Three salmon derbies were held over the weekend, and each produced some fair to good fishing for hatchery chinook.
The Bayside Marine Salmon Derby – part of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s 15-Event Northwest Salmon Derby Series – was Saturday and Sunday, and 213 anglers landed 81 salmon with good weather conditions.
The winning hatchery chinook of 14.01 pounds was caught by Joe Stephanson which earned him $2,000; second was Daniel Crawley with 13.07 pound hatchery chinook; and third was James Davis with a 12.76 pound fish. The top team was Team Dr. Evil with 76.01 pounds of fish weighed in.
The Tengu Blackmouth Salmon Fun Derby was held on Sunday in Elliott Bay and 26 members caught two hatchery chinook.
The winning hatchery chinook and current season leading fish was caught by Justin Wong of Seattle – last year’s reigning champion – and weighed 13 pounds, 9 ounces. Justin landed the fish along with his father Benny Wong who also caught another that weighed about 10 pounds near the inner-bay’s east waterway.
The Tengu Blackmouth Salmon Fun Derby is held every Sunday through Dec. 28 from daybreak to 11 a.m. at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Cost is $15 per person, and $5 for kids under age 12. Details: 206-324-7600.
The Jacobsen’s Grady White Salmon Derby was held Saturday out of Edmonds, and 57 anglers managed to catch 10 salmon with the winning fish weighing a little over 10 pounds.
Northern Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 9) is open for salmon Saturday through Nov. 30; east side of Whidbey Island (8-1 and 8-2) is open Saturday through April 30; southern Puget Sound (13) is open now through April 30; Hood Canal (12) and south-central Puget Sound are open through Dec. 31; central Puget Sound (10) is open through Jan. 31; and San Juan Islands and eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca (6 an.7) reopen Dec. 1.
Another upcoming derby also part of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s 15-Event Northwest Salmon Derby Series is the Resurrection Salmon Derby Dec. 5-6 at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, which is hosted by the Fidalgo/San Juan Islands Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.
Cost is $400 per boat with four anglers per boat, and limited to 100 boats. First place is $10,000, second is worth $2,500 and third place will take home $1,500. Details: 360-202-2664. For more information on the Northwest Salmon Derby Series, go to http://www.northwestsalmonderbyseries.com/.