JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - The 70th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby, thanks to better fish prices and despite stormy weather, brought in more this year than last for scholarship money!
Derby Co Chair Matt Robus tells News of the North that although total poundage was down about a fourth, the 18,000 plus pounds of salmon brought in resulted in a check from Alaska Glacier Seafoods for a little over $24,000.
As expected, with bad weather moving in on Saturday, the bulk of the fish came in on Friday. Saturday saw a decline in fishing, but there was still a mad rush of weigh-ins from fish caught the previous day being brought in Saturday morning. Robus says Sunday was the lightest day for fish to be turned in at the three weigh stations.
Last year brought in around 20 thousand dollars for the Territorial Sportsmen Scholarship Fund.