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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 2, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Everett Coho Derby the West Coast’s largest derby is Sept. 21-22


(Photo courtesy of Everett Coho Derby)

The 20th anniversary of Everett Coho Derby is Sept. 21-22, and the largest coho is worth $10,000 in largest derby on the West Coast.

The grand prize money is part of the sponsorship by the four Everett retailers, which are Everett Bayside Marine, Harbor Marine, John’s Sporting Goods and Performance Marine of Everett.

Cost is $30, and all anglers will be entered into a raffle for an Alaskan fishing adventure presented by Cabela’s.

Kids 12 and under are free, and first place for the largest coho is worth $100, second is $75 and  third is $50.

On Friday, Sept. 20 there will be a coho fishing seminar presented by John Martinis of John’s Sporting Goods in Everett. There is no charge for the 7 p.m. seminar at Everett’s Bayside Marine.

The Everett Coho Derby is sponsored by the Everett Salmon Association and proceeds go to promoting fishing, educational and recreational opportunities throughout the greater Puget Sound area.


(Photo courtesy of Everett Coho Derby)

The event is also part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series, which hosts 15 derbies throughout the year. Drawing for a Grand Prize Derby Series fully-equipped 21-foot River Hawk boat will be presented to one lucky winner on Sept. 22. Anglers participating in derby events after Sept. 22 will be entered to win the 2014 Series grand prize. For details, go to

Donations awarded through the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club and the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club, provide opportunities for kid’s fishing programs, fish stocking of area lakes, fishing events for disabled veterans and service personnel, and contributions to local high school programs have been made possible.

Last year, the derby lured 1,831 adult anglers and 232 kids who weighed-in 1,259 coho over a two day period, which was the biggest catch in about five years.

The winner last year was Harvey Aney of Everett with a 17.08 pound coho, and he took home $3,000. Second place went to Anthony A. Harrington of Granite Falls with a 16.09 coho and earned $2,000.

In 2011, the derby had more than 1,900 anglers out onto the water of Puget Sound and local rivers who weighed-in 673 coho.

In the derby coho are allowed to be caught in certain rivers and saltwater areas. In the derby’s history about three-fourths of the time the winning coho has come from a marine area.

This year’s derby is partnering with the Imagine Children’s Museum to provide a fun family experience. “Derby Days – the great outdoors adventure” will be held at the Imagine Children’s Museum. For details, go to For more information on the derby, go to





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