The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Annette Shacklett
LOG Editor 

Salmon derby gets underway


For the 60th year running the Seward Silver Salmon Derby starts at 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

This year the biggest fish brought in during the nine-day event will net $10,000. The second biggest fish gets $5,000 and the third $2,500.

Even larger prizes are in store for tagged silvers. There’s a tagged fish that will win $50,000. Another will win Chevy Silverado and one that’ll win a Chevy Equinox. Plus $10,000 and $5,000 fish.

There’s a prize for the biggest fish brought in each day.

In total there are over 40 different prizes and categories to win in the Seward Chamber of Commerce sponsored event, including mystery fish and 49th heaviest.

Derby tickets go on sale Friday night at Derby headquarters in the small boat harbor. Tickets are for sale at locations around town and must be validated before fishing. A daily ticket is $10 and a full-event ticket is $50.

Proceeds from the fish turned in and sold go to fish enhancement programs for Resurrection Bay and scholarships.

Shirley Baysinger’s 22.24-pounder, caught in 2002, holds the record for the biggest Derby fish ever.

An awards ceremony and salmon back is planned for the afternoon of Aug. 16 at Branson Pavilion.


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