- June 25, 2018: The next Olympic Salmon Derby dates have been set! Dates will be March 8-10, 2019.
- May 30, 2018: Six $1,000 scholarships were awarded to outstanding senior at Sequim High School by GSDA President Kathy Watrous and Treasurer Pete Erickson.
- April 7, 2018: The GSDA Derby Appreciation Dinner was held on April 7 at the Gardiner Community Center.
- February 24, 2018: The 2018 Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby will be March 9-11, 2018. Ticket Sales will conclude at our retail locations on March 5, 2018, however online sales will continue through 3/7/18. please refer to the ticket tab on our website for retailer information or online ticket sales.
- February 15, 2017: BREAKING NEWS: Due to the late opening of Marine Area 9, derby ticket sales have been extended for online sales through 9pm on Thursday, February 16, and limited tickets will be available at all weigh stations except Freshwater Bay on Friday morning, February 17 from 7am to 10am, cash only.
- February 14, 2017:The Team Lowrance and Team Simrad boats will be at Port Townsend’s Point Hudson Marina docks Slip 2A on Saturday 18 Feb at 3PM at the close of fishing demonstrating what’s new in marine electronics. This is a great chance to come aboard the boats and see how the latest electronics can help improve your fishing. We can also update your Lowrance unit with the most current software and by use of a new tool design a Lowrance or Simrad system for your boat and e-mail you the design with a parts list. Lowrance is also providing a Sonar/GPS unit as a derby prize.
- February 9, 2017: WDFW has issued a fishing rule change for Marine Area 7. Area 7 will close to salmon fishing effective February 11. A small part of the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby in the Hein Bank area is within Area 7and will not be included in this year’s derby due to this closure. Please refer to WDFW’s website for additional information.
- February 8, 2017: WDFW has issued two fishing rule changes that pertain to our derby. Area 9 will be open for our derby! Please refer to WDFW’s website,http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/ for additional information:
1. Marine Area 9 salmon season re-opening Feb. 16
Marine Area 9 will re-open Feb 16. The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 9 will be 1 chinook, with an overall 2-salmon limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released. Effective Date: Feb 16 through April 15, 2017.
2. Anglers limited to 1 chinook per day in Marine Area 6
The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 6 will be reduced to 1 chinook, with an overall 2-salmon limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released. Effective Date: Feb 16 through April 15, 2017.
- A line was omitted on our derby brochure schedule. Please note that fishing times are daylight to 3pm Friday and Saturday, but Sunday fishing time is daylight to 1pm.
- Due to the WDFW Fishing Rule Change, Marine Area 9 will not reopen on January 16 as originally scheduled and may not be available for our derby February 17-19. We are closely monitoring this situation and will post updates as they become available. This does not effect Marine Ares 6 and 7.
- Tickets for the 2017 Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby will be available December 15, 2016 through February 15, 2017. Derby dates are February 17-18-19, 2017.
- Many Thanks to Marcus of AngleMaiden for his last-minute prize donation of hook sharpeners, awarded among several of our Derby prize winners. Due to the last minute hectic nature of the Derby Award process, there was not enough time to add their names to the published Prize List. We do appreciate your support.
- The 2016 Derby is over. Danny Thomas from Anacortes wins the big prize with his 20.70 lb. blackmouth salmon. Congratulations!!
- In a discussion with a WDFW warden this morning, we have been advised that anglers who catch their limit in a marine area allowing TWO (2) blackmouth SALMON, can then proceed NON-STOP to a weigh station in Marine area 6 for weighing in, and adding to the fish ladder.
- Fish ladder is alive! First fish caught weighed in at john Wayne Marina.See Results page for weight.
Reports received that its WINDY out there. No Kidding!
- Less than a week to go! Ticket sales close at midnight Wednesday Feb. 17th. Don’t miss the opportunity of big prizes and an exciting 3-day weekend out fishing.
- The Port Of Port Townsend has just advised that their Boat Ramp will continue to have limited access until Feb 18th, while the contractor works on the final expansion phase. Just something to consider if you are planning on launching from that location early on Friday, 19th.
- Received an interesting e-mail from David Croonquist on the large numbers of sub-legals this year and the associated large number of ‘encounters’ that have resulted in WDFW reducing the catch limit about a week ago down to 1 marked blackmouth/per angler/per day. He offers ” I understand 5″+ spoons and plugs of the same size or bigger will help based on the WDFW test boat fisheries and my personal experience on the water. Hootchies, coho killers, and smaller baits, while they do catch fish, seem to take an inordinate number of shakers.” I must agree with Dave that anglers should do whatever they can to reduce ‘encounters’, with the goal of extending fishing seasons for all of us. While I would not dream of suggesting ‘tactics’ to Derby anglers, this is offered merely as an idea to consider as we go forward in 2016 and beyond.
- Based on this latest WDFW announcement, the 2016 Olympic Peninsula Derby remains on schedule for the Feb. 19-21 weekend.” WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
http://wdfw.wa.govFebruary 9, 2016Salmon season closes Feb. 22 in Marine Area 6 (East Juan de Fuca Strait)Action: Closes fishing for salmon in Marine Area 6.Effective Date: Feb. 22 through April 10, 2016.Species affected: Salmon.Location: Marine Area 6 within Puget Sound.Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, WDFW and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number (2,586) of chinook encounters – retaining or releasing fish – anglers are allowed in Marine Area 6. Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers have caught and/or released 1,812 chinook and are expected to reach the limit for chinook encounters by Feb 22. WDFW is closing salmon fishing in Area 6 on Feb. 22 to ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans.Other information: The daily catch limit for chinook salmon in Marine Area 6 (East Juan de Fuca Strait) is at 1 fish, with a 2 salmon limit. All wild chinook salmon must be released.WDFW will continue to evaluate the fishery and may consider reopening if additional encounters in Area 6 are available after the fishery closes. Salmon fishing remains open in other areas such as marine areas 7 and 9 and opens Feb. 16 in Marine Area 5. Check the Sport Fishing Pamphlet for details: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/
Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808.”
For anglers wanting further or the very latest on WDFW fishing rule changes, here is the link again to their Emergency Fishing Rules website page:
WDFW Emergency Fishing Rules
- Heads for Science!The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Toxics in Biota Unit is requesting assistance from local anglers to conduct a survey of contaminant levels in blackmouth Chinook salmon from various marine areas in Puget Sound. The purpose of this pilot study is to better characterize contaminant levels in these Chinook salmon that reside in the marine waters of Puget Sound and do not migrate to the Pacific Ocean. These fish are potentially exposed to high levels of contaminants, like PCBs, through the food they eat. Results from this study will augment information on contaminant levels collected in the mid-2000s from Marine Area 10 and provide new information on the contaminant levels in other catch areas. Data from this study will be evaluated by the Washington Department of Health to assess potential health risks to people who consume resident Chinook salmon.As part of this survey, WDFW is relying on anglers to donate a portion of their fish, which will then be analyzed for environmental contaminants. WDFW is asking anglers participating in the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby to consider donating the head and a 1-2 inch portion of the muscle immediately behind the head for contaminant analyses. WDFW biologists will be setup at two weigh-in stations (one at Port Townsend and one at John Wayne Marina) during the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby on February 19 to 21, 2016 to receive and process whole, intact salmon from anglers willing to donate a portion of their catch after the official weigh-in. As a token of our appreciation, anyone who donates a portion of their salmon will receive an official “WDFW Volunteer” hat. Please look for the tents with a WDFW logo at the weigh-in stations if you are interested in donating your salmon for science! If you have additional questions please contact Andrea Carey at (360) 902-2710 or Sandie O’Neill at (360) 902-2666.
- For anglers wanting further or the very latest on WDFW fishing rule changes, here is the link to their Emergency Fishing Rules website page:
WDFW Emergency Fishing Rules
- Some thoughts from a WDFW biologist that anglers might wish to consider for this years Derby.Previous years’ derby data indicates that catch (harvest) per unit of effort is nearly the same between Areas 6 and 9.
However this year’s data and fishing reports indicate that there are more sublegals (shakers) in Area 6.The high number of sublegals in Area 6 will translate into less actual fishing time for anglers looking to harvest legal-sized fish that day as they will have to be check their gear and removing sublegals more often.Area 9 has a 2 hatchery Chinook limitAnglers will have the flexibility to keep the first legal fish to ensure they enter in a ‘Mystery Fish’ while keep fishing in hopes catching a larger fish for the derby.I am sure you will agree that this does offer some more opportunities for fishing, but as a reminder you would not want to take your Marine Area 9 catch of 2 hatchery blackmouth chinook back into marine area 6 for weighing. Port Townsend Fish N Hole would be the best weigh station under those circumstances.
- Its Official – WDFW Announcement for Marine Area 6
WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
http://wdfw.wa.govJanuary 28, 2016Anglers limited to 1 chinook per day in Marine Area 6Action: The daily catch limit for chinook salmon in Marine Area 6 (East Juan de Fuca Strait) will be reduced to 1 fish, with a 2 salmon limit. All wild chinook salmon must be released.Effective Date: Feb. 5 through April 10, 2016.Species affected: Chinook salmon.Location: Marine Area 6 within Puget Sound.Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, WDFW and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number (2,586) of chinook encounters – retaining or releasing fish – anglers are allowed in Marine Area 6. Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers have reached 71 percent of those encounters. The fishery is being modified to control impacts on stocks of concern.Other information: WDFW will continue to monitor and evaluate the fishery in order to help maximize fishing opportunity is available for Marine Area 6. Anglers are reminded that they must continue to release all wild chinook.Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808.
- News Flash!!
Marine Area 6 Rule Change Imminent.
It now appears very likely that a Marine Area 6 rule change, setting a new catch limit of 1 salmon daily per angler will be announced on Friday Jan. 29th and become effective on Feb 6th, 2016. Until Feb. 5th anglers will remain under the 2 salmon/day limit.
This is likely the result of both angler reports and WDFW test vessel studies that show that Area 6 has reached approx. 71% of the maximum ‘encounters’ permitted under the Endangered Species Act. ‘Encounters’ while not an easy term to define, is directly related to the number of undersize fish being caught by anglers but not legal to be kept and so released. The large numbers of undersize salmon encountered and being released in the Straits this year are the real issue along with the low encounter ceiling currently imposed on Marine Area 6!
WDFW rule makers appear to have but two options, to do nothing now and inevitably have to close Marine Area 6 early when ‘encounter ceilings’ are reached, or to reduce the daily catch limit from the current 2 salmon down to a single salmon per day per angler. This latter option has the potential of keeping the Marine Area 6 Salmon season intact, and allowing anglers to continue enjoying their sport and time on the water.
The Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby is proceeding on the premise that anglers will want to fish and have the opportunity to win prizes. The Derby will proceed as scheduled on Feb. 19-21, barring any last minute WDFW mandated Marine Area closures.
If further information becomes available, updates will be posted on this website.
- Chris Bakken – General Manager of Sea Marine, a Full Service Boatyard in Port Townsend, has announced that they will host the Lowrance & Simrad Boats moored at Sea Marine dock at PT Hudson. They will be open for tours and demonstrations Friday night 19 Feb after Derby fishing is completed. We will provide free updates on Lowrance & Simrad units along with pro tuning and setup tips. Anglers either need to stop by with their boat or come in with their head unit. Chris can be reached at cell (503)784-2454 or office (360)385-4000
- The Port Authorities have again agreed to waive boat launch fees at the Port Townsend Ramp, John Wayne Marina and Ediz Hook ramp, for the 2016 Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby on Feb. 19-21. Many thanks to the Ports for their support!
- The 2016 Derby dates are February 19-20-21. Ticket sales have begun and will end on Wednesday February 17th.