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Winter salmon fishing, derby news in the San Juans

By Kevin Klein
We had a great time fishing in the San Juans last weekend. There was very light pressure where we were, catching nice 6-12 lb hatchery fish, with a couple of bigger ones thrown in.
I’ve said it before, but I’m just not encountering many unclipped or undersized Salmon. But if you are at the right place, at the right time, who knows? The 3.5” Silver Horde Kingfisher Lite Spoons were the hot ticket for matching up with the herring these blackmouth are feeding on. That’s all I know.
Next up for us is the Roche Harbor Salmon Classic, February 6th and 7th.  The big prize is $10,000 for 1st, and all the fun you can stand. A big shout-out to Roche Harbor and Salmon for Soldiers for matching up some great local boats with returning veterans. Our team will be trying to repeat our win and defend our title from last year’s top placing. But win or lose, it will be humbling to be in the presence of service people who have put so much on the line for us.
For those who haven’t heard, the 2015 Anacortes Salmon Derby is cancelled, due to uncertainty on the continuation of the Winter Chinook season in Area 7. That’s a real shame. This event was the epitome of First Class and gave so much back to the community in revenue and scholarships.
Hopefully, improvements can be made at this year’s North of Falcon Season setting process, to improve conditions for all. One way to get involved is to join a sport fishing advocacy group.
The next meeting of Puget Sound Angler’s Fidalgo-San Juan Island’s Chapter is Tuesday, February 17th, 6:30 p.m. at Village Pizza in Anacortes. PSA President Ron Garner will be the speaker.  I’m betting he can shed light on issues related to this topic.
1.       thegang21Our friends Spud and Kathy came out to Friday Harbor for what may be one of the last shots at San Juan’s Blackmouth for the season. The fishing was pretty darn good, the weather was awesome and the Seahawk’s could’ve put an even bigger grin on all our faces with a win. Or, should I say, with a hand off. You’ve got to feel bad for those players who fought through adversity and injury all year. Tough loss.
2.       jimmie212Jim Lawson caught this 16lb Chinook fishing out of Friday Harbor. He’ll be looking for one a bit bigger next weekend for the Roche.
3.       erol21Erol Turanciol got on some nice hatchery Blackmouth last week. There are going to be a lot of those swimming around this Spring.
4.      sunrise A small lone fishing boat runs out of a promising sunrise toward the M/V Henry Island Barge. There are no lack of beautiful things to see in the San Juan Islands, and that, my friends, may be the understatement of the year. Not seeing little sporty boats, the whole family aboard, looking for a couple fish for dinner…now that would be a tough loss.