Series of salmon fishing derbies comes to South Sound

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comJuly 28, 2013 

If a local angler were to get on a hot streak and find the big fish, that person could take home more than $8,000 by winning each of the four salmon derbies to be held in the next four weeks.

Of course, that would take a considerable amount of skill, and even more luck.

But it could happen.

The South Sound will be the place to take part in salmon derbies, starting with Saturday’s South King County Puget Sound Anglers’ Point Defiance Salmon Derby, and ending with the Vashon Island Pink Salmon Derby on Aug. 24.

Saturday’s event is the largest salmon derby in the Tacoma area, and will again be held by the South King County of Puget Sound Anglers and hosted by the Point Defiance Marina. Fishing for the 12th annual event will be allowed from daylight until 1 p.m. in marine areas 10, 11 and 13.

The awards ceremony will be held at the marina and will include programs for derby participants and kids. There also will be a kids’ trout pond. Food, beverages and entertainment will be available.

One change this year: Ducks Unlimited will not be holding a derby the same day. Last year, the group offered a $1,500 top prize.

The group could not obtain enough funding this year to make the derby happen, said Scott Knox, manager at Point Defiance Boathouse Marina.

The event will likely return next summer, Knox said. The question to be decided is whether to run a concurrent event with the South King County Chapter of PSA or hold a derby on another date.

Weigh stations for the 18th annual Gig Harbor event will be at Narrows Marina and Point Defiance. They will be open from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fishing is allowed in marine areas 11 and 13. The top prize in the youth derby is $100.

The second annual South Sound Salmon Derby, held by the South Sound Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers, will be Aug. 17.

The prize for the largest salmon caught while fishing in marine areas 11 and 13 that day is $1,000. Second place is worth $750 and third place will take home $500.

There also will be a free kids’ derby for children 14 and younger. The top prize is $100.

After fishing concludes, the event will end with a barbecue and awards ceremony at Swantown Marina, 1022 Marine Drive, Olympia.

The run of local derbies will end with the Vashon Island event Aug. 24. Weigh-in will be open from 10 a.m.-noon at Dockton Park on Quartermaster Harbor. The derby is being run by Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness. There are no boundaries for the derby, but only pink salmon can be entered for prizes.

Top prizes will be $1,500, $750 and $250, as long as 200 derby tickets are sold. Derby tickets are on sale at brownpapertickets. com. Upcoming derbies

Saturday: South King County Puget Sound Anglers and Point Defiance Salmon Derby, Tacoma. Top prize is $3,500. Tickets are $35. There will be a kids’ derby.

Aug. 10: Gig Harbor Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby, Gig Harbor. First place takes home $2,500. Tickets are $30.

Aug. 17: South Sound Salmon Derby, Olympia. Top prize is $1,000. Tickets are $25. There will be a kids division.

Aug. 24: Vashon Island Pink Salmon Derby. Top prize is $1,500. Tickets are $25. There will be a kids division.

All four events are part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series features 15 events, as well as a drawing for an equipped 21-foot River Hawk boat and trailer. To learn more about the series, go to

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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