The Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby is Feb. 15-17 in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and covers 500 square miles of fishing area.
The derby covers 500 square miles of fishing ground with five weigh stations and a $10,000 first place prize for the largest salmon.
The derby is hosted by the Gardiner Salmon Derby Association, a nonprofit corporation that supports area emergency and other services, and is part of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series.
Cost is $40 for one day or $42.50 online. Tickets can be purchased online until Wednesday, Feb. 12. Go to www.GardinerSalmonDerby.org. Tickets will also be available at the five launch ramps, but ONLY on Saturday, Feb. 15. Ticket sales are limited.
The weigh stations include Freshwater Bay, Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, John Wayne Marina in Sequim, Gardiner, and Port Townsend Boat Haven.
The awards ceremony will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at the Gardiner boat ramp, and the free BBQ begins at 11 a.m.
The derby last year produced a record catch of 351 hatchery-marked chinook, which was the highest in the history of this nearly 40 year event.
That beat out the record in 2011 of 248 fish. The derby had a turnout of 820 anglers, the largest in 10 years and easily topped the 650 anglers who attended last year.
First place went to Jerry Thomas of Mount Vernon with a 15.90 pound chinook, and earned him $10,000. Second was Lauren Selvig of Port Orchard with a 14.80 pound fish and received $2,000. The $1,000 third place fish of 14.35 pounds went to Don White of Hansville.
The average size of chinook was 7.52 pounds, in the derby that is part of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series.
Other top finishers were: 4,Fred Philipsen of Belfair, 14.30; 5, Ralph Thomas of Tacoma, 13.85; 6, Jeff Jenkins of Gig Harbor, 13.60; 7, Mark Reynolds of Port Angeles, 13.40; 8, Mark Griffiths of Seattle, 13.10; 9, Don Arnett of Port Townsend, 13.05; 10, Guy Lipsky of Port Angeles, 12.80; 11, Larry Lack of Port Angeles, 12.80; 12, Ron Lampers of Snohomish, 12.50; 13, Frank Auman of Tacoma, 12.20; 14, Thomas Amos of Port Angeles, 12.10; 15, Ray Lampers of Granite Falls, 11.95.
For more information, go to www.GardinerSalmonDerby.org.