Inside this issue
  CCA Members View Automatic Smolt Fin Clipping and Tagging  
This month members of the SeaTac Chapter visited the Soos Creek Hatchery where they toured the “AutoFish SCT6 System”, automated equipment that sorts salmon and steelhead smolts into six different  length groups, clips their adipose fins, and tags their snouts with a Coded Wire Tag. 
This equipment can handle over 60,000 fish in eight hours with one skilled operator and an assistant.  Northwest Marine Technology, Inc., builds this equipment inside of large RV-type trailers which can be moved from one hatchery to another.

Thanks to Dave Knutzen for arranging this tour.
Pictures of the equipment inside these trailers and more information about the AutoFish System can be viewed on the NMT website at:


  Additional Mark Selective Fisheries  
Good news for recreational fisherman in Marine Area Six as the blackmouth season has doubled. The season will start on December 1st and end April 10th. The old season began on February 16th  and ended April 10th. How is this possible? The entire fishery is now mark selective. Even with the doubling of length of the season, WDFW estimates fewer wild origin Chinook will be harvested.  This is a win for conservation and fisherman. CCA members Joe Cammack and Dave Croonquist helped promote this extended recreational fishery. Joe was particularly pleased because he “could now take his kids fishing and crabbing during their Christmas break."


  Cowlitz Summer Steelhead Study  
“A $140,000 grant will pay to study the recycling of summer steelhead in the lower Cowlitz River this year with an eye toward improving angling in the popular stream.

The Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement Advisory Board approved the grant in February. The money comes from the $8.25 fee paid by anglers who fish the Columbia and its tributaries.”
So begins a May 17th news article in The Columbian.  The entire article can be read HERE. 
The membership of that Advisory Board includes several CCA leaders who ensure these funds are used wisely and to benefit recreational fisheries.


  Ed Fedder Promotes CCA At Salt Patrol Seminar  
On 28 April Ed Fedder (SeaTac Chapter) set up a CCA Recruitment & Informational booth at the "South Sound Summer Chinook" seminar put on by Salt Patrol's Capt. John Keizer. It was an all day program on how to fish for summer chinook in south Puget Sound. It was sponsored by Metro Parks Tacoma and held at the Tacoma Outboard Association meeting hall. Approximately 50 recreational fisherman attended. Capt. Keizer was very supportive of CCA and stated that CCA was helping recreational anglers get more fishing opportunity and helping rebuild our salmon and steelhead stocks.



  CCA WA and Cabelas Partner Up  
CCA Membership Committee personnel met with Arlen Veleke, retail events coordinator for Cabelas Lacey store.  Arlen offered ways Cabelas could strengthen the CCA-Cabelas partnership by offering donations or discounts to CCA WA for banquets, raffles, or derbies.  Arlen explained the radius that each store (Lacey and Tulalip) would be able to support. 
And to help promote CCA membership:
At the meeting, Arlen donated thirty $10 gift cards to CCA to be used as incentives to entice new membership, in effect reducing the net cost of those memberships.

For more information about chapter eligibility (radius from the stores), about submitting donation requests, about buying items at a discount, or about receiving Cabelas coupons, please contact either:
Ed Fedder at    253-508-0302   or
Dale Scott at    360-520-4617   or



May 22, 2012
Meeting Dates and Deadlines

WDFW Commission Meetings

 June 1-2, 2012; Olympia
August 3-4, 2012; Olympia

Agenda and Updates here

Banquet Dates

 North Olympic Peninsula
 Friday, June 08, 2012
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