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CLUB MESSAGE Written by Vice President Allen Morrow
Recent reports from several members are that there are significant numbers of sublegal chinook in local water with a few keepers being caught. With this in mind, we had Steve Andrews, one of the premier South Sound fishers, as our July speaker. Steve gave a very educational and inspiring talk on when, where and how to fish for chinook in our area. He pointed out that last year over 29,000 chinook returned to the WDFW hatchery on the Deschutes River and that the prediction for this year is almost as large. He said that optimum timing of the run is between mid-July and the end of August. Steve has had success in years past using jigs and trolling a spoon. He prefers using artificial lures as there are a number of dog fish in the area and they can cause you to go through a package of herring quickly. His favorite spots are from Dana Passage to the south end of the Nisqually Reach. Our August event will be the first South Sound Chapter salmon derby on August 18. This event is open only to members of our chapter, members of their household and their grandchildren under to age of 14. The derby will be based at the Boston Harbor Marina with the weigh station open from 8 AM to 3 PM. Fish will be weighed in the round. Participants must have a valid fishing license and everyone in the boat must have a derby ticket. The entry cost is $20.00 ($5.00 will be donated for Pancreatic Cancer Research). First place prize will be $350.00, second place $150.00, third place $100.00 and the mystery fish winner will receive $75.00. Tickets can be purchased at our August meeting. Our August speaker will be Terry Rudnick, another stellar South Sound fisher, and a noted author of several how-to fish books. Terry will speak to us not only on fishing issues, but also on the critical need for more funding for Pancreatic Cancer Research. In addition to our derby on August 18, Terry will be sponsoring a “breakfast on the water” fund raiser at his home on Dana Passage. Those wanting to donate to the cause will be served breakfast on their boat. Additional information will be available at our August meeting and on our web site. Looking ahead we will have our portable fish pond at the Washington State Fair every weekend during its entire run in September. The fish pond is open from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM Friday through Sunday and on Labor Day. To make this project a success we must depend on many volunteer hours. Volunteers will receive 2 free entry tickets to the Fair and free parking. Please contact Mike Silvers at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in giving us a hand.
On July 14th, Cub Scout Pack 462 had a ball catching Rainbow trout. After the scouts each caught two it was open to their siblings. The fish cooperated, sort of. All caught fish. The South Sound chapter of Puget Sound Anglers volunteers had a ball and a fabulous lunch provided by the Pack. Pack 462 is JBLM based. They have 62 cub scouts! A wonderful program and pleased we could help. Thank you Mike Silvers Mike Servey, Dennis Knutz, Kevin Fast, and John Ignac for your time.
Thanks to all the volunteers, the May 30, 2018 Kid's Fish-in at Mason Lake was a great success. You made some lasting memories for many a kid and I heard a lot of "Thank You's" from the parents.
We had at least 80 kids catch fish. Some kids (with teacher permission) took the fish back to the school to be grilled and eaten! Happy fishers at Mason Lake (Shelton, Wa) Kids Fish-In. See pictures below and Click here to watch some of the fun!
Our South Sound Chapter of PSA received a $5,000 grant from Cabela's in Lacey Wa, on May 26, 2018, for us to give kids rods and reels.
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June 1, 2018
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s to donate 50,000 rods and reels in nationwide effort to get kids outside this summer
Gone Fishing movement kicks off with National Donation Day at Cabela’s in LACEY, WA
WHAT: Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is challenging families to put down their digital devices and get outside to discover the joys of fishing. To kick off Gone Fishing, the nationwide movement that gets kids and families connected to nature each summer, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are donating 50,000 rods and reels to nonprofit organizations that help kids from all backgrounds connect to the great outdoors.
Media are invited to Cabela’s in Lacey, Washington on Thursday, June 7 for a special ceremony featuring Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) receiving the donations, The WDFW helps get kids outside with programs like “Fish Washington, Kid Fish Events”, receiving this donation of rods and reels will help increase the number of kids that participate in events throughout the year.
During the family-friendly Gone Fishing events taking place over the next two weekends (June 9-10 and 16-17), kids of all ages are invited to catch their first fish with free catch-and-release ponds, take home a “First Fish” certificate and beginner’s guides, and participate in free seminars, free crafts and free photo downloads.
The effort is part of the company’s mission to inspire future generations to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors. In the past five years, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have donated more than 300,000 items to youth-focused nonprofit organizations across North America.
WHEN: Thursday, June 7, 2018, 4 P.m.
WHO: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Insert name(s) of local nonprofit representatives attending the event)
MEDIA CONTACT: Tracy Hatton
Cabela’s – Lacey, WA