The date of the Pikeminnow Derby was incorrect in the original version of this story. The error has been corrected in this version.
CRESCENT BAR — A northern pikeminnow fishing derby will be held May 17 to 19, sponsored by the Quincy Valley Tourism Association.
The derby staging area will be at the Crescent Bar Recreation area boat basin, but contestants will be able to fish anywhere on the Columbia River between Rock Island and Wanapum dams.
All fish caught during this event will become the property of the Grant County PUD and will be destroyed.
All contestants will have the opportunity to win one of two Smokercraft fishing boats.
Individuals may fish as a single or in a team of two, three or four.
Cash prizes totaling close to $9,000 will also be awarded.
Registration fees are $20 per licensed adult 16 or older and $10 for youths younger than 16.
On-site registration will take place from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the public park area at Crescent Bar on Friday, May 17, and again from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at derby headquarters, located near the boat launch. All entrants must be registered by 10 a.m. May 18 to be eligible for prizes.
An orientation for contestants will be held at the Crescent Bar public swimming area at 5:30 p.m. May 17. Registered contestants will be allowed to start fishing at 7:30 p.m.
For a full list of rules and registration forms, visit quincyvalleytourism.org or call the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce at 787-2140, ext. 10.
Seminars focus on Chelan kokanee, spring salmon
Area experts will share their secrets to success for catching kokanee and spring salmon at a free fishing seminar, to be held at Town Ford in East Wenatchee at 6 p.m. May 23.
Bobbie Loomis of Macks Lure will talk about tackle and techniques for catching kokanee at Lake Chelan and other lakes in the region. Loomis is a kokanee fishing enthusiast and has fished for them throughout the western region.
Shane Magnuson of the Upper Columbia Guide Service has been fishing for spring salmon on the Icicle for many years. He will explain how to rig for spring salmon on the Icicle.
Dave Graybill will host the event. There will be light refreshments provided by Town Ford, and drawings for door prizes.
For more information, contact Town Ford in East Wenatchee at 509-663-2111.
Sections of Yakima River to open for hatchery chinook fishing
Two sections of the Yakima River will open next week to fishing for hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon, under regulations adopted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Starting Wednesday, the lower Yakima River will open to fishing for hatchery spring chinook from the Interstate 182 bridge in Richland to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser, according to a press release issued by the WDFW.
On May 18, the upper Yakima River will open from the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap to the railroad bridge below Roza Dam.
Regional WDFW fish program manager John Easterbrooks said the lower river is expected to remain open through June 30, while fishing in the upper section will likely continue through July 15.
“Springers are running late this year, but they’re finally moving into the Yakima River,” said Easterbrooks, noting that state and tribal fishery managers are predicting a return of approximately 3,000 adult hatchery chinook to the Yakima River.
To participate in the fishery, anglers must possess a Columbia River salmon/steelhead endorsement, along with a valid fishing license.