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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Reel Time trivia winner hails from Ephrata

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Congratulations to Marc Petersen of Ephrata who is this week’s Reel Time Trivia winner.

The trivia question of the week was:

This huge river that feeds into a major habor on the southcentral coast is so close to many metropolitan areas, and offers a great access to both boat and bank anglers.

It has a variety of migrating salmon, but it’s king fishery that can go well into the winter time is by far the biggest draw for fish that can exceed 45-plus pounds. At some points of the salmon season you can catch a king, coho and chum on a single trip. In fact the huge schools of chum can be a nuisance while trying to get into the coho and kings.

Many other nearby rivers get a lot of attention for their winter steelhead runs, and this one often gets overlooked and is a great producer. The headwaters of this river start on the southwest side of the Olympic National Forest fairly close the Quinault Indian Reservation.

The correct answer Petersen gave was Humptulips River.

“My grandfather introduced me to trout fishing around the Spokane area, fishing lakes like Silver and West Medical by the age of three,” Petersen said. “I spent many hours as a teen fishing for steelhead in the Columbia River near Wanapum Dam, Vernita, and Ringold.”

As a young adult, my grandfather, who was born in Humptulips, introduced me to the Queets, Quinault, Humptulips, Satsop, and North River where I enjoyed fishing with him until he could no longer make the trips,” he said.

“My love of fish lead me to a career as a fish biologist in Washington working specifically with warmwater fish species,” Petersen said.

Petersen wins a nice outdoors prize.

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, Oct. 1. Winners are announced the following Friday.

Here are our rules for The Seattle Times contest.

(Photo courtesy of Marc Petersen)

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