The largest derby on the West Coast, the Everett Coho Derby, is coming up on Sept. 24-25, and is co-sponsored by the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club and the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club.
Top prize for the biggest coho is $3,000, and other big giveaways include a raffle for a 14-foot Smoker Craft, trailer, and 9.9 Suzuki, plus as part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series there will be a drawing for a 22-foot River Hawk.
Cost is $25 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free). Tickets are available at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood, Outdoor Emporium in Seattle, Three Rivers Marine and Tackle in Woodinville, Ed’s Surplus, Greg’s Custom Rods, Harbor Marine, John’s Sporting Goods, Holiday Sports, Hook Line & Sinker, McDaniel’s Do It Center in Snohomish, Performance Marine, Possession Bait and Triangle Bait & Tackle.
In the derby coho are allowed to be caught in certain rivers and saltwater areas.
Last year’s derby was somewhat on the slow side, but if there is any positive news is that this summer’s coho fishing has been one for the memory books with good catches last week in the Edmonds Coho derby where 284 coho were weighed-in for 804 anglers.
The one drawback was that the winning coho weighed only 12-plus pounds, and so far this season it seems like it is more about quantity over quality.
So pick your poison so to speak if you’d like to catch than this has been your year, and it seems like the larger ocean hooknosed coho have yet to appear in larger numbers.
That could change quickly as a weather front is approaching western Washington today and tomorrow with rains expected, and that might draw more fish into Puget Sound.
Last year the derby which had 1,586 adult tickets (1,861 last year) sold with 270 kids tickets (252 last year) given away for free.
The total coho weighed in was 225 for adult division and 13 in the kid division compared to 904 and 91 respectively last year. The winning fish only weighed 15.61 pounds.
During the 18 years of the derby’s history about three-fourths of the time the winning coho has come from a marine area.
For more information visit the Everett Coho Derby website.
(Photos taken by Mark Yuasa)