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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 26, 2011 at 8:00 AM

San Juan Islands chinook fishery going out with a bang of big fish

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The San Juan Islands continue to generate some decent hatchery chinook salmon fishing heading into the final days before it closes.

The last day for salmon fishing in the San Juan Islands (Marine Catch Area 7) is Saturday, April 30.

“There are some larger fish around, and maybe a few springers, so this would be a good time to get the last whack at a salmon until fishing re-opens July 1,” said Kevin Klein of Friday Harbor, and member of Puget Sound Anglers San Juan Island Chapter and CCA Northsound.

“After working over on Lopez Island (April 21), I wet a line on my commute home,” Kline said. “After about 15 minutes of trolling, my rod was bent over and yanking down hard. After a great fight, I scooped the net around what would be my largest clipped fish of the year (just under 20 pounds).”

(Photo provided by Kevin Klein)

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