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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Plenty of chinook fishing action happening in Strait of Juan de Fuca and San Juan Islands

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Kevin Klein, a member of the Friday Harbor PSA Chapter fished with George Harris, president of the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) fished last Saturday at Salmon Bank, and caught this nice 11 pound hatchery chinook.

The NMTA’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series next stop is the Anacortes Salmon Derby this weekend. Come say hi to Harris who’ll be out there fishing, and check out the 21-foot Riverhawk prize boat on display.

The boat is part of the derby series and will be given away during a drawing at the Everett Coho Derby. For more information visit the Northwest Salmon Derby website.

In other fishing reports, Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the NMTA fished last Friday at Freshwater Bay, and had what he said will “go down as one of my top-10 blackmouth days.”

Floor and his partner Mike Schmidt caught nine chinook, all 8 to 12 pounds, and kept two chinook that weighed about 10 pounds all in under two hours of fishing.

“It was fantastic and the herring in the fishes stomachs had 5 1/2 to 6 inch herring,” Floor said. “There was a lot happening on the (fishfinder) screen, and they were eating like crazy.”

Floor then headed out with Congressman Norm Dicks and Larry Carpenter, owner of Master Marine in Mount Vernon on Saturday.

They got blown off Middle Bank on after just one drift, went up to fish Spring Pass with no luck, and then dropped back down to Salmon Bank and released one wild 10 pound chinook and two halibut up to 30 pounds.

“Salmon Bank was the place to be, and is the best place to be in the Islands right now,” Floor said. “There are some fish around Thatcher Pass, and a ton of bait there.

(Photo courtesy of Kevin Klein)

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