SALMON FISHING: South Sound to host 3 derbies in August

It is salmon derby time in the waters of the South Sound. Derbies will take place the first three weekends of August, offering anglers a chance to win a large amount of cash, prizes and a fishing boat.

If you manage to catch the largest salmon in each derby, you could go home with at least $8,500 in cash.

Here is a look at each of the upcoming derbies:


Saturday, Point Defiance Boathouse

The 13th annual derby run by the South King County chapter of Puget Sound Anglers has the largest payout, with $3,500 going to the winner. Fishing will take place from daylight until 1 p.m. in marine areas 10 (Seattle), 11 (Tacoma) and 13 (Olympia). Weigh stations will be set up at Point Defiance Boathouse, Narrows Marina and Des Moines Marina. The awards ceremony will be held at Point Defiance.

Ticket are available at Sportco, Outdoor Emporium, Auburn Sports and Marine, Point Defiance Boathouse, CJ Marine, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Narrows Marina.

Proceeds from the derby help fund the chapter’s salmon conservation efforts and youth conservation education programs.

Information: 206-387-9293, pugetsoundanglers.net, twiest@sooscreek.com

Tickets: $35 per adult, kids fish for free.


Aug. 9, Point Defiance Boathouse, Tacoma

This is the 19th edition of the Gig Harbor chapter’s derby, paying $3,000 to the first place winner.

Derby fish must be caught from daylight to 2 p.m. in marine area 11 and 13. Fish can be weighed at Point Defiance or Narrows Marina. There will be a barbecue and awards ceremony at Point Defiance at 4 p.m.

Tickets are on sale online and at Ace Hardware in Gig Harbor, Narrows Marina Bait & Tackle, Outdoor Emporium, Point Defiance Boathouse, Sportco, and Sportsman’s Warehouse in Puyallup and Federal Way.

Information: 253-255-8168, gigharborpsa.org or jeff@zuniga-family.com

Tickets: $30 per adult, free for youth 14 and younger, unless they are taking part in the team competition


Aug. 16, Swantown Marina, Olympia

The first-place fish will be worth be worth $1,000 to the angler that catches it during the third annual event. The South Sound chapter of Puget Sound Anglers is hosting the event for the third year. The group previously held a derby on Hood Canal, but made the switch hoping to attract more South Sound residents to enter the event.

Fish entered must be caught between dawn and 4 p.m. in marine areas 11 and 13. Fish can be weighed at Swanton Marina or Zittel’s Marina on Johnson Point. The awards ceremony will be at 6 p.m. at Swantown Marina.

Tickets are on sale at the chapter’s website.

Information: 619-994-4319, sschapterpsa.com, nwgriego@comcast.net

Tickets: $25 each


All three derbies are part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series, sponsored by the Northwest Marine Trade Association. In addition to cash and prizes offered by the individual events, the series also is raffling off an outfitted 21-foot River Hawk boat to adults who compete. For the first time, the series also is going to award a boat in the kids division, a 14-foot River Hawk Pro V boat.

Each angler is entered in the raffle for each series event fished.

The series also has the Mercury Marine Salmon Derby Challenge. At each of the 15 series derbies, Mercury will award prizes to the top three finishers in each derby if their boat is equipped primarily by Mercury outboard engines (2009 or newer), including $3,000 for first place.

Learn more about the series, and the remaining events for 2014, at northwestsalmonderby series.com.