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Gavin to Present Free Columbia River Salmon Seminar
Salmon University staff member Mark Gavin will present a free seminar on King and Sockeye Salmon opportunities on the Columbia River at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at the Eastside chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers at the Sammamish Valley Grange in Woodinville, Washington. Gavin will provide details on run timing, the best places to fish, proven tactics, plus some guide secrets to improve fishing success, and details on two of the most friendly salmon derbies in the Pacific Northwest: the Atomic Salmon Derby and the “King of the Reach” Live Capture Brood Stock Derby. This year’s King return is predicted to be the third largest ever.
PSA Recognized as “Organization of the Year”
The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) has named the Puget Sound Anglers (co-founded by Salmon University publisher Tom Nelson and other northwest sportsmen in 1987) as “Organization of the Year” as part of its annual “Citizen Awards.”
“Puget Sound Anglers consistently support policies that are critical to stewardship of Washington’s fish and natural resources, mark selective fisheries and hatcheries, and many other conservation efforts,” said Larry Phillips, WDFW inland fish manager, in a written release.
Other recognitions included Dale Schielke of the Richmond Rod and Gun Club as “Volunteer of the Year” and Bill Vincent with recipient of the Terry Hoffer Memorial Firearm Safety Award.
Puget Sound Speed Crabbing Opens Registration
The fourth annual Puget Sound Speed Crabbing Derby, benefiting the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), returns to Everett, Wash. on Saturday, July 9, and has just opened registration. Several sponsors, including Scuttlebutt Brewing and Ace of Baits, have agreed to donate $2.50 to the SCCA for each pound of crab caught, while participating teams are encouraged to solicit pledges from friends and family for the day-long competition. Prizes will be awarded to the three teams who generate the largest donations. More information is available on the Puget Sound Speed Crabbing website.
Southern Oregon Smoked Salmon Fest Returns
The Southern Oregon Smoked Salmon Festival is returning for its third year to Jacksonville, Oregon on October 1, 2016 and has announced a call for entries. Potential competitors must register for the event, proceeds from which support the Maslow Project, by August 16. For registration details go here. Tickets for the event itself are $25 and can be purchased on the festival’s website.
National Marina Day on June 11
The Point Defiance Marina in Tacoma, Washington has released their schedule for National Marina Day, which is coming up on June 11, 2016. National Marina Day is a nationwide event dedicated to grow boating participation across North America.