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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 2, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Olson’s Resort at Sekiu celebrates its 80th anniversary this week

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(Photo courtesy of Olson’s Resort)

This is a big week for Olson’s Resort at Sekiu where they are celebrating their 80th anniversary with a Salmon Fishing Derby on Saturday, July 6.

The largest chinook is worth $4,000; second is $1,300; and third is $500. The largest coho will take home $2,000; second is $500; and third is $200.

The biggest pink will also earn $1,100 for first place, $300 for second and $100 for third.

Cost is $25. Details: 360-963-2311.

The salmon fishing season started this week in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fishing was tough on Monday’s opener.

“Overall the bite was nothing like we thought it was going to be, and we did have some decent fish in the low 20 (pound range) and a few coho and a couple of humpies (pinks),” said Chris Mohr, owner of Van Riper’s Resort at Sekiu.

“The westerly wind was blowing, and that made it hard on fishermen, but it’s just day one and we’ve got a lot of time ahead of us,” Mohr said.

To the east in the Strait, the Port Angeles area also saw some strong winds and foggy weather, but some who managed to get out around Ediz Hook found some pretty good hatchery king fishing.

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