The 2013 Bellingham Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby is in the books and this year's contest produced something close to a piscatorial photo finish.
Only about nine and a half ounces of salmon flesh separated the first through third money fish and between chinook one and two on the ladder there was no difference in weight at all.
Both John Rammerman and Gary Wasel's kings tipped the scales at 30.95 pounds.
To decide the outcome, PSA derby stewards had to invoke the contest's tie-breaker rule, in this case, which fish got to scales first.
FISH OUSTERS PLANNED
State fisheries managers announced Monday, July 15, their proposed lake rehabilitations for 2013-14.
The list includes 22 waters, all in Eastern Washington, ranging from two chains of small lakes south of Potholes Reservoir to two bigger trout-bearing bodies, one in Okanogan and the other Spokane County.
If approval is given for these rotenone treatments, as has been the custom in the past, fishing rules for these fishing holes might be relaxed this fall immediately in advance of the chemical applications. Stay tuned.
For more details about the exciting finish to this year's Bellingham PSA Salmon Derby and this fall's list of rehab lakes plus more fishing and hunting news, read Sunday's Outdoors column.
Doug Huddle, the Bellingham Herald's outdoors correspondent, since 1983, has written a weekly fishing and hunting column that now appears Sundays. Read his blog and contact him at http://pbogs.bellinghamherald.com/outdoors.