After one weekend of fishing, the Sitka Salmon Derby is still a horse race -- so to speak. A 36-pounder is at the top of the leaderboard, but the smart money says there are bigger fish out there, after a non-ticket holder stopped by to weigh his 48-pound fish.
The Sitka Salmon Derby returns this Memorial Day weekend, after a year’s layoff due to the pandemic. Organizers say the 66-year old event is getting a shot in the arm from the recently-announced sport bag limit -- three king salmon a day for Alaska residents.
Yet another Bernhardt is out in front after three days of fishing in the Sitka Salmon Derby. Paige Bernhardt leads all competitors with a 35.6 pound king. Her father-in-law Bob won last year.
Sitka Sportsmen's Association president Steve Ramp, and derby chairman John McCrehin, discuss the 60th Annual Sitka Salmon Derby. 445 fish were landed in first weekend, with the leader topping 42 pounds.
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