A quarter century in the making, the 25th Annual Spring Fishing Classic is set for Saturday, April 8.
A fundraiser put on by the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association and held out of Portland, the derby pays $500 for biggest spring Chinook, and gives away thousands of dollars worth of fishing gear.
Topping it all off is the raffle for a brand-new 17-foot drifter by Willie Boats.
“The boat comes with Tempress seats, seat boxes, and a brand-new trailer donated by Clackacraft,” NSIA reports.
Weigh-in is open till 5 p.m. and located at the Airport Holiday Inn, not far from the Gleason/34th Street ramp on the Columbia.
Whether the big river is still open for springers will likely depend on the catch through April 6, when the fishery below Bonneville Dam was scheduled to run through.
Even if season isn’t extended, the Multnomah Channel, Willamette River and Cowlitz, among other waters, are still fair game.
Last year’s big fish was caught by Staci McAdams, a 22.90-pounder, while Jason Berg and crew placed first in the team competition with three Chinook weighing over 35 pounds.
The event raised $60,000 for the enhancement and defense of Northwest fisheries.
For more, see nsiafishing.org.