The legacy of a lifelong Snohomish County angler-conservationist will live on in a just-announced salmon fishing derby.
The Bob Heirman Memorial Coho Derby is set for Saturday, Oct. 7, on some of the late fisherman’s favorite rivers and features hefty prizes for one of his most coveted species.
“Bob single-handedly was responsible for more coho enhancement than every other program combined,” says Mark Spada, president of the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club, of which Heirman was the secretary for six decades. “He was tireless in his coho smolt planting in dozens of Snohomish County creeks.”
Heirman passed away in early May at the age of 84. He not only stocked streams but alpine lakes, and fished for salmon, steelhead and trout everywhere in the county from tidewater to foothills ponds to mountain tarns, compiling his stories and poetry in Snohomish My Beloved County: An Angler’s Anthology.
The derby will be held on the Snohomish, Skykomish and Snoqualmie Rivers, typically Puget Sound’s most productive waters for coho, and October’s a good month to hit them.
Presented by 3 Rivers Marine & Tackle, it has a grand prize of $2,000, second-place prize of $1,000 and third-place prize of $500
Tickets are $25, and they’re available at 3 Rivers, as well as Ted’s Sports Center, Greg’s Custom Rods, Triangle Bait & Tackle and John’s Sporting Goods.
Cash prize sponsors include 3 Rivers, Triangle, Ted’s, Greg’s and John’s, as well as Bickford Ford and Dick Nite Spoons.
The derby benefits the club, among others.