Tickets on sale for coho salmon derby

The Whidbey Island Coho Derby returns to the island Saturday, Sept. 17.

The derby is hosted by the Sons of the American Legion, the Puget Sound Anglers and Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club.

A trophy and a $300 cash prize will be awarded for the largest Coho salmon. Additional cash prizes of $200 for second place and $100 for third may be won.

Other merchandise can be won for smaller salmon. A door prize raffle also will be held among derby ticket holders during the awards presentation.

Tickets are $5 per entry, with a maximum of two entries per person, and are available at Freeland Ace Hardware, Oak Harbor Ace Hardware, American Legion Post No. 141, Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club, Sebo’s Do-It-Center and the Short Stop.

Participants must purchase a ticket prior to the derby. Fishers may cast in the waters around Whidbey Island (Fishing areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9) with sport gear (rod and reel). Only coho salmon may be entered.

Weigh-in will be at Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17. The awards ceremony will follow weighing at 4:30. Participants must be present to win a prize.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase starting at noon.

For further information, email derby chairman John Lutch at


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