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December 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Hatchery chinook fishing action good in San Juan Islands

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(George Harris, president of the NMTA with a nice hatchery chinook he caught this week in the San Juan Islands. Photo courtesy of Tony Floor.)

As one marine area (northern Puget Sound) closed for hatchery chinook at the beginning of this month, another one reopened for winter salmon fishing opportunities.

The San Juan Islands will be center stage when the Resurrection Derby gets underway Friday and Saturday (Dec. 5-6) at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

Last year, this derby was held under extremely freezing temperatures, but it appears at this point the scenario will be much different and the fishing should be decent.

Just ask Tony Floor, the director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association in Seattle found out this week when he took a fishing trip up north Tuesday and Wednesday with fishing guide Derek Floyd, owner of Anglers Choice Fishing Charter in Anacortes.

“We (four of us) limited both days on gorgeous chinook to 14 pounds,” he said. “I think it looks like a great catching weekend for the Resurrection Salmon Derby, and I found the adipose fin-clip mark rate running between 80-90 percent. Big fun.”

Last year, 75 teams managed to catch 200 fish, and the largest was caught by Bob Norling that weighed 15.67 pounds and he along with teammates Steve Grey and Mark Schinman took home the top prize of $10,000.

For details on the derby, go to http://www.resurrectionderby.com/.

 

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