Rogue River Salmon Derby, June 12. Is open to all this year

The Rogue River Guides Association is sponsoring a revision of a salmon derby they have held in years past. This year anyone can participate and the cost is only $20 per person. Called the first Rogue River Salmon Derby, it replaces the derby where you had to hire a guide and the number of participants was limited.

The new derby allows salmon fishing anywhere on the Rogue above Graves Creek, which is almost 30 miles  below Grants Pass and the start of the Wild and Scenic part of the Rogue River. There will be over $1,000 in prizes and for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place biggest salmon.

Tickets are available at many locations. Some of those include Blackbird, Pat’s Hand Tied Flies, Rogue Rods, Touvelle Tavern, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Willie’s Boats, Fish Rite Boats, Highway Products, Fishing Hole, and several other locations.

Gene Gros, president of the Rogue River Guides Association, said there are more fish coming up the river this year than probably he has seen in a dozen years. Gross noted that the day of the derby, June 12, is also free fishing day and he said that means no license or salmon tag is needed for that day.

Make sure you get your tickets by June 11. If you catch a fish, bring it to Touvelle Tavern for the weighin- gilled and gutted before 3 p.m.

The Rogue River Guides Association was founded in 1971 to enhance Rogue River fishing and rafting experience and to give back to the community by helping local ODFW fish enhancement projects. The guides have given manpower and money for fishing counting station, fish rearing projects and hatchery cleanup days. They initiated annual river cleanup days and float trips for special needs students. Money has gone to Oregon State Police for night-vision glasses, to high schools for boots for their fish enhancement projects and to the sea lion patrol in Gold Beach. Most of the money for these projects comes from the annual salmon derby.

Some of the charter members of the organization are Irv Urie, Kern Grieve, Jack Burns, Paul Brown, Ed Inman and Willie Illingworth (now deceased.)

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By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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