jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comAugust 8, 2012 

Dan Rice of Vashon won the Ducks Unlimited Point Defiance Salmon Derby on Saturday, earning $1,500 with a 17-pound, 3-ounce salmon.

In second place was Michael Frye of Tacoma with a 13-pound, 11-ounce fish, good for $1,000. Ken Hagen of Enumclaw caught a 13-pound, 2-ounce fish, good for third place. Hagen and another angler had landed the same-size fish, but Hagen weighed in his fish eight minutes earlier to win the tiebreaker and $750.

Madrona Rainey of Bainbridge Island caught a 6-pound, 10-ounce fish to win the kids division.

There were 13 salmon weighed in during the one-day event.

Kyle Klein won Saturday’s South King County Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby with a 27-pound, 2-ounce chinook. There were 48 chinook weighed in. Mike Baughman took second place with a 22-pound fish; Mark Hoberg took third with a 17-pound, 10-ounce fish.

The Gig Harbor chapter of PSA will hold its derby Saturday. Get details at gigharbor


Columbia, lower river: During the first five days of August, the state sampled 2,090 anglers below Bonneville Dam with 523 steelhead and 30 fall chinook (24 adults and six jacks) – but no sockeye or coho. The effort remains highest off the Washington bank, with more 800 anglers counted during Saturday’s effort flight count. Sturgeon fishing in The Dalles Pool has produced some legal-size fish.

Columbia, upper river: Sockeye salmon fishing in the Brewster Pool is in full swing, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. The early morning bite has been particularly hot. He suggested to start looking for fish 15 feet deep.

Cowlitz: Fishing remains fair to good. A lot of steelhead are being caught by boaters and bank anglers alike, said Marshall Borsom at Fish Country. Boaters are using divers with coon shrimp or side-drifting eggs. Bank anglers are using a little of everything – sand shrimp, sand shrimp with eggs, spoons, corky and yarn, or jig and bobber.

White Salmon: Bank anglers are catching some summer-run steelhead in the White Salmon, but the best success have been observed in the mainstem Columbia just west of the mouth.

Yakima: It’s grasshopper time on the river. Fly anglers will have success casting hopper dry fly patterns, with a beaded hare’s ear dropper fly, close to grassy banks and wherever they spot rising trout.


Clear (Pierce): An angler at reported that the smallmouth bass fishing has been good. He was fishing with plastic baits with a crawfish scent, casting toward weed beds and docks.

Merwin: Beginning today, the kokanee daily limit has been increased. Anglers can keep up to 10 kokanee. The change is in effect through Nov. 30. Anglers can keep five trout and can fish with two poles with a two-pole endorsement.

Riffe: The lake is still producing silvers, but the action has slowed down a little. Fish are holding a lot deeper now, 100 feet or more.

Tapps: Trolling produced a few tiger muskies over the weekend, but warmer water temperatures have slowed the action. The smallmouth bass action also has been slow.


North Sound: Some of the best fishing has been off Port Townsend and Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, based on creel samples by the state. Anglers checked at Port Townsend were averaging nearly a chinook per person.

Sekiu: Salmon fishing is still very good to excellent. People are catching a near-even mix of chinook and coho, based on state creel samples.

Tacoma: People are catching a few chinook and coho in places like off the clay banks, the Gig Harbor shoreline and Point Dalco, said Art Tachell at Point Defiance Marina. He also heard of an angler catching a salmon off the mouth of the Puyallup. Crabbing in the area has been fair.

Westport: The salmon fishing has slowed down in recent days, but charter boat anglers are catching chinook off the Quinault Casino north of Ocean Shores, said a report from the Westport Charterboat Association.

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