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June 17, 1971

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MARATHON RACING boats, like these pictured in a recent Arizona contest, will thrill spectators at the Hood Canal Boat Races. Dick Sharp of Seattle, driving No. 511, in foreground, will compete in the Union event. THIS IS a Lake Cushman landlocked chinook salmon, a maturing male 30 inches long, weighing 11 pounds 2 ounces, caught by Fisheries Biologist Frank Haw in the North Fork of Skokomi. h I:liv .r above the lake. Page S-68- Shelton-Mason County Journal-Thursday, June 17, 197 Sevet~al of the best known unlimited hydroplane drivers in the Northwest will compete in marathon races at the Seventh Annual Hood Canal Boat Races at Union on Sunday, August 22. Among them will be Dick Sharp of Seattle, Dave Potter, a Seattleite with a summer home on Hood Canal, Butch Schmitt of Olympia, Bob Allen of Everett, and a couple of Canadians, Hank Zacharais and Lee Davies of Vancouver, B. C. Last year Sharp broke his leg the day before the Union races, a misfortune which scratched his entry. But he's fully recovered and this year is ready to join the starting line-up. Randall Updike of the Hood Canal Marina, originator of the event, will be joined as a sponsor by the Hood Canal Yacht Basin, which will also enter a local boat in the unlimited class, to be driven by Allen. A repeat of another sensational feature of last year's show, which drew an estimated 3,000 spectators, will be a thrilling exhibition of trick water skiing. This will be put on by the O'Brien competitive team of Seattle. It will include kite flying in which the skiers actually fly through the air. After the skiers get a start on the water, they manipulate the kite strings so that they rise 75 to 100 feet in the air. Once airborne, they can go up, down, and sidewise. The races will be held under the auspices of the Northwest Stock Outboard Racing Association, of which Allen is president. Events will start about 1:30 p.m. Lake Cushman anglers who want to go after those big land-locked chinook salmon, now legal, which are hiding somewhere in the depths are advised by Frank Haw, Fisheries Department biologist, to use saltwater salmon gear and lures. Haw is the scientist whose personal investigation has proved that chinook breed in the North Fork of the Skokomish River above its inlet to Lake Cushman in which their progenitors were trapped when Cushman Dam was built in the 1920's. When the Game Department opened Cushman to sport salmon fishing last year, the take was sporadic, limited to 16 to 18-inch fish caught in the upper end of the lake. What chinook were landed appeared to be incidental to trout fishing, Haw observed, Changing methods, he suggested, might bring in some of the mature fish which are 30 to 40 feet down. Plugs, dodgers, or mooching with herring might work, Haw said. He advised using three or four ounces of lead. In other words, fish for lake chinook the same as in salt water. Lake Cushman is the only place in the world, so far as available records indicate, where landlocked chinook are known to reproduce and survive, Haw said. In October 1969, Haw said, a biologist friend reported seeing a number of chinook spawning in the same area in a riffle on the lower North Fork. A month later Haw said he collected three carcasses and one live male chinook in the vicinity of the bridge crossing the upper end of Lake Cushman. Scale measurements indicated all were five years old. Two were spawned out females, 32% and 37 inches long,. Weight of the larger was estimated at 20 pounds. The males were 33 and 36 inches long. Because of their large size Dolly Warden trout in Cushman and the North Fork have also been studied by Haw. He said he has caught and released 30 of them averaging nine pounds each. Although the Fisheries Department has no formal research program planned for Lake Cushman, Haw said his own informal studies of "'these fascinating fishes" would continue. Sport salmon fishing is prohibited in the river, but under the new. regulation these land-locked chinook may be taken in the lake. No punch card is required. Daily catch and possession limit is 12 salmon or a total of 12 salmon and other fish in the aggregate of a weight limit of six pounds of fish. Most of these salmon should range from 10 to 16 inches and should provide excellent summer fishing when trout angling usually tapers off, said a Fisheries Department bulletin. 422 vi Stkkley Anit~ htterlee H~ ~okos Don LaPlant Managing Designated Associate Associate Broker Broker OPEN DALLY AND WEEK-ENDS 9 A.M. 'Til ?? First St. Hwy. 101 Shelton 426-1203 426-8227 Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-25