10-plus-pounder Wins First Bob Heirman Memorial Coho Derby

A 10.24-pound silver won the grand prize at the first annual Bob Heirman Memorial Coho Derby this past weekend.

Alex Davis collected $2,000 for that fish, while Kurtis Crylou claimed second and $1,000 for a 9.95-pounder and Tanya McMillan scored $500 for her 8.80 third-place coho.

The derby was held on three Snohomish County rivers and is named after the longtime local angler-conservationist who passed away earlier this year.

Announced just a month ago, 107 tickets were sold for the Oct. 7 event.

Organizer Mark Spada of the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club, says that 21 coho were weighed in after some “tough fishing.”

Most were landed between Thomas’s Eddy, where Heirman did a lot of his fishing back in the day, and the Highway 522 bridge, he said.

The derby was the first one targeting silvers in the area since 2015. The 2016 and 2017 Everett Coho Derbies were cancelled after state managers closed local saltwaters to fishing because of expected low returns and to protect critically low numbers of salmon headed back to rivers to the north.

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