72nd Tengu Derby Underway

By on November 9, 2017

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Tengu Derby Returns for 72nd Year

Tengu’s 2014 first place winner, Justin Wong

One of the Puget Sound’s oldest fishing derbies, the 72nd annual Tengu Derby, is now underway.

The Tengu Blackmouth Derby had its beginning in 1946 and is open to moochers only; this is a no downrigger or attractor derby that is limited to the almost lost art of mooching.  The Tengu Derby – named after a fabled Japanese character whose nose grew after he didn’t exactly tell the truth – is an appropriate name for a fishing derby.

The derby launched November 5 and takes place over eight additional Sundays: November 12, 19, 26, and December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. Tickets are available at Outdoor Emporium and complete rules can be viewed here.

NMTA Launches 2018 Grants Program

The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) has announced the 2018 grant program for non-profits seeking assistance in promoting boating in the Pacific Northwest. The grants are being awarded through the NMTA’s Grow Boating program. According to the NMTA, more than $1.5 million in grants have been awarded through the program since 2003. This year it will award multiple grants up to $20,000 by mid-April 2018 in one of three categories: Youth Boating, Discover Boating, Boater Education and Safety.

Interested organizations can apply online at the NMTA website. Completed applications must be received by Feb. 5, 2018.

WDFW Announces “Holiday Specials”

The following is a press release from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering anglers opportunities for tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving.

The “holiday specials” include thousands of large trout averaging 15 to 16 inches in length and weighing up to three pounds.

The department is currently preparing to stock lakes in time for Black Friday, Nov. 24.

Additionally, the department stocks millions of smaller trout each spring, many of which will have grown to catchable size.

“This is a great reason to avoid the holiday shopping stress just a little longer and enjoy a fun day on the water with family and friends,” said Steve Thiesfeld, WDFW inland fish program manager.
Some of the lakes scheduled to receive fish before Black Friday include:

  • Battle Ground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County
  • Kress Lake in Cowlitz County
  • Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis County Park Pond in Lewis County
  • American and Tanwax lakes in Pierce County
  • Rowland Lake in Klickitat County
  • Black, Long, and Offutt lakes in Thurston County
  • Elton Pond North in Yakima County

Many of those lakes will be closed to fishing the Monday before Thanksgiving Day until Thanksgiving Day to facilitate stocking efforts as noted in the fishing regulations.


Salmon University Staff
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