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Fishing tournament yields whoppers

JIM RICHARDSON and Pam Dickey had the largest salmon in this year’s Wasco Salmon and Steelhead Tournament Sept. 28.
Contributed photo

JIM RICHARDSON and Pam Dickey had the largest salmon in this year’s Wasco Salmon and Steelhead Tournament Sept. 28. Contributed photo

— An overcast, windless day with minimal rain provided perfect weather for the 57 fishermen of all ages who competed in the seventh annual Wasco Salmon and Steelhead Tournament Sept. 28.

Launching was at Heritage Landing at the mouth of the Deschutes River. Fishing was in the Celilo pool in the Columbia River.

Thirteen salmon and one steelhead were turned in and weighed in downtown Wasco at the 120-year-old historic railroad depot.

Grand prize winner was Jim Richardson, park host at the Deschutes River State Park, with the largest salmon weighing in at 22 pounds 12 ounces. He won Andy Nichols’ original glass fish sculpture from Nichols Art Glass in The Dalles, plus a rod and reel for having the largest fish in the men’s salmon division. Andrew Spanne won the men’s largest steelhead with a 11-pounder. Other winners were Pam Dickey of Oregon City, women’s largest salmon at 10 pounds 15 ounces; Christine Hayden of Longview, Wash., had the second-largest salmon 9 pounds 5 ounces. The Tiny Tale was won by Anne Evans with a 1 pound, 3 ounce jack salmon.

The event included food and a silent auction, plus watching the winners of the popular “I, also, fished but didn’t catch anything” category featuring 12 large brown paper bags containing items valued between $20 and $30 each, which were awarded by a ticket drawing.

A donation will, again, be made to Sherman County Food Bank and Wasco’s Railroad Depot and City History Center.

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