Vancouver Chinook Classic 2019

The derby series saw a very productive 2019 season with the NW Chevy Dealer Silverado truck and Weldcraft boat traveling across the Pacific Northwest!

In all there was 14 derbies with a total of 6,176 anglers entered in the derby series up from 4,690 in 2018.

The final event was the Everett Coho Derby on Sept. 21-22 – which lured 1,735 adults and 210 youth (1,694 and 201 in 2018) was Delbert Roesler of Sultan with an 11.25-pound coho he caught on Saturday (Sept. 21) worth $10,000. Also, congratulations to the youth winner Tyler Cheyne with a 10.97-pound coho worth $300!

In all 1,735 anglers turned out for the largest derby on the West Coast with 930 coho weighed-in averaging 5.40 pounds and a combined weight of 5,017 pounds.

Winner of the $75,000 fully loaded, grand-prize Weldcraft boat powered with Yamaha motors on an EZ Loader Trailer was Trevor Everitt of Lynnwood/Edmonds area who entered the Edmonds Coho Derby on Sept. 7.

A huge “thank you” goes out to all our sponsors including Renaissance Marine Group in Clarkston for providing the Weldcraft Boat; Yamaha Marine; EZ Loader Trailers; Silver Horde and Gold Star Lures; Scotty Downriggers; Burnewiin Accessories; Raymarine Electronics; WhoDat Tower; Dual Electronic Stereo; Tom-n-Jerry’s Marine; Master Marine; NW Sportsman Magazine; The Reel News PSA; Outdoor Emporium and Sportco; Harbor Marine; Prism Graphics; and Salmon, Steelhead Journal.

We’re hitting the refresh button on 2020 series and it will be renamed the “Northwest Fishing Derby Series” that will likely include a spring-time lingcod derby in Oregon and a kokanee-trout derby on Lake Chelan plus a couple more additions.

The new 2020 derby boat – a sleek all-white KingFisher 2025 Hardtop – made its debut at the Everett Coho Derby and we’d like to welcome our newest sponsor SHOXS Seats ( that are engineered for maximum comfort in the roughest of seas.

Anglers can also start looking at 2020 with dates finalized for Resurrection Salmon Derby on Feb. 1-2; Friday Harbor Salmon Classic on Feb. 6-8; and Roche Harbor Salmon Classic on Feb. 13-15. For details, go to

In the meantime, take a chance to get out on the water as there’s nothing more enjoyable than a feisty coho or chum salmon tugging on the end of your fishing line.

I’ll see you on the water!