Westport Marina’s Salmon Derby

Westport, Washington Boat Basin and Marina

Westport’s “Boat Basin Salmon Derby” offers chance to win up to $2,000
Annual fishing contest offers cash and prizes for the largest Chinook and Coho salmon caught inside the marina,s walls.

Westport, Washington – The coastal town of Westport welcomes returning salmon for the annual Boat Basin Salmon Derby scheduled to run from Sept. 15 until Oct. 31.

No derby ticket needed !

This year’s derby starts this Sunday, Sept. 15, and will end on Oct. 31. Participants are not required to purchase tickets to participate in the derby. Fishers will, instead, enter their catches for free and vie for merchandise and services prizes provided by local merchants.

Fish are weighed ‘in the round. Just get down there, start casting, land your salmon and take it directly to this year’s Westport Marina Salmon Derby weigh-in station at the floating Seafood Connection Market on Float 8, Slip G nearby.

Salmon Tales Derby

There will be an additional derby held on September 28 and 29 during the Salmon Tales Festival. If you catch a fish inside the boat basin during that time, take it to the Maritime Museum Gazebo to weigh in for the special derby competition.

Generational Derby

Another special weekend Derby also is planned for Oct 5 & 6. Age-appropriate prizes will be awarded to winning two- or three-person teams consisting of at least one adult and one child. Again, it’s free and there’s no need to sign up until you bring your fish in for weighing.

Derby rules:

• All salmon must be caught in the Westport Boat Basin. Fishing is open seven days a week, with a state-mandated allowable catch of 6 salmon (no more than 4 adults) that are 12 inches or more in length. Note that Grays Harbor is closed for Chinook other than in the Westport Marina.

• Contestants must land their own fish using sport fishing tackle.

• Help with netting or gaffing is permitted.

• Fish that are snagged, netted or caught by other illegal methods will be disqualified.

• The Seafood Connection judges will have the final decision in all cases. Prizes will be awarded for the largest salmon, judged by weight. In the case of a tie, the winner will be judged by length. Only one prize per fisher will be awarded.

Weigh-in rules

• Seafood Connection is the official weigh-in station. It is located on Float 8, Slip G.

• All salmon will be weighed in between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week.

• Following weigh-in, participants may not field-dress their fish on any float, the marina bankline or discard any fish parts into marina waters.

Violation of any rule is subject to suspension from the competition.

Derby winners

Winners will be determined at the close of the Derby at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, and they will be notified by phone, email or mail by Nov. 10.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three fish of the season in the Adult Division, as well as for the top fish in the Junior Division – ages 15 and under.

The returning Westport salmon were fingerlings reared in pens three years ago and released under the direction of Ocosta High School conservation classes and the Humptulips Hatchery. After their time at sea, the salmon come back into the Marina – with the Coho salmon returning now.
You don’t need a boat, you can just a fish from the dock.

Last year’s winning Coho weighed in at more than 17.5 lbs !

I was down at the marina last year and you could see salmon schools with literally tens of thousands of fish just off the floats over by the Half Moon Bay Bar and Grill. This derby promises to be an excellent year for anglers as well. There is a limit of six fish, four adults and two jacks.”

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