RIVERS ARE RUNNING high, cloud colors are ranging from oatmeal to gunmetal gray and fleeing for a palm-tree shaded beach and tropical drink service seems like a more and more enticing option as the winter slog continues.
For those forced to stick it out until spring, there is a fishing option that would provide the funding for some future fun — tickets for the 2020 Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby are on sale online and at area retailers.
Catch a big enough fish and walk away with the $10,000 first prize — more than enough to crack a coconut in Cancun.
The derby itself will run Friday through Sunday, March 13-15.
A post-derby barbecue is traditionally held Sunday along with an awards ceremony at the Gardiner Boat Ramp.
Clinton’s Mark Thompson bagged the winning blackmouth in 2019, a 19.35-pounder that he caught on the derby’s first day.
He planned to use the $10K first prize with his wife to visit his grandchildren in North Carolina.
Tickets are $40 at retailers and are available on the North Olympic Peninsula at Swain’s in Port Angeles; Brian’s Sporting Goods in Sequim; the Longhouse Market and Deli in Blyn; Four Corners Store, the Fish ‘N’ Hole and Quimper…
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