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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Reel Time trivia winner hails from Washougal

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Congratulations to James Thompson of Washougal who is this week’s Reel Time Trivia winner.

The trivia question of the week was:

This is a place where a marker defines the outermost point where anglers fishing just inside the great Pacific Ocean congregate by the thousands in August and September in search of big chinook and coho as they stage before heading up this mighty river.

One of the most popular spots to fish this area are located just above and below a long spanning bridge. It is a shallow water fishery and when these salmon hit your bait or lure they literally “slam it,” and take off into the horizon.

There is a church on the northern shoreline that defines one of the trolling spots. You also need to be careful when crossing certain points of the river during low tide as you could find yourself sitting on a sandbar. A westerly wind and an outgoing tide could make this place rather dicey for some small boats, but many will take chance to hook into a big fall king salmon or a brawny jumpy coho.

The correct answer Thompson gave was Buoy 10 at the Columbia River mouth.

“I started fishing with my brother Bob through our dad in the Fort Lewis Area,” Thompson said. “We’ve lived and fished in the Northwest for over 40 years. We started fishing off the pier at Steilacoom back in the day for surf perch and catching rock cod off the south end of Anderson Island.”

“I primarily fish for salmon and steelhead on the local rivers from the Cowlitz to the Naselle and all rivers and streams in between. I live right above the Washougal and fish it often for kings and steelies. We go up to Fair Harbour, British Columbia a week at a time in late July to fish for beautiful halibut and kings off the salmon highway.”

Thompson is getting excited for the springer run this year plans to fish on the Willamette, the Columbia and Wind River.

Thompson wins a nice outdoor book.

This will be an ongoing weekly trivia contest where the winner who answers the question first will receive an outdoor prize that will range from books, Berkley bait, lures and other nifty items from the outdoors gunnysack.

The next trivia question will posted on Monday, March 12. Winners are announced the following Friday.

Here are our rules for The Seattle Times contest.

(Photo courtesy of James Thompson with a big chinook caught at barrier dam on the Cowlitz River)

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