Southeast Alaska salmon derby digest

Note: This is an unofficial listing of ports, dates and leading fish.

The unofficial winning fish of the Juneau Spring King Salmon Derby, held each May, was a 38.4 lb fish (cleaned and gilled), as of May 31.

Wrangell’s salmon derby started up on May 12 and ran through June 10. The unofficial winning fish weighed 46.5 lbs (round weight).

The Petersburg four-day salmon derby started Friday, May 25, and wrapped up on Monday, May 28, with the unofficial winning fish weighing in at 45.6 lbs (in the round). The 309 king salmon entered into the 2012 Petersburg derby is 8 percent below the recent 5-year average of 336 entered fish.

Sitka’s two-weekend salmon derby saw a winning fish weigh in at 41.4 lbs. A total of 597 fish were entered, which is 22 percent higher than the recent 5-year average of 489 total entered fish for the Sitka derby.

Ketchikan’s salmon derby was won with a 43.2 lb (in the round) king salmon, and had 703 fish entered (15 percent lower than the recent 5-year average of 825 fish for the three weekends of the derby).

The Haines salmon derby’s winning fish, after the two-weekend derby, was a 41.9 lb fish (in the round). A total of 48 fish were entered.

Pelican’s salmon derby ran June 1-3 and June 8-10. The unofficial winning fish weighed 26.4 lbs (gutted and gilled).

Juneau’s Golden North Salmon derby will run Aug. 10-12.


Buckwheat Classic registration opens

Registration is now open for the 31st annual Buckwheat Ski Classic. The cross-country ski race will be held on March 25 on the Log Cabin Ski Trails north of Skagway and include 50K, 25K and 10K classic races as well as a 5K kids race.

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Unit 4 fur season to end

The season for marten, mink, weasel and river otter in Unit 4 (Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Islands) ended Wednesday. Beaver season remains open through April 30.

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Fireside Lecture on Southeast’s ancient shorelines

Geologist Jim Baichtal will discuss revising old theories regarding how life adapted to Southeast Alaska’s ancient ice sheets during today’s Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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