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Friday Harbor Classic to Donate $10,000 to Salmon for Soldiers
Following is a press release from Salmon for Soldiers.
A whopping first place price of $15,000 is up for grabs in the San Juan Islands this Holiday Season.
The Friday Harbor Classic is set for December 1-3 in beautiful Friday Harbor in Marine Area 7. Second Place fish is worth $5,000, Third $2500 with lots of other great prizes.
This is a 100-percent charity event and this year the Friday Harbor Classic will donate $10,000 to Salmon for Soldiers. That will get a lot of our veterans out on the water this year. Other proceeds go to fund the hatchery fishing enhancements in the Puget Sound.
The Friday Harbor Classic is part of the NORTHWEST SALMON DERBY SERIES where a great fishing boat is given away each year!
Registration is $550 per boat. Go to NorthwestSalmonDerbyseries.com to register online soon or email Karsten /at/ nmta.net. This is a limited derby and sells out fast. For more information go to FridayHarborSalmonClassic.com
Washington to Begin Stocking Trout in 35 Lakes
Following is a press release from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
With tens of thousands of trout destined for Washington lakes before November, anglers should have plenty of places to enjoy great fishing this fall and through the holiday season.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will stock at least 35 Washington lakes with catchable-size trout this fall. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of smaller fry and fingerling trout will have grown to catchable size since the department stocked them this past spring.
“Fishing at lakes throughout the state should be phenomenal over the next few months,” said Larry Phillips, WDFW’s inland fish program manager. “Most trout are 13 to 15 inches long, with a few larger ones in the mix,” he said.
Some of the lakes recently stocked include Island and Kitsap lakes in Kitsap County; Isabella, Island, Kokanee, Lost, Nahwatzel, and Spencer lakes in Mason County; Lake Sylvia in Grays Harbor County; and Gibbs, Teal and Leland lakes in Jefferson County. Dozens of additional lakes will be stocked throughout the state in October and November providing fishing opportunities into the new year.
The complete list of lakes to be stocked, and the department’s recently updated stocking plan are available for viewing online.
Dive Fishing Bear in B.C. a Viral Hit
Video of a bear diving for salmon near Vancouver Island’s Knight Inlet Lodge has become a viral sensation, according to CTV News.
The bear appears to be in fish heaven as it waits for salmon to surround it before diving in and chomping down on dinner.
“This time of year, when the salmon are in the river and in the pools, that’s what makes it so exciting for us and our clients,” said lodge owner Dean Wyatt. “We have a concentrated number of fish and all these bears that are coming to eat them.”
Much to Wyatt’s surprise, the video has been seen an eye-popping 1.7-million times on Facebook, with nearly 32,000 shares as of Tuesday afternoon.
Trout image courtesy Mike Anderson. Friday Harbor image courtesy Jeremy Keith.