Fishermen will work around Columbia River closure
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Despite the recent salmon closure on the Columbia River, the 7th annual Scappoose Boosters Spring Chinook Fishing Derby is going forward as planned. The event will be held on May 3 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Multnomah Channel, the Willamette River and tributaries of the Columbia, according to Ben Denfild, chairman of the event.

Denfeld said the closure may actually work to the advantage of fishing derby competitors by reducing pressure from salmon fishermen downstream.

"It's actually a good thing, in a way," Denfeld said of the closure in affect on the Columbia and in coastal waters.

Proceeds from the derby are donated to Scappoose schools' academic and scholastic programs through the Scappoose Boosters.

Entry fees are $45 and include a t-shirt and dinner. Tickets will be sold through May 1 at selected retail outlets.

A raffle drawing for a 16- foot Fish-Rite drift boat and trailer will held the night of the event (need not be present to win).

The angler with the heaviest fish will win a grand prize of $1,000. Second place will collect $500 while third place will take home $100. Fish weigh-ins are at the Columbia County Fairgrounds from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

In the team competition, grand prize is a waterfowl hunt and three Benelli Nova 12-guage shotguns.

A silent auction will be held during fish weigh-ins. Prizes and door prizes will be awarded during a chicken barbecue dinner after the weigh-ins.

More information is available on the boosters' Web site at:

Questions should be directed to Denfeld at 503-970-3441, or team competition coordinator Michael Klobes at 320-309-6717.

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