Gone fishing … | Port View

By Bob McChesney | Sep 16, 2017

The Port of Edmonds has a long tradition of serving local fishers. Our marina is located near multiple marine areas and provides the perfect launch pad for recreational fishing.

Marine Area 9 includes Edmonds and extends west through the Admiralty Inlet. This area is easily accessed by boat and includes both open and protected waters with salmon and bottomfish. Marine Area 10 is located just south of the Port of Edmonds and provides an abundant supply of bottomfish as well as resident and migratory salmon.

To the north of Edmonds sits Marine Area 8-2, an ideal setting for small boats to catch salmon migrations and search for local bottomfish.

Each marine area has different regulations and calendars for salmon, fish and crab. Every year, Washington state fishery managers gather during what is known as the North of Falcon Process to plan the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fish openings.

While these openings are planned well in advance, each marine area is susceptible to evolving regulations, enforcements and closures. It is imperative to follow these regulations because they protect the fish and wildlife ecosystems and contribute toward sustainable fishing practices.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website is the best resource for the latest regulatory information.

We do our best to keep our customers up-to-date on current fishing regulations. Our marina staff can answer your fishing and wildlife questions. We also include a local marine area fishing report in our monthly newsletter and share important regulations on our website.

A slow fishing season can have a big effect on our marina.

Not only does the Edmonds Coho Fishing Derby get cancelled – as it did this year – but our dry storage occupancy rates tend to drop as well.

Conversely, fish and crab openings are exciting days at the Port. I love watching our operations team expertly launch boat after boat after boat. While our boat-launch team in incredibly efficient, a great way to beat the crowds during a fish opening is to launch your boat the evening before.

Not only will you have an enjoyable night’s stay in our guest moorage, but you can be off fishing early the next morning, well before the sun rises.

 

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