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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby update with new angler in second place

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The final day of the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby is underway, and through this morning there were 165 fish weighed-in, including a 15.5 pounder caught by Steven Sevilla of Discovery Bay who takes over second place.

The weigh-in deadline is noon so there is still a couple of hours left to fish.

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, 15.5, Steven Sevilla of Discovery Bay; 3, 15.30, David Hansen of Port Angeles; 4, 15.0, John Calkins of Shelton; 5, 14.65, Thomas Casey of Sequim; 6, 14.30, Cherie Morgan of Renton; 7, 14.25, John Labbe of Port Angeles; 8, 14.20, Josef Scott of Allyn; 9, 14.10, Derek Madison of Port Angeles; 10, 14.10, Gary Randall of Federal Way.

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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