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There will not be a November meeting. In fact, it appears that we will be unable to have any meetings until sometime next year unless there is a dramatic change in the Covid-19 pandemic. That means that there probably will not be a Christmas banquet this year. We are trying to find ways to allow us to get together that comply with the rules. One such event was on October 17 when eleven members had a great day digging clams and enjoying a wienie roast. We hope to have other outings in the near future. Tentative outings and dates are:
1. The third annual bobber dogging outing for chum salmon in early November.
2. Clam digs in November and December.
3. An outing to Mayfield Lake for Trout and Tiger Muskies in November.
4. A second annual crab outing to the Willipa in December.
More specific information regarding these events with dates and times will be sent out shortly. If you have suggestions for additional outings, please let me or any board member know. On a more serious side there are a number of issues on the horizon that threaten recreational fishing as we know it today. Issues like the Orca problem in the Salish Sea, gill nets in the main stream Columbia River and Willapa Bay, the Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan, predation by seals, sea lions and birds continue to threaten the future of recreational fishing in our state. It is essential that we all monitor proposed action by WDFW, to insure that recreational opportunities aren’t lost as decisions are made. You have been and will continue to
receive messages from PSA, CCA and other interest groups encouraging you to attend meetings with WDFW or to at least send your comments regarding the proposals to the interested parties. So when you receive an email asking for your support please don’t ignore it. Rather you need to make your position known to the powers that be. Remember that the more noise we make the more likely our position will be considered. I hope this message finds everyone safe and free from Covid-19. If you are and have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoor activities available this time of the year please share your experience with the rest of us. You can forward pictures and reports firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see that they are shared with everyone. If you are fishing be safe and have a good day on the water.
THERE WILL BE NO OCTOBER MEETING
The COVID 19 prohibition on large gatherings continues to keep us from having a general meeting. Hopefully, this will change in the near future. In the interim, the Board is trying to find ways to get us together and still comply with the rules. For example, we are planning surf perch/clam dig outings on Saturday October 17, Saturday November 14 Saturday December 12 and Thursday December 31. The specific location and time for these outings will be sent out shortly before each event. Other potential events are a joint trip to Mayfield Lake for trout and maybe tiger muskies in early October, a crab outing to Willipa Bay in December and our annual Bobber Dogging outing for chum salmon in early November. We need your help in identifying ew opportunities. If you have any ideas please let me at email@example.com or Mike Silvers at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 9.10#. John Ignac has served as derby chair the last three years and says it is time for someone else to assume the duty. If you are interested in assuming this role please let me know at email@example.com . John promises to help the new chair for the first year. The lack of a meeting doesn’t mean that there aren’t opportunities to learn new things. For example, Forrest Gill has sent out several links to sites offering suggestions for new ways to fish. Another good source of information is LeeRoys Ramblings (www.leeroysramblings.com). There is a wealth of information about many subjects on this web site from fishing and hunting to boat and motor maintenance.
I hope you all remain healthy and am looking forward to seeing everyone soon. If you are fishing “good luck” and be safe.
SEPTEMBER WILL PROBABLY BE ANOTHER MONTH WITH NO MEETING
Efforts to contain the COVID 19 crisis continue to bar our ability to have a general meeting. The rules as I am writing this message bar any meeting of ten or more persons and the news that I hear do not suggest a change before our scheduled September third meeting date. In an attempt to provide opportunities for us to meet the Board has scheduled several outings in recent months. In July we had a rockfish/crab outing to Westport. 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.
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. The other event is August will be our annual Club Member and Guest Derby. This event will occur in late August after the deadline for this message in the Reel News. With the understanding that outings where we can have social distancing are our only way to get together these days, the Board is considering scheduling more events in the next several months. Please let me or any boards member know if you have any ideas for an outing. I hope everyone stays safe and look forward to a return to normalcy in the very near future.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to have our scheduled August meeting. The current rules limiting activities to groups of 10 people or less and Lacey’s decision to close the picnic area make it impossible for us to get together. It is my hope that conditions will change soon and we can get back to our monthly meetings.
I want to thank everyone who contributed items for our very successful garage sale. I also want to thank and acknowledge those who donated not only items but also their time and energy to this endeavor. First and foremost Mike Silvers for organizing the sale and providing the location and Dee Glenn for agreeing to handle the money. Others who participated are Darwin Kumm, Steve Andrews, Jay and Eli Evans, Jim Wood, Bill Leuschen, Jason and Tracy Anderson, Bob Jamison, Dave Reynolds, Jerry Williams, Martin Chen, Dan Cloverdale and Alice Beals. Hopefully, I haven’t missed any one.
The Member and Guest Salmon Derby on August 22 is a definite go. If you have already purchased your ticket I hope to see you on the water that day. If not, they are available from Dee Glenn (360-491-0431), Allen Morrow (360-515-1482), or John Ignac, (360-581-8904). The word I have is that fishing in the local area has been good so lets get out there and catch some.
Allen Morrow, President
South Sound Chapter Puget Sound Anglers
WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE AN AUGUST MEETING (Cancelled)
Thurston County has now entered Phase 3 of the COVID 19 recovery. Originally that meant that groups of up to 50 people were permitted with some restrictive precautions. In light of those requirements, we planned to meet outdoors at Long’s Pond Picnic Area 1 on August 6 at 7:00 PM. Unfortunately, the Governor has just issued a revised order limiting gatherings in phase 3 counties to 10 or fewer people. Hopefully, this restriction will be lifted before August 6 and we will be able to have our first meeting since March. The next planned event is our annual Members and Guests Fishing Derby on Saturday August 22 from sun-up to 3:00 PM. The derby is limited to Marine Area 13. Prizes are higher this year. $400 – 1st;
$200 – 2nd; $100 – 3rd; $75 – Mystery Fish.
Any legal salmon can be entered. Tickets are $30 each ($5 goes to pancreatic cancer research) and will be available at the August meeting, if it happens. We must sell at least 30 tickets by August 19th have a Derby. You can purchase tickets by contacting John Ignac (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dee Glenn (deeglen2@comcast .net) or me (email@example.com). This is our third annual derby and the winning fish in each of the previous years has been entered by Paula Corcoran (who has already bought her ticket for this year) and Valentina Maughan respectively. Do you see a pattern here?
Guys, we all need to step up and play our “A” game to stop this trend.
At its June meeting the WDFW Commission released the latest draft language of a policy that would reverse the 2013 Oregon-Washington gill net reforms in favor of a year-round return of non-selective gillnets to the lower Columbia River. The
Commission has released the draft policy and is asking for your input. Anyone who cares about the future of our fisheries understands that subjecting imperiled salmon and steelhead to non-selective gill netting is a really bad idea. The Commission plans to act on this proposal at its August meeting. If you agree that this is a terrible idea comments can be sent to the Commission at Commission@dfw.wa.gov and the Governor’s office at
I will keep you posted regarding the possibility of a meeting on August 6. If it happens, there will be a $50.00 prize if you are there and your name is drawn from the hat. Jim Word was at the March meeting and went home $150.00 richer.
Allen Morrow, President
South Sound 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
As you can see from some of the pictures on the first page, some members have had good success chasing kings, silvers and halibut. WDFW has opened up several clam dig dates. Check their website for more details.
Our annual bragging rights derby in August, had only two fish turned in for weighing. Better luck next year!! It was a beautiful day to be on the sound fishing!
Other things in the works include the Skookumchuk river clean up and possibly bobber doggin' for chum. Stay tuned for more information.
On JULY 11 we will have a rock fish and crabbing outing in Westport. Members will leave the Mud Bay park and ride at 9:45 and caravan down. Members need to let Mike (360-951-5160) or Allen know if they are going so they can have adequate boats for everyone.
Clam Dig Saturday, February 22. At Twin Harbors Beach, Grayland, Wa. If you want to caravan down, please meet at the Mud Bay Park & Ride by 2:30 PM.
Our Bobber Doggin' trip(s) were a success, for some!
Went fishing for Chum's in Little Skookum Inlet on Saturday. Four of our boats took 8 Gi's out. Only 2 Chum's to the net. But everybody seemed to have fun. My boat had 2 on but didn't get any to the net.
Went back on Sunday with 2 more GI's. We put 6 in the net by 12:30. 1 set of doubles. FYI - It is hard to net 2 chum with 1 person that had never caught a salmon before, 1 person that never fished before, two salmon swimming in opposite directions and one of those wrapped up in the stringer with 2 salmon on it. Was very interesting for awhile. Sunday the concentration of fish seemed to disappear about 1:30.
Bobber Doggin’ November 9, 2019
Our plans for a bobber dogging outing for single soldiers at JBLM are coming together. The plan is to take single soldiers from JBLM on a chum fishing outing. We have made contact with an organization called Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) at JBLM and they are excited about this opportunity for their members. The plan is to meet at Swantown Marina with our boats at 10:00 AM on the morning of Saturday November 9 go to Mill Creek in Hammersley Inlet or Little Skookum in Totten Inlet (depending on the where the chum are to be found) returning to Swantown around 4:00 PM. We are planning on taking 2 soldiers per boat so the more boats we have the more we can take out. The plan is for us to provide all the fishing gear and for the soldiers to have a license, appropriate clothing and something to eat and drink.
If you are interested and want more information please let me know as soon as possible so I can let the folks at BOSS know how many we can accommodate. When you do respond it will be helpful if you could let me know how many people you can take on your boat. Contact info is firstname.lastname@example.org
PSA SSC will have a clam dig at Twin Harbors Beach on October 25th. If you do not know where this is, we will leave the Mud Bay Park and Ride at 1 PM to caravan out to the site. Or you can find us on the beach between Grayland Beach Road and Cranberry Beach Road. Low tide is about 6 PM with a surf perch fishing oppotunity before the dig commences.
We had our annual kid's fish-in last Saturday, April 13, 2019. Rain in the morning and wind in the afternoon but the kid's and the volunteers stuck it out. A good time was had by all.
35 volunteers helped 454 kids fish on 2,000 Rainbow Trout. A couple of big carp thrown into the middle of the event brought smiles all around. I went back to Long's Pond on Sunday and a young lady was there fishing and had to show me a picture of the big Carp that she had caught at the event. She said that it tried to pull her in.
It was another successful PSA event
Thanks everybody for all of your time and effort in helping these kids fish.
See you next time.
Come join for a "bobber dog-in" event on November 10. We will be out on the Puget Sound chasing Chum Salmon. Contact Mike Silvers at Mike Silvers [email@example.com] to see if we have an open seat for you or to find out details about the outing. Hope to see you there! (See pictures below)
On October 13 members participated in a clam dig/surf perch fishing/bon fire event at Rooseveldt Beach. All got limits of razor clams 5 surf perch were caught by one member. Good time had by all!
At the Puyallup Fair, the Master Hunters out did themselves this year. Master Hunters volunteered for 13 days with 57 shifts and a total of 396 volunteer hours to help 4,355 kids catch fish at the Puyallup Fair. Because of the volunteers we fished 315 more kids this year than we did last year and did it with less fish.
Thanks for all the help!
On July 14th, Cub Scout Pack 462 had a ball catching Rainbow trout. After the scouts each caught two it was open to their siblings. The fish cooperated, sort of. All caught fish. The South Sound chapter of Puget Sound Anglers volunteers had a ball and a fabulous lunch provided by the Pack. Pack 462 is JBLM based. They have 62 cub scouts! A wonderful program and pleased we could help. Thank you Mike Silvers Mike Servey, Dennis Knutz, Kevin Fast, and John Ignac for your time.
Thanks to all the volunteers, the May 30, 2018 Kid's Fish-in at Mason Lake was a great success. You made some lasting memories for many a kid and I heard a lot of "Thank You's" from the parents.
We had at least 80 kids catch fish. Some kids (with teacher permission) took the fish back to the school to be grilled and eaten! Happy fishers at Mason Lake (Shelton, Wa) Kids Fish-In. See pictures below and Click here to watch some of the fun!
Our South Sound Chapter of PSA received a $5,000 grant from Cabela's in Lacey Wa, on May 26, 2018, for us to give kids rods and reels.
MEDIA ALERT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
June 1, 2018
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s to donate 50,000 rods and reels in nationwide effort to get kids outside this summer
Gone Fishing movement kicks off with National Donation Day at Cabela’s in LACEY, WA
WHAT: Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is challenging families to put down their digital devices and get outside to discover the joys of fishing. To kick off Gone Fishing, the nationwide movement that gets kids and families connected to nature each summer, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are donating 50,000 rods and reels to nonprofit organizations that help kids from all backgrounds connect to the great outdoors.
Media are invited to Cabela’s in Lacey, Washington on Thursday, June 7 for a special ceremony featuring Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) receiving the donations, The WDFW helps get kids outside with programs like “Fish Washington, Kid Fish Events”, receiving this donation of rods and reels will help increase the number of kids that participate in events throughout the year.
During the family-friendly Gone Fishing events taking place over the next two weekends (June 9-10 and 16-17), kids of all ages are invited to catch their first fish with free catch-and-release ponds, take home a “First Fish” certificate and beginner’s guides, and participate in free seminars, free crafts and free photo downloads.
The effort is part of the company’s mission to inspire future generations to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors. In the past five years, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have donated more than 300,000 items to youth-focused nonprofit organizations across North America.
WHEN: Thursday, June 7, 2018, 4 P.m.
WHO: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Insert name(s) of local nonprofit representatives attending the event)
MEDIA CONTACT: Tracy Hatton
Cabela’s – Lacey, WA
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.