The Everett Blackmouth Salmon Derby is Saturday, March 22 with the weigh-in from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Everett Bayside Marine.
The derby is hosted by the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club and Everett Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers, and is part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series.
Fishing is allowed in northern Puget Sound (Catch Area 9) and the east side of Whidbey Island (Catch Areas 8-1 and 8-2) only.
Cost is $100 per boat with a limit of four anglers per boat. Limited to 100 tickets only. First place is $3,000; second is $1,500; third is $500; and fourth is $250. The mystery weight fish is worth $300.
Salmon fishing expert John Martinis will also host a free chinook seminar 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at Bayside Marine, 1111 Craftsman Way in Everett.
Martinis and Mike Greenleaf will discuss how to be a successful chinook angler, and topics will include where to fish, rigging gear, rigging bait and how to select the correct salmon tackle when fishing for chinook. Details: www.everettblackmouthderby.com.
The Northwest Series, which began with seven events in 2004, now draws between 7,000 and 8,000 people annually.
The grand prize is a raffle drawing at the Everett Coho Derby on Sept. 22-23 for a $65,000 fully-loaded 21-foot River Hawk boat. There will also be a sleek fully-loaded fishing Riverhawk 14-foot Pro V boat with trailer given away in a kids raffle.
In order to win the grand prize boat, anglers can fill out a Northwest Salmon Derby Series raffle ticket at any of the 15 derbies (before Sept. 22 when the boat is given away).
Every angler’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail will be entered, free, into the drawing during the derbies. One ticket will be issued per angler per derby. For example, if an angler entered all 15 derbies, their name would be entered 15 times, whether they caught a fish or not during any derby. Remember, in order to win the boat, purchase of a derby ticket from the host derby is not required. One entry per person, per derby.
Any anglers participating in derbies after Sept. 21 will be entered to win the grand prize for the 2015 Series.
Remaining derby series schedule: Bellingham Salmon Derby, July 11-13; Harbor Marine Salmon Tournament in Everett, July 26-27; South King County Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby in Des Moines, Aug. 2; Gig Harbor Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby, Aug. 9; South Sound Salmon Derby, Aug. 16; Sekiu Salmon Derby, Aug. 23-24; Willapa Bay Salmon Derby, Aug. 30; Columbia River Fall Salmon Derby in Vancouver, Aug. 30; Edmonds Coho Derby, Sept. 6; Everett Coho Derby, Sept.?20-21; Bayside Marine Salmon Derby in Everett, Nov. 1-2; and Resurrection Salmon Derby in Friday Harbor, Dec. 5-6. Details: www.northwestsalmonderbyseries.com.