76th Golden North Salmon Derby kicks off Friday

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Fishing in the Golden North Salmon Derby gets underway today.

    Derby tickets can be validated at Aurora Basin, Auke Bay, Auke Nu Cove, Fisherman's Bend, Harris Harbor, the North Douglas Boat Ramp, Douglas Boat Harbor, and Tee Harbor.

    The official weigh-in station at Auke Bay was moved to Auke Nu Cove. The other weigh-in stations are the Amalga and Douglas Harbors.

    The proceeds from the sale of the fish caught, minus the expenses of cleaning and handling, are given to the Territorial Sportsmen Scholarship Foundation.

    "The biggest thing is the fish are sold to Alaska seafood, and the fish proceeds go to the scholarship. We have a Territorial Sportsmen Scholarship Foundation, and each year we give out scholarships to high school seniors and also vocational tech scholarships as well," said Ryan Beason, President of Territorial Sportsman. "So that's the ultimate goal of the derby is to create funds for Juneau's high school seniors and other communities in Southeast as well ... we're coming up on close to $2 million in total since inception in scholarships given out, so it's an impressive number."

    $42,006.90 was raised in 2021 for the Foundation.

    Territorial Sportsman Vice President, Shawn Hooten, said this year's derby is dedicated to Mike Erickson of Alaska Glacier Seafoods.

    Last year, Tiffany Listberger's 31.7-pound King Salmon caught at Auke Bay was the top fish.

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