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Date:
September 15, 2018
Time:
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location:
Lake Sammamish State Park Boat Launch
Address:
4455 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
Contact:
425-287-2370
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Perch Derby at Lake Sammamish State Park

Saturday, September 15

Bring your rods and reels and come out to Lake Sammamish State Park for the first-ever perch derby! Trout Unlimited will be hosting this fishing competition for all ages at the boat launch.

Anglers may fish anywhere on the lake they can access legally. The derby will include two divisions, adult and youth ages 15 and under. Pre-registration fees are $20 per adult, $5 per youth. On-site registration will be $30 per adult and $15 per youth. All proceeds from this event will be used for Lake Sammamish kokanee restoration and outreach.

There are numerous places at the park where anglers can fish from shore as well. Many choose to fish from the beaches or boat docks.  In addition to perch, sport fish in Lake Sammamish include bass, black crappie, sunfish, catfish, and the occasional cutthroat. Please note that native kokanee salmon are not open for fishing and should be released ASAP.

This tournament will specifically target yellow perch. Yellow perch were planted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in Lake Sammamish many decades ago. They are abundant and are predators of the endangered kokanee salmon at certain life stages. The derby will not only help to reduce the number of perch in the lake, but will educate anglers about kokanee salmon and the ongoing work to improve the watersheds and health of Lake Sammamish. More information on Lake Sammamish kokanee restoration efforts can be found online.

Anglers will be allowed to weigh in a max of 25 yellow perch. All fish will be weighed and measured and returned to the angler. Prizes will be given in each division for longest fish, heaviest fish, and highest combined weight of catch. 

A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park. Passes can be purchased at the park or online.