The Anacortes Salmon Derby, hosted by the Fidalgo-San Juan Islands Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers, was held this past weekend and 1,100 registered anglers weighed in 256 fish.
Of those 188 fish were weighed-in on Saturday, and 68 were landed Sunday, which was the most fish caught in the derby’s history.
The overall winner was Scott Fowler of Burlington who caught a 21.52 pound fish on Saturday and took home $15,000.
Coming in second place was Rich Olson of Everett who won $5,000 for his 19.42 pound fish, and barely beat Jay Murphy of Puyallup who caught a 19.1 pound fish and took home $2,500.
The Secret weight category winner was Jerry Schmidt of Olympia with a 7.2 pounder that was worth $2,500.
In the Women’s Division Jennifer Payne of Friday Harbor caught a 14.69 pound hatchery chinook, and won a fishing rod and reel.
In the Youth Division, Seth Baumgarten of Mercer Island caught a 16.52 pounder.
“Everyone I’ve talked to this weekend was having a great time, many indicated that this was their favorite fishing derby,” Terry Nemeth, the event chairman said in a news release. “This charitable community event could not take place without the ongoing support from the Port of Anacortes, the generosity of local businesses, those businesses with ties to the fishing community, and an all volunteer staff.”
The proceeds from this derby fund scholarships to benefit young adults pursuing a career in fishery management and related fields. The Derby has disbursed over $163,000 in scholarships and grants in the past six-years.