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Monday, August 6, 2018
By Dave Graybill
The 13th Annual Brewster Salmon Derby was held last weekend and I always like to see the results of this one. It gives anglers an idea of what they can expect when they fish the Brewster Pool for the balance of the season. This year’s derby almost didn’t come off, due to the closure of summer run salmon fishing on areas of the upper Columbia River. The area from Wells Dam to Chief Joseph Dam reopened on August 1st and derby organizers made the last minute decision to go ahead with the derby. Lori Kratzer, one of the derby organizers, sent me a photo on Saturday morning to let me know what kind of turnout they got this year. On Friday, 208 anglers took to the water aboard 81 boats. Not bad. They caught 86 Chinook and 19 sockeye for a total of 105 salmon turned into the weigh station the first day of the derby. On Sunday the results were announced. Taking both the King of Pool prize and the largest adult salmon was Drew Wiltee, with a fish weighing 27.43 pounds. He pocketed prize money totaling $3,500! The youth winner was Alex Davis with a king weighing 21.22 pounds, winning $550.