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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Seattle father catches big king in San Juans, and poses it next to newborn daughter

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(Photo courtesy of Meghan Miller Lanouette of Seattle)

Here is a great photo of one-month old Hadley Lanouette with a king salmon her dad Paul Lanouette of Seattle caught this past Tuesday in the San Juan Islands.

The big king weighed more than 30 pounds and little Hadley tips the scale at 8 pounds.

Fishing in the island chain has been very slow so the Lanouette’s were the lucky ones to hook a nice king.

“It is dead still around the islands, but there was some fish around Eagle Point this past weekend¬†and they moved on since then and they don’t tend to hold fish,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association in Seattle. “There are gobs of sandlance baitfish at Hein Bank, which¬†has fish. But, the low water right now is happening in the early morning and will pick up as the ebb tide gets later in the morning.”

Word is swirling that many of the Canadian bound kings skipped heading through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and migrated down the between the east side of Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia. That could explain an absence of kings in the San Juan Islands. The water has been much warmer on the outside of northern Vancouver Island in the ocean, and could have shifted fish to the inner B.C. channels.

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