WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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November 01, 1999
Contact: Jim Byrd, (360) 586-3104

August was a record-setting month for pink salmon anglers

OLYMPIA–Anglers spent much of August shattering state records for pink salmon caught in saltwater.

The record– a 6.38 pound fish caught in August, 1997 by Rodney M. Hansen of Mountlake Terrace–was broken seven times during the month.

The new state record was set Aug. 10 by Thomas S. Ingram, of Bakersfield, Calif., who caught a pink weighing 8.38 pounds. Ingram trolled a green hoochie with a flasher off the coast near LaPush.

Other big pinks beating the 1997 record were:

  • 8 pounds, Aug. 11, by Mark R. VonGrey of St. Paul, Minn.
  • 8.34 pounds, Aug. 15, by Scott W. MacNeil of Port Angeles
  • 6.98 pounds, Aug. 20, by Bill Heinck, of Arlington
  • 7.34 pounds, Aug. 26, by Ryan Smith, of Walnut Creek, Calif.
  • 7.99 pounds, Aug. 28, by Matao Ikeda, of Japan
  • 8.3 pounds, Aug. 29, by Joshua Kopperstad, of Port Orchard

WDFW maintains separate records for pink salmon caught in saltwater and freshwater. The current freshwater record, held by F. John Erickson, hometown unknown, is a 10-pound, 2-ounce pink caught in the Snohomish River in 1985. That record was threatened this year by a 9.18-pound fish caught in the Skykomish River on Oct. 1 by Abraham H. Mejia, of Lynwood.