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Fishing and Crabbing Update from Kevin Klein

September 30 was the last day of summer salmon season in the San Juan Islands. Starting October 1, 2015 unclipped chinook must be released, but unclipped Coho may be retained through the end of the month. In November all salmon fishing is closed.

Winter crab begins seven days a week October 1. Make sure and get your Winter crab catch card before you go.


Seattle man swims across Strait without a wetsuit

Andrew Malinak, a 28-year-old Seattle geotechnical engineer, swam across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Beachy Head, British Columbia to just east of the Elwha River on  the Olympic Peninsula Sunday, September 6, 2015. He wore a hot pink swimsuit and a bright orange bathing cap. He is the eighth person on record to swim across the strait without a wet suit. He completed the 12 mile swim in 6 hours, 59 minutes and 48 seconds.

You can read about his swim on his Twitter page, in an article on  Peninsula Daily News website.

This was his second attempt, his first one in 2013 was unsuccessful. You can read about his preparation for his 2013 swim including the requirements from the Coast Guard on the   Throw Me In The Ocean website.

Malinak swam from West Seattle to Tacoma in June. Read about it in The Olympian


Fishing Update: Salmon of all sizes

A Labor Day fishing update from Kevin Klein: Now is the time of year in the San Juan’s when one could come across a 10lb King, a 40lb King, a Coho, a Pink, a Chum, or a skunk. There have been some big Chinook caught recently, from 30-40 plus lbs. They may not be in the cards for everyone, but it’s fun knowing the next bite could be that Donkey Fraser fish. I haven’t got anything over upper 20’s this year, but we’ll take the ‘teener’s all day long. Fun stuff!

Slideshow appears above the article's title. May take a moment to load. Photos courtesy of Kevin Klein.



Vikings take the Island Cup - Slideshow added

Bragging rights go to Orcas Island High School's football team this year as the Vikings defeated Friday Harbor's Wolverines 42-6 at the annual Island Cup football game Saturday, September 5, 2015. Lopez Island High School football players are playing on the Vikings' team this year.

An 85-image slideshow is posted above the article's headline, it may take a moment or two to load. Photos by Matt Pranger



Islanders creating new December fishing derby

A new fishing tournament is being organized in Friday Harbor since the existing Resurrection Salmon Derby is going to be held in Anacortes rather than in the islands. Jimmie Lawson and Russ Samples are putting together the new derby which will be held December 3-5, 2015. If you would like more information please email Lawson at [email protected]

The decision to move the Resurrection Salmon Derby to Anacortes was made a vote of the Anacortes Fidalgo-San Juan Islands chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.


Nothing Desolate about this trip

A slightly different fishing update from Kevin Klein: In mid July, I had the good fortune to voyage to Desolation Sound, British Columbia, from Friday Harbor. This turned out to be a de facto honeymoon for my wife Vicki and I. We were married in April, and with a lot going on at work, I just couldn’t get away until summer.