Widows & Warriors salmon derby set for next week


August 22, 2019

On Monday and Tuesday, approximately 35 service men and women and Gold Star family members will visit Cathlamet for the fifth annual Wahkiakum Warriors and Widows Salmon Derby.

Twenty-six local fishermen have volunteered their time, boats, gear, and expertise to take these warriors and widows, along with 14 local responders out for a day of fishing on the Columbia River.

Several other volunteers work behind the scenes of this yearly event, created by the late Bud Mickelsen as a thank you to men and women for their military service, as well as to provide some healing for those who have sacrificed so much.

“Bud was very thankful for all the ambulance, fire departments, police, and other responders who provide for our community,” Doug Martin, one of the organizers, said. “He felt they should be included. It’s a grassroots event of volunteers and local sponsors, and continues after Bud’s passing, by a large group of volunteers, as a tribute to him.”

“All are very thankful for the sacrifices made by these heroes,” Martin added.

Participants will stay at the Hotel Cathlamet, Columbia River Ranch, and in the cabins at the Elochoman Slough Marina.

They will enjoy a salmon dinner and meet their captains on Monday evening, and then return to the marina early Tuesday morning to head to the Columbia River for a little fishing.

There will be a weigh-in for fish until 3 p.m. Then there will be pizza and awards, including a raffle for prizes.

Prizes include a Kong cooler, a handmade flag quilt, and official derby hats and t-shirts.

Wahkiakum County Port 1 has designated August 27 as a free launch day for all.


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