Here is the latest salmon fishing report from the San Juan Island by Kevin Klein with the San Juan Island Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers:
The Frank Wilson Memorial Blackmouth Derby is getting interesting, to say the least. Brenda Schmidt weighed in a 21.33 pound chinook to take a commanding lead in the 10 week long tournament. Now that’s a big target for all the other particpants to shoot for! Thanks, and a big shout out to King’s Marine in Friday Harbor, and King’s Meat Department for the use of the scale for weigh in. Much appriciated! Anglers, please remember to bring your fish in the back door at King’s, and use a plastic bag, or Katch Kooler to transport your catch. Proceeds from this fun local derby go to support San Juan Island EMS. The top five placings in the Wilson Derby as of this writing are:
1. Brenda Schmidt 21.33 pounds
2. John Jackson 11.66 pounds
3. Vicky Telford 10.76 pounds
4. Kevin Klein 10.29 pounds
5. Geno James 10.08 pounds
It’s coming down to a month to go until the Anacortes Salmon Derby. Get your tickets now if you haven’t already. This is a first class event that raises a ton of money for scholarships in the fisheries fields. And, it’s a lot of fun!
Also, this is the second year of the GAFFFfffff, or Great Anacortes Fishing Film Festival for family fun on Friday night’s festivities. Entries of your fishing exploits put into celluloid form are due by March first. Last year there were some great videos, and this year sounds even better. Go to anacortessalmonderby.com for more info. See ya thar!
As you have probably heard by now, the Salmon limit in Marine Area 7 has been dropped to one fish per day.
This action was taken based on the estimated number of “encounters” with fish, either caught or released. A quota is set each year in each marine area for amount of fish encountered, and we have come close enough to that set limit that fisheries managers felt we needed to go to one fish per day to keep the season open through at least the end of March, and hopefully to the original end of the season April 30th. This is how the season is negotiated, so it’s the right thing to do at this time. Whether the number of encounters allowed should be higher, or how the numbers are estimated is a different story for a different time. Get involved in sportfishing advocacy groups, and the North of Falcon season setting process to let your voice be heard, and try to affect change.