It turns out that in Canada, it’s not that they didn’t catch enough herring. It’s that they were the wrong size.
The new dates of this year’s Golden North Salmon Derby have been set: Aug. 23-25. An event organizer says the last time bad weather caused a postponement was its first year — in 1947.
Historically the derby’s heaviest fish have been kings. This year, first place will go to a silver. Derby officials plan to finalize results for the 2017 derby and announce winners on Tuesday.
Participants in this weekend’s Golden North Salmon Derby must return all king salmon to the ocean unharmed.
Juneau’s Spring King Salmon Derby won’t happen this year, because there aren’t enough fish. State biologists predict chinook returns will be low this year.
The Coast Guard launched a search near Auke Bay for a man who may have fallen into the water from an anchored fishing vessel.
“I wore the same fishing clothes that I won the derby in last time, so that was my good luck charm,” Hass says.
Jody Hass caught the winning derby fish on Friday at 11:53 a.m. and weighed it at Douglas Harbor.
Participants of last weekend’s derby caught about 15,000 pounds of fish, half of what was caught last year.
Jonathan Gunstrom is the dock foreman in Douglas. He and his crew volunteer 12-14 hours each day