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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Upcoming Oly Pen salmon derby should be a good gauge on what’s lurking in eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca

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The revival of the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby on Feb. 19-21, formerly known as the Discovery Bay Salmon Derby, will lure anglers with more than $22,000 in prizes and $10,000 for the largest hatchery-marked chinook.

“I think there should be some great catches coming out of the derby, and my expectations are very high for a great turnout and great catches,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association and head of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series. “Now all we need is some better weather to get more boats on the water. They have also expanded the fishing area of the derby to include Port Angeles and Freshwater Bay areas.”

The derby will span a whopping 500 square miles of water, with five weigh stations, and will give anglers a good idea on where the best fishing is happening in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca

“We cover so many launch ramps and fishing areas that everybody should have a good chance to catch some fish,” said Dan Tatum, the president of the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby.

The event’s five launch ramps are at Freshwater Bay, Port Angeles, Sequim, Gardiner and Port Townsend, and all have weigh stations. The awards ceremony is 2 p.m. at the Gardiner boat ramp. Cost is $40. For details, go to Salmon Derby for additional information.

Upcoming derby schedule: March 5-6, Geoduck Restaurant Salmon Derby; March 19, Everett Blackmouth Derby; March 26-27, Anacortes Salmon Derby; July 8-10, Bellingham Salmon Derby; Aug. 6, South King County Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby; Aug. 13, Gig Harbor Salmon Derby; Aug. 20-21, Hood Canal Salmon Derby; Aug. 27, Kitsap Poggie Club Salmon Derby; Sept. 3, Willapa Bay Salmon Derby; Sept. 10, Edmonds Coho Derby; Sept. 24-25, Everett Coho Derby; Sept. 29-Oct. 2, Einar Nielsen-Becky Barr Fishing Classic, Roche Harbor; Nov. 5-6, Bayside Marine Derby in Everett; Dec. 2-3, Resurrection Salmon Derby, Friday Harbor. For more information, go to

NMTA Salmon Derby Series.

(Photo by Tony Floor)

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