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13th Annual Coos Basin Salmon Derby This Weekend
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is sponsoring the Coos Basin Salmon Derby tomorrow and Sunday. The angler that catches the biggest fish of the weekend will win $500 from the Empire Boat Ramp to the head of tidewater. The derby begins at 5am tomorrow with the awards ceremony at 4pm held at the Mill Casino in North Bend. A kick-off barbeque and silent auction is planned for Friday afternoon at 5pm at the North Bend Community Center. The derby is held the same weekend as the Coquille Indian Tribal Salmon celebration at the Mill Casino. Proceeds from the derby support operation and maintenance at many Salmon Trout Enhancement Program facilities in Coos County. The derby is co-sponsored by STEP, and the Eel/Tenmile STEP Association.