September 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Free Westport Boat Basin Salmon Derby begins Saturday through Oct. 31
Every fall thousands of anglers head to Westport Boat Basin never needing to leave the dock of the marina for a chance at catching a salmon.
The Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce invites anglers to to the Westport Boat Basin Salmon Derby which begins this Saturday, Sept. 15 through Oct. 31 where anglers fish the inner-marina piers target returning net-pen produced hatchery coho.
No derby ticket purchase is required, and prizes range from salt water taffy, to meals at local restaurants, to overnight lodging. Fish can be weighed in on Float 8 Slip G at Seafood Connection between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Since the 1970′s Westport’s Ocasta High School has worked with state Fish and Wildlife to raise up to 200,000 fingerling salmon in pens at the marina as an oceanography project, and release them when they reach growth goal. When they mature they return in search of spawning grounds and can be caught right off the dock during derby days.
The boat basin is of the most easily accessible spots to catch a salmon right off the dock. The salmon circle the marina and can be seen and caught from just about any dock.
Also the “derby within the derby” is Oct. 5-6, and is a special Weekend Family Derby where teams of two or more family members can register for fun prizes, and also qualify for the regular derby.
A special prize will be awarded to each team consisting of three generations or more, as well as sharing the experience and creating new family traditions.
For information visit www.westportgrayland-chamber.org/.
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