The very popular G.R.WB STEP chapter is holding it’s annual Labor Day Weekend Salmon Derby. The initials in the STEP chapter name stand for Gardiner, Reedsport and Winchester Bay. The derby goes from daybreak until 6 pm on Saturday; from daybreak until 6 pm on Sunday and from daybreak until noon on Monday (Labor Day).
The way to win $650 is to catch the heaviest salmon in the two and a half day tournament. That fish is worth $150 for being the heaviest salmon weighed in that day and an additional $500 for being the heaviest salmon taken in the entire tournament.
Of course none of this can take place without first buying a derby ticket which costs $10 for an individual ticket and $25 for a boat ticket (which can be three or more people).
While fishing guides are not eligible to purchase boat tickets, their individual customers certainly are.
In addition to the heaviest salmon taken each day, there will be three $100 prizes given to anglers who weigh in salmon during the derby. Each salmon an angler weighs in gives him/her one more chance to win. There will also be $100 award given to the contest entrant who’s ticket stub is drawn.
For the first time, the derby awards ceremony will be held in Winchester Bay at the Marina Activity Center (MAC) and the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) will cohost the event.
The BBQ starts at 12:00 Noon and the STEP Derby Award Ceremony will be at 1:00 PM. Bedrocks will provide hamburgers, sausage, and salads for $10.00 per plate. Beer and wine can be purchased, separately. STEP will have number of raffle prizes and CCA, Oregon will run a silent auction for a number of items. The BBQ is optional and we would like all of the local community to come to this event to support the South Coast Chapter of CCA, Oregon and the Gardiner, Reedsport, Winchester Bay STEP. If you have any questions, call Steve Godin at: 541-255-3383.
The South Coast Chapter of CCA, Oregon is focused on providing more fishing opportunity to sport fishermen from Florence to Port Orford.