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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby leading hatchery chinook weighs 17.60 pounds

The second day of the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby is underway, and through Sunday afternoon there are 87 fish weighed-in, including a new 15.0 pound hatchery chinook is in second place fish caught by John Calkins of Shelton.

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, 14.25, John Labbe of Port Angeles; 4, 14.10, Derek Madison of Port Angeles; 5, 14.10, Gary Randall of Federal Way; 6, 13.50, Mills McClure of Port Angeles; 7, 13.40, John Scherting of Port Townsend; 8, 12.55, Kyle Kiesser of Sequim; 9, 12.20, Joe Elias of Sequim; 10, 12.15, Hugo Kurosb 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.

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