• October 19, 2020

    2021 Big Fish Contest

    Entry Deadline is October 19, 2020
     Chinook, Coho, Halibut, Lingcod, and Albacore Tuna Divisions
    Adult and Kids Divisions


    70.50 lbs - Chet Gausta - Sekiu - September 6, 1964
    Chet Gausta shows off his big fish in front of Ralph's Shop-Rite in Poulsbo, as a young boy looks on in wonder. Poulsbo Historical Society has tried without success to identify the boy.
    *Photo courtesy of Poulsbo Historical Society/Nesby


     · Catch a big fish in Washington State or Surrounding waters!

     · You must be a current PSA Sno-King member to enter this contest and must have a current paid membership at the time of catching the fish.

     · For the Kids Division, the child must be 15 or under at the time the fish is caught. All the same rules apply as the Adult Division.

     · Fish must caught by hook and line angling only, in accordance with current WDFW fishing regulations.

     · The fish must be hooked, fought and landed by a PSA Sno-King member (except netting, harpooning or gaffing). The member may have help fighting the fish only by another PSA Sno-King member in which case both members names will be placed on the plaque as co-winners. The Club will provide only one plaque. Additional plaques will have to be paid for by participants and will have to be requested at time of submission.

     · If fishing outside of Washington State, you must launch and land your boat on the same day at a Washington State boat launch and you must follow the regulations for that particular jurisdiction.

     · Fish not caught legally will be disqualified.

     · The fish must be one of the species listed below.

     · You may place in more than one division, but not place more than once in each division.
    You may upgrade your fish in each division.

     · The decisions of legality, length, and weight will be final and binding and determined by the PSA Sno-King Board of Directors. If a board member is entered in any of the divisions top 3 fish they will not be allowed to influence any decision regarding legality if a dispute arises in that particular division.

    For entries, please read the following:

    SALMON (length and girth)

    Provide pictures showing a tape measurement of overall length and girth on chinook or coho salmon. Length should me measured from tip of the mouth to the tip of the tail and the numbers on the tape must be readable. Girth should be measured by circling the tape snugly around the salmons mid-section just in front of the dorsal fin with the numbers on the tape readable at the intersect point on the tape. The fish must be laying flat on the deck when measuring! If the fish is hanging it may be disqualified.

    These measurements will be used to estimate and verify the fish weight. Please also provide an accurate weight. All Salmon will be calculated at the weight based on the length/girth calculator on Piscatorial Pursuits. This calculation is not always accurate but all salmon will be weighed using this method for 2018. Your actual scale weight may differ from these results!

    Here is the link to the PP calculator:

    Examples of pictures for submittal:

    Length - the tape must be readable.

    Girth - the tape must be readable.


    HALIBUT and LINGCOD (length only)

    Provide a picture of the overall length from tip of the mouth to the tip of the tail on halibut and lingcod. The fish must be laying flat on the deck when measuring and the tape must be readable! If the fish is hanging it may be disqualified.

    Please provide an accurate weight if possible. Halibut and lingcod will be rated by a length measurement chart to determine weight. Weight charts are on the contest home page.

    Examples of pictures for submittal:

    Halibut - the tape must be readable.

    Lingcod - the tape must be readable.


    ALBACORE TUNA (length)

    Provide a picture of the overall length from tip of the mouth to the FORK (center) of the tail on albacore tuna. The fish must be laying flat on the deck when measuring and the tape must be readable! If the fish is hanging it may be disqualified.

    Please provide an accurate weight if possible. Albacore Tuna will be rated by a length measurement chart to determine weight. The weight chart is viewable on the contest home page.

    Example of picture for submittal:

    Albacore - to the FORK in the tail - the tape must be readable.

    Other notes:

    We will need a photo in .jpeg format showing the fisherman holding the fish to place on the award plaques. Take lots of pictures - portrait or landscape both work fine on a plaque.

    Please email all pictures to Mitch Rice and/or Ron Garner at the following

     mitchrice99@gmail.com and/or rgarner755@aol.com

    Plaques will be for the 3 biggest fish in each division. A certificate, suitable for framing, will be provided for places 4 - 10.


  • Mission Statement


        We are the Puget Sound Anglers.  We are dedicated to preserving quality fisheries.  We believe in the de-commercialization of Steelhead.  We believe that our salmon resources can be restored with sound biological management.  We believe in the comradeship and wishes of fellow sport fishing anglers.  We believe our grandchildren can have a higher quality fishery than any of us ever had.


        In 1985 a small group of sport fishing anglers became unhappy with the organizations to which they belonged.  Although they enjoyed the friendship and knowledge of persons with the same fishing interests, they were fed up with the state and national leadership using the members as rungs on their own political ladders.  They were tired of their dues going to pay for salaries on the national level and for enhancements thousands of mile away.  They were tired of being refused the right to give input on legislative issues that involved their fisheries.  It was time for a change and thus spawned Puget Sound Anglers.


        The Puget Sound Anglers  us an organization of independent chapters, with common goals and interests, bound only by integrity and fellowship, with the goal of preserving, protecting and enhancing the sport fisheries of Washington State.
        The general outline of the organization is for each chapter to remain an independent nature.  The State Board was formed with members from each of the chapters and is responsible to those chapters.  The State Board is to assist in forming new chapters and promote membership.  In addition, it is to help communications among the chapters regarding fund raising and projects of interest to all.


        There are now 17 Puget Sound Chapters throughout western Washington.  This is the fastest growing sport fishing organization in the state.   Members have been involved in stream enhancements, raising salmon, educational forums, state legislation, fishing for children and even assisting developmentally disabled persons catch their first fish.  We are now being quoted in newspapers, and interviewed by radio and television reporters.  Media response to Puget Sound Anglers has been overwhelming, and the organization is rapidly becoming known as the "Voice of Washington's Sport Anglers".


        In addition to the previously mentioned projects, all members have a chance to learn more about fishing, go on organized outings, take part in projects and build life-long friendships. 
        Each chapter has a monthly general meeting at which fish stories are discussed, guest speakers are provided and there are even raffles to give you a chance to add to your tackle box.  The membership outing may have you fishing in your back door, south of the Mexican border or north towards Alaska.  All paid members will receive a monthly copy of The Reel News.  This newspaper is the communication vehicle for all serious sport anglers in the state.  It provides you with the chapter information, educational fishing information, new products, recipes and information that is vital to your sport.


        We invite non-members and guests to attend our general meetings.  We highly encourage all family members to join us at any of our meetings, outings and other happenings.  We even welcome members of those "other clubs" to attend one of our meetings and maybe, just maybe, they will want to add their names and support to the independent organization of The Puget Sound Anglers.