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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

John Otness of Tacoma wins $10,000 for largest fish in Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby

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The final day of the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby ended with 217 fish weighed-in, and John Otness of Tacoma was the winner with a 17.60 pound hatchery chinook he caught on Sunday and took home $10,000.

The total angler turnout was 650, which was down slightly from a high of around 800 in both 2009 and 2010.

“It was still a decent turnout of people, and the number of fish caught shows there are fish around to be caught,” said Tony Floor, the director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series.

“I’ve heard of fish caught at the third Hump off Port Angeles, and there was some fish caught in Discovery Bay around Cape George,” Floor said.

Prelminiary final derby results: 1, 17.60 pound chinook, John Otness of Tacoma, $10,000; 2, 15.5, Steven Sevilla of Discovery Bay, $5,000; 3, 15.30, David Hansen of Port Angeles, $1,500; 4, 15.0, John Calkins of Shelton, $500; 5, 14.65, Thomas Casey of Sequim, Lowrance HDS GPS/Sonar unit; 6, 14.30, Cherie Morgan of Renton, Lowrance Elite-5 Fishfinder/Chartplotter; 7, 14.25, John Labbe of Port Angeles, $300; 8, 14.20, Josef Scott of Allyn, $250; 9, 14.10, Derek Madison of Port Angeles, $250; 10, 14.10, Gary Randall of Federal Way, 9-foot custom-tied salmon rod.

This winter hatchery-marked chinook fishery is part of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s “Northwest Salmon Derby Series.”

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 winner John Otness of Tacoma with his winning hatchery chinook.)

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