Two salmon fishing derbies this month saw record setting catches.
The Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby held Saturday through Monday had 351 hatchery chinook weighed in, which was one of the highest in the history of the event, and beat the record in 2011 of 248 fish.
“They had a lot of fish checked in for the derby, and saw a big turnout of anglers,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife checker in Strait of Juan de Fuca. “It was pretty good fishing, but nothing huge in terms of fish size.”
“The bigger fish taken in the derby came out of Protection Island area near Sequim,” Bennett said. “A good number were hatchery marked chinook (only fish with a missing adipose fin may be kept).”
The first spring chinook was reported at the Bonneville Dam fish counter on Feb. 13, and one was caught in the Lower Columbia around the Vancouver area this past week. Fair for steelhead in The Dalles and John Day pools. The Wenatchee River is good for steelhead, and also open for whitefish. The Icicle is open for steelhead. Many Western Washington rivers are closed to protect wild steelhead.
Fair ice fishing for trout at Roses Lake near Manson and Fish Lake near Leavenworth for perch and trout. Lake Chelan is good for lake trout. Rufus Woods Reservoir is fair for trout. Fair to good for trout at Lake Goodwin and Blackman’s Lake. Fair for cutthroat in Lake Washington off I-90.