The big Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a first-place prize of $10,000. Sometimes called “The Ironman Derby” because participants often must fight wicked weather conditions, the event covers a lot of water — Marine Areas 5 and 6, and a portion of Area 9.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife recently cut the chinook limit in Marine Area 6 (the east end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca) from two hatchery chinook to one, and the area closes completely on Monday.
Fishing has been good in the derby area recently. State creel checks counted 13 anglers Saturday at the Ediz Hook ramp (Port Angeles) with eight chinook, and on Sunday, nine fishermen with six fish. Also on Sunday, eight anglers contacted at the Port Townsend Boat Haven ramp had four chinook.
The San Juan Islands also are putting out blackmouth. Checks Saturday at the Washington Park ramp in Anacortes counted 18 fishermen with four fish.