event is dependent on having sufficient volunteers to make it happen. Dee will be sending out a sign up sheet soon. More on this will be available at the November meeting.
There are a number of upcoming events you might want to put on your calendar. The first is a combination crab/clam dig outing to Willapa Bay and Grayland on November 20. Next will be another combination crab/clam dig outing to Willapa Bay and Grayland on December 18. We plan to end 2021 with a clam dig at Grayland on December 31. More information on each of these event will be sent out later, but if you are interested in attending any of them please let Mike Silvers or me know.
I am looking forward to seeing you all Thursday night.
Allen Morrow, President
South Sound Chapter Puget Sound Anglers
There will be a November general meeting on November 4 unless the COVID situation worsens and meetings are banned again. If that happens, I will send out a notice. The current rules will require everyone to wear a mask. Although it is not a requirement, we ask that everyone attending the meeting be vaccinated. There will be a speaker at the meeting - Dan Ayers of WDFW will be talking Razor Clams.
There are a number of upcoming events you need to put on your calendar. The first will be a combination crab/clam dig to Willipa Bay and Grayland on November 20; next will be another combination crab/clam dig to Willipa Bay and Grayland on December 18 and our traditional New Year’s Eve clam dig at Grayland on December 31. More specific information regarding these events will be sent later. However, it will help us plan for each outing if you could let Mike Silvers at firstname.lastname@example.org or me (email@example.com) know now if you would like to come to any of them. We would especially like to know if you plan to be there, are bringing your boat if you have one, and have room for someone on it.
It’s a month away, but we are in the planning stage for our annual Christmas banquet on December 2, 2021. Dee Glenn would appreciate any help you can provide in planning for this event. If you are interested give her a call at 360-491-0431 or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those new to the club, the Christmas banquet is a potluck with the club providing ham, turkey, punch and snacks. It will begin a social hour at 6:00 PM and there will be large bucket raffle at the close of the evening.
It is now time to look forward to 2022 when we hope to able to return tour regular routine. The Board of Directors is seeking input from all of our members regarding topics they want addressed at our monthly meetings and what other activities should be on our agenda. If you have any issues, topics or suggestions for outings please contact any board member. We also are seeking nominations for the offices of President, Vice President and two Board Members. If you are interested in running for one of these positions or want to nominate someone please contact any current officer or board member.
Unfortunately the COVID situation has not improved and we will be unable to hold our October meeting. The Board of Directors made this decision after reviewing data showing that the pandemic remains real in this area with the local hospitals being at capacity and a dramatic increase in the number of deaths related to COVID infections. Hopefully, the situation will improve soon and we will be able to resume regular meetings starting in November.Although we don’t believe it is prudent to hold indoor meetings we do believe that outdoor activities are safe and with that in mind have scheduled several outings.
The first event was a surf perch/clam dig outing to Mocrocks on September 25. We had a good day on the beach even though the surf perch part was a bust with only 2 very small perch, a couple of flounder and some sculpins being brought to shore. However, most everyone brought home a limit of 20 clams. It was an opportunity to see friendly faces and catch up with what is happening with other members
Other upcoming events are an excursion to Mayfield Lake on October 23 (changed from Riffe Lake due to water levels) ; a combination crab/clam dig to Willipa Bay and Grayland on November 20; another combination crab/clam dig to Willipa Bay and Grayland on December 18 and our traditional New Years Eve clam dig at Grayland on December 31. More specific information regarding these events will be sent later. However, it will help us plan for each outing if you could let Mike Silvers or me know now if you would like to come to any of them. We would especially like to know if you plan to be there, are bringing your boat, if you have one, and have room for someone on it. As of this time we have preliminary commitments from two boat owners and room for four individuals without a boat
Please let me or Mike Silvers know if you have any ideas for other outings. For example, there are a number of other possible dates for clam dig outings which we could put together if there is enough interest. We also would appreciate suggestions for other outing opportunities.
Allen Morrow, President
South Sound Chapter Puget Sound Anglers
Volunteers needed September 22 & 24:
Hello Everyone, I am forwarding emails regarding an opportunity to assist Rods and Reels in Need ( Larry Stamp) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service at an event to provide Big Brothers and Big Sisters fishing rods and reels and instruction on how to use them. The event will happen at the Lacey Community Center ( Long's Pond) on September 22 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. One more thing to add. Another option for assisting would be to help sort through, organize, and prep donated rod and reel combos prior to the events. Larry with Rods and Reels in Need has a shed and two trailers with donated gear and it would be a big help if folks could spare an hour or two here and there to help him prep the gear. This could be done any time between now and the events. There is a second event in the parking lot of Salvation Army on Friday, September 24th. This is strictly giving away gently used rod & reel combos to families that qualify for their holiday give and meal program.
If you are interested in helping, please respond to Dan Spencer (email@example.com) or Larry Stamp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Allen Morrow, President South Sound Chapter Puget Sound Anglers
SSCPSA President's Monthly Newsletter October 2021
The evil COVID virus bites us again. Unless there is a significant change in the number of new cases in Thurston County between now and October 7 the Board has decided to cancel the scheduled meeting. Hopefully, the situation will improve as more people are vaccinated and obeying the mask requirements. I will send out an update if it becomes possible for us to hold the meeting.
While we are concerned about holding an inside meeting, we believe that it is possible to safely gather outdoors. With that in mind we are scheduling a number of outings in the next several months. The first of those outings was a Surf Perch/Clam Dig on September 25. Hopefully, many of you were able to join us at that event. Upcoming events are an excursion to Riffe Lake on October 23; a combination crab/clam dig to Willapa Bay and Grayland on November 20; another combination crab/clam dig to Willapa Bay and Grayland on December 18 and our traditional New Year’s Eve clam dig at Grayland on December 31. More information regarding these events will be sent later. Please let me or Mike Silvers know if you have any ideas for other outings. Please see the Calendar of Events tab for more information.
Ron Garner was the featured speaker at our September meeting. He provided an inspired discussion of things PSA has accomplished in its efforts to promote recreational fishing while protecting and restoring salmon runs throughout the Northwest Region. As Ron pointed out in his talk it is imperative that everyone, recreational, commercial and tribal, join together in these efforts or we will all lose together.
The continued success of clubs like ours is dependent on the dedication and efforts of volunteers. We continue to look for individuals interested in becoming more active in keeping the club going. The current officers and members of the board have all served ably for many years, but it is time for new people with new ideas to come on board. If you are interested in becoming a more active volunteer in any capacity please contact me at email@example.com or Steve Cummings Stephencummings1@comcast.net.
It is my hope that we will be able to hold our November meeting in person. Until that time please plan to attend the Riffe Lake outing. If you are fishing have do so safely and let us all know how you did.
September 2nd meeting info:
At this time the meeting on Thursday is a go provided everyone in attendance is wearing a mask. Lacey has made it very clear that we cannot allow anyone in the building without a mask.
Ron Garner, the current State PSA President, is tentatively scheduled to be the speaker. I am awaiting conformation from him. Other events at the meeting will include the derby winner award and the raffle drawing for the rest of us that purchased tickets. If Ron can’t make it we can have an extended fish tale discussion. Based on recent emails there is a lot to talk about.
Allen Morrow, President
South Sound Chapter Puget Sound Anglers
SSCPSA President's Monthly Newsletter September 2021
It was great to be able to have a in person meeting in August. Those who attended the meeting heard a very timely presentation by Steve Andrews on the techniques he uses to catch Kings and Coho in the
South Sound. Perhaps the tips he shared allowed someone to catch one of the wining fish in our annual Member and Guest Derby which happened after I wrote this report. This is the time of the year when traditionally we have been preparing for the kids fish pond at the
Washington State Fair. However, for the second year in a row that is not going to happen. I appreciate all the time and effort everyone has provided in the past to make this event a success and wish it could
be happening again this year, but it is not possible. However, we have been asked to take part in an upcoming Kid’s Tackle Giveaway and Fishing event on the afternoon of September 22. This is a program
sponsored by Big Brothers and Sisters and Rods & Reels in need. More information regarding the event will be sent later. The Board is in the process of scheduling outings for the next several months. The first of these is a surf perch outing to Grayland on September 18. Another anticipated outing is a trip to Riffe Lake in October. In October, November and December we hope to have clam dig outings provided there is an open season. Finally, we are planning our annual crab outing to the Willapa in late December. The specifics of any of these events aren’t finalized yet. More information will be provided as it become available.
Our next monthly meeting will be on Thursday September 2 provided we are allowed to hold it at the Lacey Community Center location. Under the current COVID rules we can hold the meeting, but
everyone in attendance must wear a mask. The speaker that evening will be Ron Garner, President, Puget Sound Anglers who will discuss the efforts our association is taking to ensure we have continued
opportunities for recreational fishing. This should be a lively and educational discussion that I hope is permitted to come about.
SSCPSA President's Monthly Newsletter August 2021
WE ARE BACK IN BUSINESS! It was wonderful to see over 70 members and guests at our welcome back barbeque on July 7. I want to extend my sincere thanks to all who volunteered to make this very enjoyable event a great success. However, I must extend a special thank you to Dee Glenn. Not only was the welcome back barbeque Dee’s idea, but she also arranged for the venue, made all of salads we enjoyed, did the shopping for the raffle items and coordinated the entire event. I don’t know what we would do without her.
We are returning to our normal general meeting schedule on Thursday August 5 at 7:00 PM. The speaker that evening will be Steve Andrews. Steve is a very successful angler everywhere he fishes, but especially in Area 13. He will share his knowledge of hot spots in the local area and the techniques he uses.
This is especially timely as our annual Chapter Member and Guest Derby will be on Saturday, August 21. Tickets for the derby are $30.00/person and will be available at the August meeting or from Mike Silvers (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dee Glenn (deeglen2@comcast .net) or me (email@example.com). This year’s prizes are first place $400, second $200, third $100 and $75 for the mystery fish. In addition, this year every entrant will be entered into a drawing for additional prizes. Any legal salmon may be entered. The weigh station will be open at the Boston Harbor Marina from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
As has been the practice in the past $5.00 of the derby ticket price will be donated for pancreatic cancer research in honor of Terry Rudnick. With that in mind Terry has recently announced that on August 21 his annual breakfast on the water will return. He says, “Covid put us out of business last year, and will have some impact on this year’s event as well. We’ll be serving lattes, hot coffee, juice and muffins, but the grill will be closed this year. The raffle we added a few years ago keeps getting bigger, and we’ve added lots of new stuff for this year.” I am sure more information regarding this event will be forthcoming.
I have seen several reports of successful trips at Westport and local waters in recent days. One of the things I enjoy most about my membership in this organization is the opportunity to learn from others. Please continue to share your fishing reports. You can do so by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are on the water good luck and be safe.
SSCPSA President's Monthly Newsletter July 2021
At long last we will have an in person meeting. We are going to celebrate this by having a barbeque dinner and raffle on Wednesday July 7 at the Lacey Community Center. There will be a social hour beginning at 6:00 PM with dinner being served at 7:00. I look forward to seeing everyone that evening.
On Saturday June 12 we had a very successful boat show which was coupled with an opportunity to have a safety inspection performed by a representative of from the United States Power Squadron. Fourteen members brought their boats and demonstrated how they have them rigged for types of fishing. I know I came away with some different ideas that I plan to try this summer. In my mind the most important part of the day was the safety inspection. I was pleased to learn that all 14 boats passed with flying colors and received a decal showing that fact. The decal is important because if you have one you usually are not subject to vessel safety checks by the Coast Guard, WDFW or local law enforcement. I want to acknowledge and thank Viki Sharp, who gave up her Saturday to perform the checks. For those who couldn’t make it to the show, Viki is willing to come to you and do the check. Her contact number if 360 866-7134 (leave a message).
Don’t forget our annual garage sale on Saturday, July 17. This event is a major fund raiser for the club. Sale items need not be fishing related. We are looking for any item you might want to donate other than clothing. You can drop off the items you wish to donate at Mike Silvers’ house (4554 14th Ave SE, Lacey, WA) at any time. We will be setting up the sale on the afternoon of July 16 and would appreciate any help at that time as well as on the day of the sale.
One of the things that makes organizations like ours work is the involvement of volunteer members. We have been lucky to have them throughout the years. One such member, Chris Salp has done fantastic job of editing our newsletter for several years. Unfortunately, for us he has recently moved and is no longer able to continue in that role. Therefore, we need a replacement. Please let me know if you are interested.
We will resume our normal meeting schedule on Thursday August 5. Steve Andrews, a very experienced South Sound area angler, will be the speaker at that meeting. He will share his knowledge of hot spots in the local area and the techniques he uses. This is especially timely as our annual Chapter Member and Guest Derby will be on Saturday, August 21. More information on the derby will be forth coming.
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SSCPSA President's Monthly Newsletter June 2021
It appears that the year long suspension of our in person meetings is nearing an end. There is still a possibility that we might have a zoom meeting on June 3 if we can solve some technical issues that have plagued us for the past year. In any event we do plan to have a welcome back general meeting on Saturday July 10. The plan is to hold the meeting in the late afternoon at the Lacey Community Center picnic area. There will be a barbeque dinner and raffle. More information regarding the timing of the
event will be forthcoming. Regular monthly meetings will commence on the first Thursday in August and continue for the rest of the year.
The next event will be our annual garage sale on July 17. This is a significant fund raiser for our club. In the past we have sold not only fishing gear (which most of us probably have more unused items than we need), but also washers, driers, a travel trailer, a boat and many other items someone had laying around the house. The only restriction we place on donations is NO CLOTHING.
Although many of us have been fishing throughout the winter, June is considered by many the start of the boating season. Many of us are already using our boats in lakes for trout and the salt for halibut and
shrimp. Salmon season will soon be upon us which means that we will be spending more time on the water. So, if you haven’t already done so, it is time to get your boat out of storage and make sure it is ready to be used. Even if you have, the first thing we all need to do is to refresh our knowledge of boating safety practices. The next thing to do is to check all your safety equipment to ensure that is serviceable. You should especially look at the expiration dates on your flares and fire extinguisher and replace those that are no longer valid. Finally, make sure the boat and the trailer it has been sitting on all winter are sound mechanically. If all these items check out, have a great summer on the water.
Another upcoming event is the annual member and guest derby set for August 21 if the WDFW reopens Area 13 for salmon fishing. John Ignac who has done a great job as chair of this event for the past three years has resigned but has agree to work with his replacement this summer. We need someone to step up and take on this task.
Finally, Chris Salp our Newsletter editor has moved to Port Angeles and has asked to be replaced. If you are interested in assuming this responsibility for this important function pleas let me know.
The past year has been a very trying time for our club. The inability to have regular meetings
has made it seem as if we have gone out of business. That is not true in fact we have had a
number of events throughout the year. These events include:
1. A rockfish/crab outing to Westport in July. Six members brought their boats and around 15
members had a day on the water. Unfortunately, the weather and fish didn’t cooperate, but we all had a good time. That month we also had a surf perch and wienie roast outing at Grayland attended by 25 members and guests. It was a great day for all.
2. We started the month of August with our annual garage sale. This is one of our primary fund raisers for the Kid’s Fishing Program and our general operating expenses. We did not know what to expect given the current COVID 19 conditions. To our surprise it was the best year ever. We almost doubled the amount earned over last year. This successful result
solved budgetary concerns facing the Board. I want to thank everyone who contributed items for the sale and helped out.
3. Our third annual derby on August 22 was a great success if you consider that there were 59 tickets sold and that it was a perfect day to be on the water. However, it was not a very successful day for those of us who measure fishing success by the number of fish in the box. There were only 2 fish brought to the weigh station.
The winner was Ben Bower with a 10.4# King with second place going to Bob Boes at 9.1#
4. In October eleven members had a great day digging clams and enjoying a wienie roast.
5. In early November we took several GIs from JBLM on a bobber dogging chum fishing expedition.
6. Another November outing was a trout fishing excursion to Mayfield Lake. Seven of us enjoyed a great fall day on the water. However, as seems to be the case on our outings the fish didn’t cooperate. Only three trout went home for dinner.
7. On the 19th of December we had a very successful crab outing to Willipa Bay. Ten members all came home with their limit of delicious crab.
8. After some unexpected snags we were able to hold a unique Kids Fish-in on April 17, 2021. The City of Lacey at the last minute told us that we couldn’t hold the planned event Long’s Pond due to COVID concerns. This was long after we had advertised the event and had accepted registrations
from over 100 kids each of whom expected to receive a free fishing pole, some instruction on water safety and how to use their new tackle and an opportunity to catch a fish. After considerable discussion the City agreed that we could use the parking lot and hand out the rods on a drive through basis as long as there was no formal instruction. There was also an agreement that they kids could fish on their own in Long’s Pond which had recently been stocked with 2,000 trout by WDFW. We managed to get 110 rods in the hands of deserving kids and saw several manage to catch a fish.
9. On May 8, 2021, we participated in WDFW’s “Hand-Raised Trout to Home-Cooked Meal” live virtual event. This was a program that started in the hatchery and followed the development of the fish to being caught in a lake and subsequently eaten. Our participation was how to set up fishing gear to catch these newly planted lake trout. If you are interested the program is available on WDFW’s You Tube site.
As you can see there have been activities involving the club throughout the year. In every case we have tried to get advance notice out to everyone prior to the event with the exception of the last event (WDFW limited us to one participant due to COVID restrictions). We do have several events on the calendar during the summer months. It is our hope that the COVID restrictions will soon be done away with and we can return to our normal monthly meeting schedule.
UP COMING EVENTS
Surf Perch outing to Grayland. The plan is to leave the Mud Bay Park and Ride at 10:00 AM. More info will be forth coming
Happy thanksgiving everyone.
A couple of us are planning a fishing expedition to Mayfield Lake for trout on Black Friday (November 27). So far we have 2 boats committed and are looking for those without boats who would like to fish or those who want to join us with their boat. If you are interested please let me or Mike Silvers know by Thanksgiving day. You can reach me at email@example.com and Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details will be finalized and announced once we have an idea of the number people interested in this outing.
Allen Morrow, President
South South Chapter Puget Sound Anglers
AT THIS TIME WE WILL BE HAVING LIMITED OUTINGS. PLEASE STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY AND CHECK BACK LATER FOR ANY UPDATES TO OUR EVENTS. Thank you!
Who wants to go Razor Clam Digging?
We are digging Twin Harbors this Saturday. We will have a bon fire at our normal location behind Grayland Beach State Park. Instead of taking Cranberry Road to gain access to the beach we will be using Grayland Beach Road then turning South about 1 1/2 miles. Drive until you find fresh water running onto the beach. We will be parked there. Cranberry Road was a little soft last dig.
We will be leaving Mud Bay Park & Ride at 4:30 PM. Hot Dogs will be furnished. The Hot Dog sticks ate 3 1/2' long so we should be able to keep our distances.
I don't think I'll be fishing for Surf Perch this time. The surf is 3.5' and the wind is supposed to die down. If you do go fishing, don't go by yourself, make sure there is someone with you. Let me know if you are going and I will try to hook you up with someone else.
Let me know if you are coming and there will be hot dogs waiting for you. If you want to car pool from Mud Bay let me know. If nobody wants to car pool I will probably go down a little earlier.
I'll see you there.
Puget Sound Anglers South Sound Chapter
It's that time of year again. We will be setting the pond up at the Puyallup Fair next week and start fishing kids on Friday 8/30. The fair is open from 8/30 thru 9/22
We need more volunteers to help fish the kids.
Volunteers will each get 2 vendor tickets to the fair. One to get them free parking in the Silver Lot and get into the fair. The other ticket can be used anyway you want. The pond will be open from 12:00-6:00 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and on Monday the 2nd. There will be a lunch break from 2:30-3:30. All equipment furnished.
We are in a different location this year. We will be over in front of the Green Gate. Between Timber Gulch and Mutton Busters. We will be in a tent by ourselves. We have more visibility this year so we will probably be busier.
We need volunteers on the following days. Opening weekend is where we need the most help.
Friday 8/30 full
Saturday 8/31 need 5 volunteers
Sunday 9/1 need 7 volunteers
Monday 9/2 need 6 volunteers
Friday 9/6 need 6 volunteers
Saturday 9/7 need 6 volunteers
Sunday 9/8 need 2 volunteers
Friday 9/13 need 2 volunteers
Saturday 9/14 full
Sunday 9/15 full
Friday 9/20 need 4 volunteers
Saturday 9/21 need 6 volunteers
Sunday 9/22 need 5 volunteers
If you can help out on any of these day, let me know. Your help is appreciated.
We don't have a pond without volunteers.
If you can give us a hand, please contact Mike Silvers at 360 951-5160.
On Tuesday June 4th we will fish 70 Special Needs Kids from the Shelton School Districts. We can use your help.
We could use 3 more people on Monday June 3rd to help set up our pond fill it with water and set up the wheel chair ramp. Car pool will be leaving the Mud Bay Park and Ride at 3:00 pm.
If you can give us a hand, please contact Mike Silvers at 360 951-5160.
On Tuesday June 4th we helped the kids catch fish. USFW was be there teaching the kids how to cast.
The kids arrived by school buses at about 10:00am and left with their catch at 2:00pm. We will released the remaining fish into Mason Lake and packed up the pond. Subway furnished lunch.
The event address was
Green Diamond Employees rec area
1052 E Mason Lake Dr W
Grapeview WA 98546
Puget Sound Anglers South Sound Chapter
It is very important to have as many folks attending as possible as this might be your last time to comment on the Lake Washington Sockeye Fishery.
The Cedar River Council will host an important meeting on Tuesday, April 23. at 7 p.m. at the Renton Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center (1 South Grady Way) about the very popular Lake Washington sockeye fisheries.
Historically, the Cedar River sockeye run was produced by natural spawning. A temporary Cedar River hatchery that began operation in 1991 and that was replaced by a permanent hatchery constructed by Seattle Public Utilities in 2011.
No Lake Washington recreational sockeye fisheries have been allowed since 2006 when more than 50,000 sockeye were taken by sport anglers over an eighteen day season. That year the number of sockeye surging through the Ballard Locks exceeded 400,000. The 2019 run is forecast at only 15,000, the lowest forecast ever.
The public meeting will include presentations by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Seattle Public Utilities on the history of the Introduced sockeye run, fabulous periodic sport fishing from the early 1970s until 2006, and the likely reasons the run has collapsed.
The role of the sockeye hatchery will be covered as well as what might be done to restore the run to harvestable levels and the possibilities this could happen will be discussed.
Puget Sound Anglers and other organizations have worked hard over the years to secure recreational sockeye fisheries, and engaged as strong advocates for the permanent Cedar River sockeye hatchery.
Please forward this information to other members and friends.
Knot tying "class" will be at Mike Silver's on Friday, 22 June at 6:30 PM - see the Club Events page.