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Summer Derbies Heat-Up
The South King County, Washington chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers (PSA) will host its annual salmon derby this Saturday, August 1 with tickets priced at $35. More than $7,000 in cash prizes will be awarded during the one-day event, including a $3,500 first place trophy. Category awards will also be issued for veterans, PSA members, and children.
The following weekend, on August 8, the twentieth annual Gig Harbor Salmon Derby is scheduled to kick-off, awarding $6,850 in cash prizes, plus merchandise. The entry fee is also $35.
Both events are part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series, and participants in either derby will be entered to win a 21-foot Hewescraft boat.
A complete list of Pacific Northwest fishing tournaments is available at Salmon University.
Oregon Plans Meetings on 2016 Halibut Season
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has announced two public hearing to gather input on the 2016 halibut season. The dates, times, and locations of the meetings are:
- North Bend, Oregon on Monday, Aug. 3 (6:30 p.m.) at the North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave.
- Newport, Oregon on Tuesday, Aug. 4 (6:30 p.m.) at the ODFW Marine Resources Conference Room, 2040 SE Marine Science Dr.
Anglers who are unable to attend either meeting, but would still like to comment, can do so by emailing ODFW halibut project leader Lynn Mattes at lynn.mattes /at/ state.or.us.
Ich Parasite Found in Klamath Salmonids
Fisheries biologists with California’s Yurok Tribe have discovered an ich infection among salmonids on the Klamath River, the Eureka Times-Standard reports. According to the tribe, the parasite was discovered during a study of fish carcasses last Wednesday. The non-native Ichthyophthirius multifiliis parasite was responsible for the death of tens of thousands of fish in the Klamath river system 13 years ago. It was noticed again most recently in 2014 and diluted with increased releases of water from the Lewiston Dam.
F&O Canada Reminds Anglers to Remit Salmon Heads
Fisheries and Oceans Canada has issued a reminder to British Columbian anglers to remit coded-wire salmon heads as part of the department’s research into the timing of salmon runs in salt and freshwater areas. Anglers can recognize the presence of a coded-wire tag because of the missing adipose fin (located on the dorsal surface of the salmon). Fishermen who have caught an adipose fin clipped Coho and Chinook should remove the head from the fish, and then submit the head to a head-recovery depot.
Coded-wire tags are one millimeter lengths of wire inscribed with an identification number and injected into the nose cartilage of juvenile salmon before they begin their ocean migration. Approximately 5.5 million tags are annually applied.
“Follow for Tackle” Contest Offers Free Tackle
Salmon University (SU) is giving out free Salmon University Tackle Packs to randomly selected Twitter followers as part of its “Follow for Tackle” contest. Each SU Tackle Pack features top-of-the-line Silver Horde and Gold Star Fishing Lures and PRO-Troll gear hand-picked by the Salmon University pros as “essential” for every saltwater tackle box. To enter, anglers just need to “follow” Salmon University on Twitter. Complete contest rules and details are available here.
Cover image courtesy Kris Krüg (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0), Klamath River image courtesy Clinton Steeds (CC BY 2.0), halibut image courtesy Bryan Wilkins (CC BY-SA 2.0).