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Jim Lawson wins shortened Frank Wilson derby

Well, that’s a wrap on the Marine Area 7 Winter Chinook Season. The early closure this year was a real heart breaker for a lot of us. We really look forward to these next few months and the normally 10 week long Frank Wilson Memorial Blackmouth Derby in Friday Harbor.

No Fin,’ Big Win: Reep reels in $10,000 king

Brian Dennis, Shannon Ford and Bob Jungquist chanted “No Fin, No Fin, No Fin,” while David Reep neared the end of a 25-minute battle with a large chinook Friday, Feb. 6, the first day of the 12th Annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic. Dennis netted the fish, hauled it aboard the Tater Yott and checked to make sure the fish didn’t sport a wild king’s adipose fin. He jumped, fist-pumped and yelled: “No Fin!”

Good fishing last weekend; Anacortes derby cancelled

We had a great time fishing in the San Juan’s last weekend. Very light pressure where we were at, and all nice 6-12 lb hatchery fish, with a couple bigger thrown in. I’ve said it before, but I’m just not encountering many unclipped or undersized Salmon. Right place, right time, who knows?

Roche Harbor fishing derby back on

The 12th Annual Roche Harbor Salmon Derby scheduled to take place the first weekend in February will happen after all. Debbie Sandwith originally announced it had been cancelled due to an early closing of the fisheries in Area 7. She got word last night it can go ahead. Registration is Thursday, February 6 with fishing February 7 and 8. The derby is sold out. 



Fishing Update: Bit of a slowdown

Blackmouth fishing in the San Juan’s has slowed somewhat from the fast start we had in December. There are still fish around, and some big ones here and there as well. The bait seems to be spread around, and the fish are moving.