A five-day salmon-fishing tournament on the lower Rogue River next week will pit angler against angler for up to $1,000 in prizes — but not necessarily for the biggest chinook.
The second annual Lower Rogue River Salmon Derby will run Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 6-10, out of Gold Beach and feature a "blind bogie" format to choose its winners.
Participants will pay a $25 entry fee and fish any or all of the tournament's five days, weighing in all the legal chinook or coho salmon they catch, says Jim Carey, the derby's organizers.
Before the tournament, a group of the organizers will pick a specific weight between 10 pounds and 50 pounds, Carey says.
Whoever catches and logs a salmon closest to that weight will win $500 cash and $500 worth of prizes.
"We'll reveal the magic weight on the last day," says Carey, owner of the Rogue Outdoor Store at the Rogue's mouth. "No one will know until then."
Second place will receive $250 cash and $250 worth of prizes, while third place will earn $125 cash and $125 worth of prizes.
Other prizes will be given daily to the biggest fish weighed in that day, Carey says.
The official scale for weighing will be at Fishermen's Direct seafood. Participants should bring their fish whole for weighing, and they will get their salmon cleaned for free, Carey says.
The tournament's primary sponsor is the Curry Anadromous Fishermen group, and 75 percent of the profits from the derby will go toward operation of the Indian Creek Fish Hatchery, which raises fall chinook for release into the lower Rogue.
The rest of the profits will go toward the sea lion hazing patrol that keeps the big pinnipeds from stealing chinook off anglers' lines during the popular bay fishery, which is ongoing.
Oregon's ocean fishing season for coho salmon was extended by four days to give anglers more time to fill their coho quota off most of the state's coast.
The season for hatchery and wild coho will run through Sept. 10.
The extension was granted by the National Marine Fisheries Service for waters from Humbug Mountain near Port Orford north to Cape Falcon near Manzanita.
The coho season has been slow there throughout most of the summer.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for a landowner in southwest Oregon to serve on a regional advisory panel that helps fund hunting access and wildlife habitat-improvement projects here.
The open seat is for a landowner representative to serve on the Access and Habitat Program's Southwest Region Advisory Council.
People interested in the volunteer post must live in one of the five southwest Oregon counties and have interest and experience in hunting and/or wildlife conservation.
The council holds four public meetings a year to review Access and Habitat Program project proposals.
Applications are available online at dfw.state.or.us, and they are due by Sept. 15.
For more information, contact Vince Oredson by email at Vince.J.Oredson@state.or.us or by phone at 541-826-8774, ext. 232.
A White City gun-shop owner will hold a machine-gun shoot on Labor Day at Reserve Range No. 6 within the Jackson County Sports Park.
Welburn's Weapons will sponsor the annual event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission for spectators is $5 and people can pay $10 to shoot. Children younger than age 15 are admitted free.
Several automatic weapons will be on hand for rent, and demonstrations are planned.
The sports park is off Kershaw Road near Highway 140.
For more information, call 541-826-2999 or see www.fullautofun.info.
Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.