Scene in Edmonds: Fishy finds

Spotted ratfish (Photos by Julia Wiese)

While on a walk along the Edmonds waterfront Sunday afternoon, photographer Julia Wiese happened upon a fisherman who had just reeled in a spotted ratfish. “Ratfish are typically found at lower depths in the eastern Pacific waters but do go into shallower waters in the spring, ” she noted. “Fun facts: They get their name from their rat-like tail and they are distantly related to sharks and rays.”

More information on the ratfish can be found at this link.
Blackmouth salmon

This ratfish was sent back to the sea, but Wiese said that just as the fisherman tossed it back, “I heard a shout as another fish was being reeled in at the other end of the fishing pier. Someone had hooked a blackmouth salmon (juvenile king salmon). Unlike the ratfish, this blackmouth was a keeper, measuring 23 inches.”

6 Replies to “Scene in Edmonds: Fishy finds”

  1. Is salmon season open in Edmonds Area #9? Fishing from Edmonds public fishing pier? Our Area #7 doesn’t open until July 1st.


  2. Catching and landing a Chinook salmon from a fishing pier requires a good deal more luck and skill than doing the same from a modern sport fishing boat with sonar, down rigger reels, and the ability to go where the fish usually are. That is part of the rationale for a year round fishery being allowed from the various piers on the Salish Sea. The fish pictured is a nice hatchery Chinook (Blackmouth, immature Chinook) identified by not having an adipose fin which was removed at the hatchery before release. The number of wild fish actually killed in this pier fishery is probably almost zero to totally insignificant in terms of protection of an endangered species.


  3. Yes, that is why I asked if it was Pier caught. Just checking 🙂 Also the salmon we will be allowed to catch in Area #7 will need to be 22”. I do read the regulations.


  4. The 22″ limit applies to Chinook only and retention of only one hatchery Chinook allowed per angler per day. Other salmon species have no size limit, but all wild Chinook and CoHo must be released. One must know how to identify the various species and whether or not they are wild fish. Wild fish (those with adipose fins present) are supposed to be released without being netted or brought into the boat if at all possible. Holding wild fish in hand for pictures before release is a fineable offense if observed by game officers. Another fineable offense,if observed, is mutilating or killing dogfish sharks or other fish deemed undesirable or a nuisance catch for some reason. It pays to know and follow the rules. The game cops take their job seriously.


  5. Yes, I used to weigh fish at the Roche Harbor Fishing tournaments but it’s been awhile.


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