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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 11, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Bellingham Salmon Derby produces big kings

I got this report from Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association who sponsors the Northwest Salmon Derby Series.

Here is what Floor emailed to me this afternoon:

“Today is the second day, of the three day Fifth Annual Bellingham Salmon Derby.”

“Historically, since the Derby Series began in 2004, anglers have not caught a fish over 30 pounds. The leading fish in this derby is a 39 pound king worth $5,000, and second place is 33 pound king.”

“In 2008, the fourth year of the Bellingham Salmon Derby, they set a record selling 280 tickets. This year, they have sold, at this writing, 340 adult tickets and 98 kid’s tickets for a total of 448 anglers. A new record!”

Floor will email out the final derby results on Sunday.

Next up is the Elliott Bay Salmon Derby on July 18. For more information, go to the

Northwest Salmon Derby Series Web site.

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