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: For mobile-friendly audio, click here.

Last year’s first place winner was Petersburg’s Thomas Cumps who landed a 45-point-6 pound King Salmon.