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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 31, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Anacortes Salmon Derby leading fish after first day is a 21-plus pound hatchery chinook

The first day of the Anacortes Salmon Derby in the San Juan Islands ended up being a rather productive one.

George Harris, president of the Northwest Marine Trade Association in Seattle who also host the Northwest Salmon Derby Series says 168 fish were weighed-in by the end of Saturday.

The leading fish is a 21.72-pound hatchery chinook caught by Ted Radke. Second place weighs 21.4 pounds, and third place is a 20.56-pound fish.

“There was a lot of fish weighed in during the last hour of the derby, and the weather conditions were calm and ideal,” Harris said. “People were bringing in fish right to the very end. There was a long line of people getting weighed in and it went from 45 fish at 5 p.m. to 168 when they were all done.”

“We’ll see what tomorrow brings, but the weather doesn’t look good,” Harris said.

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