Salmon derby set to go
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Sport fishing seems to have picked up by some accounts in the Petersburg area just in time for the 32nd annual Salmon Derby. The four-day Chamber of Commerce event usually draws hundreds of anglers from Petersburg as well as out-of-town visitors. This year, anglers are limited to one king salmon per day under state rules.
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The derby entrants with the biggest fish can win a variety of prices including five or ten thousand dollars if they catch one of the elusive tagged fish. Volunteers quickly caught, tagged, and released the two tagged kings in Frederick Sound Wednesday morning. Matt Lichtenstein spoke with Derby Committee Chair Ron Loesch about the upcoming contest, which starts Friday morning:
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Last year’s first place winner was Petersburg’s Thomas Cumps who landed a 45-point-6 pound King Salmon.
The Sitka Conservation Society and U.S. Forest Service are holding meetings this week on two wilderness areas near Wrangell and Petersburg.
The conservation group is hoping to hear observations on use and conditions in the Stikine-Leconte wilderness near Wrangell and the Petersburg Creek-Duncan Salt Chuck wilderness on Kupreanof Island near Petersburg. more
Commercial Dungeness crabbers have a full two-month summer and two-month fall season for most of Southeast Alaska again this year. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced this week the summer season would continue through August 15 and a fall season is planned for October and November. The season length is set based on the catch from the first week of fishing. Crabbing opened on June 15th. more