Nothing fishy about politician's result at salmon derby

A 27.48-pound salmon has earned Tacoma angler Ralph Thomas bragging rights and a check for $15,000 as the overall winner for the largest fish caught during last weekend's Anacortes Salmon Derby.

John Belarde of Woodinville took second with a 25.72-pounder, earning $5,000, while Seth Baumgarten of Kirkland won $2,500 with a 24.38-pound salmon. Thomas Jensen of Tacoma finished in eighth place with a fish weighing 21.28 pounds. He received an Ace line hauler.

Finishing in 11th place was Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, who landed a 17.10-pound salmon.

There were 101 fish caught on Saturday and another 31 on Sunday. That is a slight improvement over last year’s catch, when more than 800 entrants brought in 114 fish to be weighed.


Chelan: Trolling for lake trout during the mid-morning has been best in the “potholes” in the area downlake of The Bar, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service. Look for fish in water 200 to 220 feet deep.

Eastside: Lenore and Dusty have been fishing pretty well. Try using a maroon mini-leech, said Anil Srivastava at Puget Sound Fly Co. Lenice has slowed down, in part because of the immense amount of pressure.

Munn: The trout fishing has been decent. Leech patterns are working well, as are chironomids.

Offut: The trout fishing has been fair to good in recent days. Anglers have been reporting hooking fish trolling with Wedding Rings, still fishing with Power Bait and fly fishing with chironomid patterns.

Pass: This is the place to go for chironomid anglers. Most anglers are using floating lines with long leaders, some up to 25 feet long, Srivastava said.

Riffe: The lake is still producing good numbers of silvers by the Mossyrock Dam on the U.S. 12 side. Worms and cocktail shrimp or white corn is the bait of choice.


Fly fishing: Very slow.

Razor clams: The current dig continues today and Thursday at Long Beach and Twin Harbors. The low tide will be at 8:07 a.m. today and 8:52 a.m. Thursday.

Tacoma: The fishing has been very slow throughout the area, in part because there have been few people on the water. Last week, there were creel checks done at seven South Sound locations. Of the 82 anglers checked, only five blackmouth were counted.


Columbia: The fishing has been good overall, but has been spotty from day to day. Brad’s cut plugs and Kwik Fish with herring are working best, said a staffer at Bob’s Sporting Goods. Try the Longview and Cathlamet areas.

Cowlitz: The fishing continues to improve. Fishermen getting spring chinook are having to put their time in. The bank anglers using eggs are doing good while the boaters pulling divers with eggs or coon striped shrimp are getting some too, said Marshall Borsom at Fish Country. The steelhead fishing also is good, with reports of lots of fish being taken from Blue Creek to Mission to Toledo by the boaters. Most are pulling plugs. Bank anglers are picking up a few at Blue Creek using little eggs or sand shrimp and some using nightcrawlers.

Kalama: The river was nearly blown out Tuesday morning, said Wayne Orzel at Pritchard’s Western Angler. If you want to give it a go, try up in the canyon or the lower hatchery.

Olympic Coast: The rivers were blown out Monday and were dropping back down, said Dave Steinbaugh at Olympic Sporting Goods. If there isn’t much more rain, the rivers should be fishable by late this week.

Yakima: The dry fly fishing has been best on cloudy afternoons, using skwala and mayfly patterns, said a report from Red’s Fly Shop.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640