About the Fishing Derby Series

The Northwest Fishing Derby Series is a fishing promotion program directed by the Northwest Marine Trade Association – producers of the Seattle Boat Show – has a new name and includes some new fish species! In 2020, the Northwest Salmon Derby Series partners with 17 derbies or more throughout the region to promote fishing opportunities and events. At the conclusion of the Everett Coho Derby on September 26-27, the Derby Series will award the grand prize boat to one lucky winner!

The Northwest Fishing Derby Series was created in 2004 by the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) for the purpose of promoting fishing opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. In the first year of the Series, six existing derbies were identified to become partners of the Series. Since that year, the Series has expanded to 15 derbies in 2019.

Carefully and selectively, the Series has been very keen to partner with derbies that are wild fish friendly. Each event occurs within the guidelines of open fishing seasons that happen at a time of the year and area where hatchery chinook and coho salmon exist. In fact, all chinook derbies in Puget Sound marine areas have gone to “hatchery fish only” – also known as marked-selective fishing – even during times and places where retention of unmarked chinook and coho are acceptable for retention in accordance with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife rules.

We, at the Northwest Fishing Derby Series and NMTA, are a partner to the protection and enhancement of wild chinook and coho stocks. We encourage anglers to fish selectively and carefully to release unmarked chinook and coho salmon, particularly when the rules require release.

By working with government agencies to protect wild stocks, while accessing abundant hatchery salmon, we believe this formula is the road map to the future of sport fishing for salmon in the Pacific Northwest.