This website is for the annual Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby. This fishing derby is run each February by the Gardiner Salmon Derby Association. Through 2014, the event was held on Presidents Day weekend, but starting in 2015 the date has been moved to the following week.

The event spans a wide geographic area, from west of Port Angeles to Whidbey island, and is centered on Gardiner Washington. Gardiner is located in Jefferson County on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula – on beautiful Discovery Bay which opens onto the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The nonprofit salmon derby generates funds to support emergency and other services that benefit the community.

The 2016 derby was held from Friday February 19th through Sunday the 21st.

Other highlights included:

  • $10,000 first prize
  • Many other great prizes donated by our generous sponsors
  • Five launch ramps with weigh stations:
    • Freshwater Bay
    • Ediz Hook Boat Ramp (Port Angeles)
    • John Wayne Marina (Sequim)
    • Gardiner Boat Ramp
    • Port Townsend Boat Haven
  • Over 500 square miles of fishing area
    • From Tongue Point in the west…
    • …through Freshwater Bay, Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, Marrowstone Island, Port Ludlow, to Whidbey Island in the east…
    • …north past Smith Island to Hein Bank
    • NOTE: in 2015, the state closed Marine Area 7 at the last minute. Be sure to check for any 2016 rules changes.

Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby – fishing in February!