There are three major salmon fishing derbies coming up in the next month, and this Saturday, Sept. 1, is the Willapa Bay Salmon Derby.
The derby headquarters is based out of the Tokeland Marina, and usually draws about 200 to 250 anglers.
The Willapa Bay forecast is 45,739 chinook up from 33,100 in 2011 and 2010. Add in a forecasts of 170,099 coho and you’ve got a fairly decent return of salmon in this later summer and fall salmon fishery.
“Fishing lately has been fair, and it started off in mid-August very good,” said Tony Floor, the director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association and Northwest Salmon Derby Series.
“It is hard to say if those early fish were possibly dip-ins (bound for the Columbia River and other places south) with local fish, but I know it is picking up,” said Floor who is fishing there this Wednesday through Friday. “I know an angler (on Monday) who hooked five kings and landed one.”
“It is improving everyday and Labor Day is primetimes to fish in the bay,” Floor said.
For more information on the Willapa Derby, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another derby coming up soon is the Edmonds Coho Derby on Sept. 8. For more information, call 206-920-2468 or email email@example.com.
The largest salmon derby on the West Coast is the Everett Coho Derby on Sept. 22-23, which is expected to draw more than 2,000 anglers. For more information, call 425-923-8405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Yuasa)