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Mount Vernon Man Wins $10K in Resurrection Salmon Derby
The 2015 Resurrection Salmon Derby, sponsored by the Fidalgo-San Juan Islands chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers (PSA), was held in Anacortes, Wash. on December 4th and 5th. Despite the wind and rain, 222 anglers in 73 boats turned-out, catching 48 fish with a combined weight of 462 pounds.
First place was awarded to Ryan Kies of Mount Vernon, Wash. who caught a Chinook weighing 19.6 pounds. Second place was secured by Rydel Brooks from Stanwood, Wash. with an entry of 16.38 pounds. Third place went to David Huynh of Burlington, Wash. at 15.62 pounds. The Secret Weight category was awarded to Steve Stout whose 8.28 pound fish was closest to the predetermined weight of 8.30 pounds.
Gabe Lawson, a student from Friday Harbor, Wash. currently studying environmental science at Clark College, was awarded a $1,000 derby scholarship sponsored by the Anacortes Elks.
According to the Fidalgo-San Juan Islands PSA, proceeds from the event will be used towards salmon enhancement.
Upcoming Events at Point Defiance Marina
The Point Defiance Marina in Tacoma, Wash. has published a schedule of upcoming events of interest to anglers.
- Longtime Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff member Frank Haw will have a signing for his new book Washington’s Sport of Kings: Views of a Fisheries Insider on December 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. More information is available here.
- The fifth annual Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for New Year’s Day at 11:30 a.m. with the pre-event Resolution Run beginning at 11:00 a.m. This free event, sponsored by BECU, features hot refreshments and a commemorative towel or t-shirt for participants. More information is available here.
- On January 19, 2016, the marina will host a squid fishing class from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Attendees will learn how to jig, care for, prepare, and cook squid. Sign up online at MetroParksTacoma.org/GO or 253-591-5325.
- The Point Defiance Marina is organizing a beach clean-up on January 19, 2016 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Petersburg Man Convicted of Using Explosives in Salmon Catch
A commercial fisher from Petersburg, Alaska, has been convicted of using explosives to drive salmon out of a closed fishing area into an open fishing area, according to Alaska Public Media.
Sergeant Aaron Frenzel is with the Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Juneau and helped investigate the case. He says multiple boats try to fish at hatcheries like Hidden Falls because the fish are gathered there. Frenzel has been a wildlife trooper for about 15 years and has dealt with fishermen using explosives to herd fish before but says he’s never seen it happen from a closed hatchery area.
The man has been fined $15,000.
Salmon University Store Open
Stocking stuffers available at the Salmon University store include long and short-sleeve t-shirts, coffee mugs, and more. Order by December 15 for delivery by or before December 25. Gift registrations for the April 2016 Salmon University seminar are also available here.