Stepanenko wins Pelican King Salmon Derby with 42.9-pounder

Posted: Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Hometown anglers swept the top four spots in the inaugural Pelican King Salmon Derby, which ended Sunday.

Karen Stepanenko of Pelican claimed first place - earning $2,500 cash - with a 42.9-pound king. Mini Reinke of Pelican was second with a 40.1-pound fish worth $500 cash, followed by Pelican's Mike Allard (32.6 pounds) and Linda Carson (29.2 pounds).

The fifth-place winner was from outside Pelican - but not by far. Elfin Cove's Willie Huston claimed that spot with a 26.7-pound king. The top 21 anglers received prizes.

The derby, which opened on May 28, was sponsored by the Pelican Visitors Association to offer an activity for residents and attract outside participants to aid the local economy. A total of 79 tickets were sold, with participants from as far away as Washington state and Colorado.

Sixty-three fish were turned in, with a total weight of 1,251.6 pounds.

Among derby sponsors, the Pelican Visitors Association donated $1,500 and the City of Pelican chipped in $1,000 for prizes. Roy's Custom Embroidery of Juneau donated a special "derby jacket" for the winner. Kake Tribal Corporation provided free ice and stayed open longer hours to accommodate derby participants.

For more information or to help sponsor the 2005 derby, contact Norm Carson at 907-735-2460. More information about the derby - and about Pelican in general - can be found on the Web at

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