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CLUB MESSAGE Written by Vice President Allen Morrow
If you missed our August meeting you missed the opportunity to hear to two excellent presen-tations. The first was a report on the status of the proposed salmon hatchery on the Deschutes River by Jim Tuggle. Jim gave a brief history of the hatchery that has been under study since the early 2000’s. He pointed out that the Deschutes is an ideal location for a hatchery as there isn’t and has never been a native salmon run on the river. The plans for the hatchery are to incorporate a learning center and a working hatchery. Jim said that the City of Tumwater has agreed to lease part of its Pioneer Park location for the project at a nominal cost. Funding help has also been offered by several organizations including the Squaxin Tribe. The legislature has included funding for the project in recent budgets. However, the project has stalled as WDFW continues to study the proposal. Jim is urging our PSA chapter to put pressure on WDFW to stop wasting money repeating studies previously completed and start building the hatchery.
The second speaker was Terry Rudnick who gave a presentation on fishing in the South Sound. He started his presentation by pointing out the number of returning salmon to this area in recent years has afforded fishers an excellent opportunity to bring home a salmon for dinner. Terry said that there are two distinct fishing methods used by local fishers. One, and his pre-ferred method, is to troll and the other is to jig. He trolls close to shore using bait if dog fish aren’t present or a spoon. This year a light or cream colored King Fisher spoon is his bait of choice as there are a lot of dogfish. He pointed out chinook can be found beginning in July followed by coho into September. Those who choose to jig typically use a small white jig.
Our next club project will be to provide kids an opportunity to catch a trout at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. The Fair runs for four weeks beginning August 31 and the fish pond is open from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Friday through Sunday every week as well as on Labor Day. We need a lot of volunteers to make the project a success. Those who volunteer will receive 2 free entry tickets to the Fair and free parking. Please contact Mike Silvers at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer.
We are looking for someone to be the chair/coordinator for our annual Christmas Banquet. Please let Dee or me know if you are interested at our September meeting on
Thursday the 6th.
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.
MEDIA ALERT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
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