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June 5, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Puget Sound Anglers Lake Washington Chapter Trout Derby on June 13

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Summer fun is about to happen on Lake Washington soon with the Puget Sound Anglers Lake Washington Chapter’s Trout Derby on June 13 at Gene Coulon Park in Renton.

Cost is $20 per angler, and free for those 12 years and under. The largest trout earns $400 in cash, second place is worth $200, third is $100, and the mystery fish weight gets $100.

Additional prize drawings will be at the awards ceremony, and free hot dogs and soda from noon to 2 p.m.

Here are some of the rules for the derby:

All persons in the boat must have a derby ticket prior to fishing. All Derby ticket holders are eligible to fish and win prizes, including PSA Lake Washington members, derby staff and/or sponsor staff. Tickets will be available the morning of the derby from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Gene Coulon boat launch (cash only, no checks or bankcards).

All contestants must abide by all Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, Coast Guard, and other applicable rules and regulations. Fishing is limited to Lake Washington and only rainbow and/or cutthroat trout may be entered.

Regulations for Lake Washington are March 1-June 30, Minimum size 12 inches. Daily limit five fish. Release all STEELHEAD and RAINBOW TROUT over 20 inches.

Fishing Hours. The Derby runs Saturday, June 13th, daylight until 2 pm. The awards ceremony begins at 2:30 pm on Saturday at the Gene Coulon Derby Station.

Submitting fish: Contestants must show a valid derby ticket before entering a legal fish in the derby. Each contestant must play and weigh-in his or her own fish within official Derby hours. Fish must be turned in to the official Derby drop-off station at Gene Coulon Park from 12 pm to 2 pm. A Derby official will log in each catch. All fish will be refrigerated and held by Derby officials until awards ceremony. The first fish recorded at a given weight wins a tie. Ties will be decided by time of entry. A coin toss will decide identical times. Fish will be marked after weigh-in. All fish must be whole and fresh caught and may not be altered in any way. Any fish showing signs of having been altered, frozen or in any way unnaturally preserved will be disqualified. All fish are subject to inspection, including cleaning, at official’s discretion. Awards Ceremony. The awards ceremony will start at 2:30 pm at the Gene Coulon derby station. ALL PRIZES AND FISH SHOULD BE PICKED UP at the awards ceremony; you must present your ticket at the time.

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No contestant may win more than one “ladder” prize (i.e. a prize based on the size of the fish) regardless of the number or size of fish entered. This does not apply to BONUS CASH or giveaway prizes. In addition to the cash prizes, there may be additional prizes that will awarded through a drawing to ticket holders that are present at the awards ceremony turned in.

Launch Ramps: There are several launch ramps within the Derby area, but only Gene Coulon has a fish drop-off and weigh-in stations. Derby anglers are responsible for launch fees at all boat ramps.

Note: Parking regulations at Gene Coulon Park are STRICTLY enforced.

Safety. This is an all-weather derby. Participants are expected to use common sense with respect to weather or water conditions. Be sure that your equipment is in good condition, that you have appropriate safety gear aboard, and that you keep abreast of local weather forecasts. Anglers respect the unpredictable weather here on Lake Washington especially during the month of June. We want you to have a pleasant and SAFE Derby. You will have a great time – if you are prepared, and make reasonable decisions.

Derby Disputes. The decisions of the Derby Committee shall be final with respect to any and all issues related to the Derby.

Responsibility. Any person who enters the Derby, or who provides assistance to Derby officials or otherwise participates in the Derby, hereby agrees to waive and release, and hold harmless the Puget Sound Anglers of Lake Washington, its officers, directors and members, the Derby Committee, sponsors and officials, from any and all claims, actions, damages (including personal injury and property damages), and losses that arise from your participation in any aspect of the Derby, including but not limited to the Awards Ceremony; in particular, if you agree to participate, you agree that you are responsible for your own safety.

Details: 425-823-0704 or the Puget Sound Anglers Lake Washington Chapter Web site.

(Photos taken by Diane Elliott)

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