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February 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

17.60-pound hatchery chinook still leads in Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby with one day to go

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The second day of the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby is completed, and through Sunday afternoon there were 158 fish weighed-in (55 of those were caught on Saturday).

A derby spokesman said there was really a good showing for a derby that started out with some dicey weather. Last year, there was 108 fish caught on Sunday.

The current leader is a 17.60 pound hatchery chinook caught John Otness of Tacoma on Sunday.

The derby’s final day is Monday, and the awards ceremony will be held 2 p.m. at the Gardiner boat ramp.

Derby leaders: 1, 17.60 pound chinook, John Otness of Tacoma Sun; 2, 15.0, John Calkins of Shelton; 3, 14.65, Thomas Casey of Sequim; 4, 14.30, Cherie Morgan of Renton; 5, 14.25, John Labbe of Port Angeles; 6, 14.20, Josef Scott of Allyn; 7, 14.10, Derek Madison of Port Angeles; 8, 14.10, Gary Randall of Federal Way; 9, 13.65, Tom Piscetelli of Port Orchard; 10, 13.50, Mills McClure of Port Angeles.

This winter hatchery-marked chinook fishery is part of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s “Northwest Salmon Derby Series,” and covers 500 square miles of fishing area, with five weigh stations, and a $10,000 first prize.

This event is hosted by the Gardiner Salmon Derby Association, a nonprofit corporation that supports area emergency and other services.

For more information, visit the Gardiner Salmon Derby website.

(Photo courtesy of the Gardiner Bay Salmon Derby Association, and pictured is current leader John Otness of Tacoma.)

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