Fishing Update:

Kevin Klein of Parker Boats Northwest sent in this fishing update: Chinook fishing in the San Juan Islands has picked up a bit in the last week, and it may get better as the month goes on. Rain and shorter days will trigger fish to move through on their way to the rivers. We could see some bigger fish caught later this season.


$40k prize possible for a really big fish

A $30,000 bonus will be added to the $10,000 first place prize if the winning fish at the 14th Annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic weighs 30 pounds or more. Register now for the derby that takes place January 19, 20 and 21, 2017. There is $25,000 in guaranteed cash prizes, three nights of hosted dinners, including prime rib night. On-site lodging is available (not included in the entry fee) with options for everyone to stay together on the property.


43 Boats Finish Shaw Island Race

The rare combination of being an “either way” race with sun and wind made the 46th Annual Shaw Island Classic one to remember. Hosted by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the race starts and finishes in Friday Harbor and circumnavigates scenic Shaw Island in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. It presents a navigational challenge as currents, wind and projected boat speed must be considered to determine which way to ‘round the island.

Boats head off in two directions at the start of the 2016 Shaw Classic. Marc Forlenza photos


Fishing Update by Kevin Klein

Crabbing has been good in the San Juans. A feast of Dungeness has been pretty easy to come by, depending on the location. That's been about the best thing to report, as salmon fishing is slow right now.

 We got crab legs! - Kevin Klein, Team Parker Boats


Holman reels in a big prize in Bellingham derby

Fishing Update from Kevin Klein: The Bellingham Puget Sound Anglers Derby took place last weekend. This event was a bit different than in years past, due to the changes in retention this year. In July, only hatchery fin clipped Chinook may be retained in Marine Area 7. The fishing wasn't red hot, but some larger clipped fish did hit the scales.

Jeff Brown ended up with the biggest King, a 22.04 lber, weighed in at the start of the first day. This derby is a very fun, kid friendly event, with proceeds going to various worthy causes. Thanks to all who participated, and who ran the show.


NOAA officers to conduct patrols during halibut fishing opening

 Officers from NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement will be conducting patrols during the upcoming commercial halibut fishing opening on the Washington, Oregon and California coast on June 22. The opening begins at 8 a.m. June 22 and runs for 10 hours. The NOAA patrols will focus on ensuring compliance with rules and regulations governing halibut fishing, especially rules requiring proper release of halibut and proper marking of fishing gear.


Christison bounds to state runner-up finish; Rist sixth in javelin, girls relay team seventh

Friday Harbor senior Will Christison, performing his best in his final competition as a high school athlete, bounded to a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the Class 2B State Track and Field Championships in Cheney Saturday, May 28, 2016. Wolverine teammate Sara Rist placed sixth in the javelin and the Friday Harbor girls 4 x 100 relay team of Rist, freshman Natalie Meenan, sophomore Ciera Bailey, junior Kendra Pew finished seventh.