Salmon-fishing derbies have seen a resurgence, and in the Puget Sound region they date back to the 1930s, including one of the largest in history being The Seattle Times Salmon Derby.
That tradition remains intact as the Northwest Salmon Derby Series kicks off with the Roche Harbor Salmon Classic in February the first of 15 derbies held in 2013.
In February 2004, the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA), which promotes the boating industry and related on-water activities, debuted the Northwest Salmon Derby Series with six events.
In 2011, the NMTA hosted 16 derbies and drew more than 7,000 anglers.
The Everett Coho Derby claims to be the largest on the West Coast, and it draws about 2,500 anglers every September. The Edmonds Coho Derby in September and the Anacortes Salmon Derby in March usually host about 1,000 anglers each. The other derbies draw 300 to 600 anglers.
Here are the dates for 2013 Derby Series:
February 7-9, Roche Harbor Salmon Classic
February 16-18, Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby
March 16, Everett Blackmouth Derby
July 12-14, Bellingham Salmon Derby
July 28-29, Harbor Marine Salmon Derby, Everett
August 3, South King County PSA Salmon Derby, Pt. Defiance
August 10, Gig Harbor Salmon Derby
August 17, South Sound Salmon Derby, Olympia
August 24, Vashon Island Pink Salmon Derby
August 31, Willapa Bay Salmon Derby, Tokeland
August 31-September 1, Columbia River Fall Salmon Derby, Vancouver
September 7, Edmonds Coho Derby
September 21-22, Everett Coho Derby
November 2-3, Bayside Marine Salmon Derby, Everett
December 6-7, Resurrection Salmon Derby, Friday Harbor
(Photo courtesy of Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the NMTA)