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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Reel Time Trivia winner hails from Bellingham

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Congratulations to Elliott Smith of Bellingham who is this week’s Reel Time Trivia winner.

The trivia question of the week was:

Much of this area’s fishing occurs not directly in the river itself, but in a huge backwater area at the mouth with a peculiar name, and is located above Bonneville Dam.

It offers outstanding spring chinook fishing, and by mid-April is filled with boats of all shapes and sizes. Spring chinook anglers also troll in a particular pattern circling about looking for fish. This area also offers productive summer steelhead fishing.

The correct answer was Drano Lake.

“I got started fishing young,” Smith said. “My grandfather built a fishing cabin in the San Juan Islands, and I was practically born with an outboard tiller and a fishing rod in my hand. My mom and dad taught me how to put a herring on a mooching rig, and how to fight a snag at an early age.”

“I spend as much time as possible fishing in Marine Area 7,” he said. “My favorite fishery is Dungeness crab! I’d say a close second is lingcod. I love to take vacations centered around fishing. Most recently, I went to Maine with friends and caught too many mackerel to count. Before that, I had my first experience catching salmon in Alaska.”

“The most recent addition to my arsenal of fishing equipment is a clam gun, a short while ago I had my first experience digging razor clams at Twin Harbors in Pacific County and loved it,” Smith said. “Right now, I’m learning how to go after flounder in the eelgrass reefs just South of Bellingham Bay. The next thing on my “fishing bucket list” is to try my hand at wintertime ice fishing on a frozen lake in Eastern Washington.”

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, July 30. Winners are announced the following Friday. Winners must respond to notification via email by Thursday to be eligible for the prize.

Here are our rules for The Seattle Times contest.

(Photo courtesy of Elliott Smith)

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