A Full Inbox Is A Happy Inbox

It’s 11:30 Tuesday morning, and I have still not reached the bottom of all the emails that piled up over Memorial Day Weekend.

Wolves running amuck! More Google Alerts than you can shake a stick at! Press releases from ODFW, OSP and WDFW! Story pitches! Kokanee depthfinder questions! And — thankfully — articles for the July issue.

But I’m going to take a break from answering, deleting, laughing as well as cringing in horror to post some of the images that collected in my inbox while yours truly was christening the Ojalla Bridge butt slide on the Siletz River, finding agates and more on the Oregon Coast over the four-day weekend.

Call this our collection of smiles, happy Northwest sportsmen and -women with their catches — plus a couple surprise pics.

To wit:

A COUPLE YEARS AGO I DID A STORY ON THIS GUY, NORTHWEST WASHINGTON BIG-BASS CATCHER ROGER DAVIS. LOOKS LIKE HE'S STILL UP TO HIS OLD TRICKS, CATCHING MONDOMOUTHS OUT OF SMALLER LAKES, THIS ONE AN 8-POUNDER THAT BIT A SWIMBAIT. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

THIS GUY'S JUST KILLING ME -- ADAM BROWNE, WITH YET ANOTHER SUMMER-RUN FROM WASHINGTON'S WASHOUGAL RIVER. STOPPED BY IT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND IT APPEARED TO BE COMING BACK INTO SHAPE AFTER RAINS. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

JOHN GOODMAN CALLS THIS LONG LAKE (SPOKANE) LARGEMOUTH "NICE," BUT AT A PURPORTED 7 POUNDS, 9 OUNCES, WE'D THROW A "VERY" INTO THE FRONT OF THAT. HE CAUGHT IT LATE LAST MONTH. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

WE'LL SWITCH THINGS UP WITH THIS BIG BULL ELK THAT TUAN MYLES OF EUGENE STUCK TWO SEPTEMBERS AGO IN NORTHEAST OREGON. HE'D CALLED THE HERD MASTER TO 27 YARDS, THEN HAD TO PACK IT 500 YARDS UP AND OUT OF A RAVINE. (HI-VIZ PHOTO CONTEST)

ROGER DAVIS (ABOVE) USES THOSE SWIMBAITS ON BASS, BUT MICHAEL FLOYD USES THEM ON A SLIGHTLY LARGER, AND TOOTHIER PREDATOR -- TIGER MUSKIES. HE CAUGHT THIS 47-INCHER OUT OF LAKE TAPPS, EAST OF TACOMA, RECENTLY. HE'S A PRO-STAFFER FOR NORTHWEST SPORTSMAN ADVERTISER AUBURN SPORTS & MARINE. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

IF YOU'RE INTO NORTH-CENTRAL WASHINGTON MULE DEER HUNTING, YOU PROBABLY KNOW THE FACE OF BIG-BUCK KILLER GARRETT GRUBBS, BUT THE ORCHARDIST ALSO LIKES FISHING THE CLEARWATER RIVER, USUALLY FOR STEELIES BUT HERE HOLDS A PAIR OF SPRING CHINOOK CAUGHT ON THE IDAHO RIVER THIS SEASON. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

OUCH, OUCH, OUCH, OUCH, OUCH. ANDY SCHNEIDER'S WRITING A STORY ON ALBACORE TUNA FOR OUR JULY ISSUE, AND WILL BE DETAILING THE DANGERS OF THRASHING FISH AND TREBLE-HOOKED CEDAR PLUGS. I STILL CAN'T LOOK AT THIS SHOT WITHOUT SQUIRMING. (ANDY SCHNEIDER)

LET'S SEE, ROUNDED FUZZY EARS -- DO THOSE BELONG TO A GRIZ OR JUST A BLACK BEAR? I CAN NEVER REMEMBER, BUT WHATEVER THE HELL THIS IS, IT WAS WANDERING AROUND IN A FRIEND'S WOODSY BACKYARD A COUPLE NIGHTS AGO. (ERIC BELL)

PAUL NELSON RECALLS FISHING LARSON LAKE, IN BELLEVUE, WASH., AS A KID, AND NOW THAT HE'S MOVED BACK TO THE AREA, HE'S TAKING HIS DAUGHTERS THERE TO FISH. HERE BRIANNA, AGE 10, SHOWS OFF A CUTTHROAT, CAUGHT ON A SPINNER AND WORM, FROM THE POND. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

AMONG THE ANGLERS FINDING SOUTHWEST OREGON SPRINGERS THIS YEAR, KRISTY WILLIAMS, WHO CAUGHT HER FIRST BACK IN APRIL. THE CURTIN RESIDENT, 16, SAYS THE SALMON WEIGHED 20 POUNDS. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

TECHNICALLY, THIS PIC OF AMANDA WILLIAMS DIDN'T COME VIA EMAIL, BUT SINCE THAT SWEET RAINBOW DID BITE OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, WE'RE ADDING THE 7-YEAR-OLD AND HER CATCH TO THIS POST. SHE CAUGHT IT AT DUCK LAKE NEAR OCEAN SHORES, WASH. ON A WEDDING RING AND WORM. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

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