The Anacortes Salmon Derby is March 29-30, and tickets are now on sale.
This derby is highly popular and typically sells out quickly, and is limited to 1,000 entries.
The derby offers $25,000 in purse money with lots of merchandise prizes. There are also special prize categories for women, youth, and active military.
Last year’s derby saw a record catch by 1,100 registered anglers who 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 cost of $60 per angler includes free launching at Cap Sante Marina; three night’s moorage; GAFFF (a free Friday night fishing film festival); Saturday night no-host social with snacks; and a Sunday BBQ lunch.
The derby is hosted by volunteer members of the Fidalgo-San Juan Islands Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers. Proceeds of the derby go to funding for scholarships that benefit students pursuing careers in fishery management and related science. Nearly $200,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded.
Purchase tickets at LFS in Bellingham; Holiday Sports in Burlington; Ace Hardware in Anacortes and Friday Harbor; Ted’s Sport Center in Lynnwood; Johns Sporting Goods in Everett; Outdoor Emporium in Seattle; and SportCo in Fife.
For more information, go to www.anacortessalmonderby.com.