25th Annual Salmon Derby On Lower Umpqua Coming Up Labor Day Weekend

Gear up now for the 25th Annual Fall Salmon Derby on the lower Umpqua River, a fundraiser for the Gardiner-Reedsport-Winchester Bay Salmon Trout Enhancement Program.

IT TAKES A BIG CHINOOK TO WIN THE ANNUAL FALL SALMON DERBY PUT ON BY THE GARDINER-REEDSPORT-WINCHESTER BAY STEP PROGRAM, AND DANA CASTLE’S 33.7-POUNDER IS A TESTAMENT TO THAT. HE WON THE 2016 EDITION OF THE UMPQUA RIVER WATERSHED FUNDRAISER WITH IT. (RICK ROCKHOLT)

Featuring $150 cash prizes for the biggest salmon weighed in each day of the Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Labor Day Weekend derby, a $500 grand prize will also be awarded for the largest overall fish. 

Last year’s winner was Ron James whose 26.4-pounder scored him $650, while 2016’s big fish was Dana Castle’s 33.7, a notable catch as he caught it while fishing alone in a 13-foot rowboat.

The derby raises money for local STEP efforts such as rearing and releasing salmon, fish habitat work and public education. You can purchase $10 tickets (or $25 per boat with three or more anglers) at the Winchester Bay East Basin and Rainbow Plaza launch in Reedsport during the event.

For more info, call coordinator Rick Rockholt at (541) 613-0589 or email him at umpqua.rock@charter.net.

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