The highly popular Anacortes Salmon Derby hosted by members of the Fidalgo Chapter of the Puget Sound Angler was held this past weekend, and lured 900 anglers who caught 114 fish.
Brian Darling of Anacortes caught his winning 18.62-pound hatchery chinook at Lopez Pass on the first day of the derby, where it remained atop the leader board as the weigh-in closed Sunday at noon. He earned $12,000 in cash for the biggest fish.
Jamie Morrow of Mt. Vernon won $4,000 for his second place finish with a 17.86-pound fish, and Bill Lavalle of Sedro Woolley earned $2,000 for third place finish with a 17.7-pound fish. Rod Nau of Bellingham won $2,000 as his 9.02-pounder came closest to a pre-determined weight in the Secret Weight category.
Eight-year-old Axel Wilhonen of Bow improved on his 2nd place Youth Division finish of last year by besting all others in the14 years old and under group by landing a 17.18 fish to win a custom made fishing rod with reel.
Tammy Morris of Sedro Woolley won the Women’s Division with a 14.62 fish, and took home a custom rod with reel for her winning effort.
The proceeds from this derby fund scholarships to benefit young adults pursuing a career in fisheries and related science. The club disbursed over $29,000 in scholarship money last year.
(Photo by Mark Schinman)