Wasilla's Don Childs became the fourth new leader in the Seward Silver Salmon Derby since Saturday when he bagged a 17.13-pounder aboard The Troublemaker in Thumb Cove on Monday morning.
Childs pushed Palmer's Richard Jensen and his 16.67-pound catch from Sunday into second place. Anchorage's Nick Hunter is in third with a catch of 16.05 pounds. Last year's winning fish weighed 16.14 pounds.
Competition closes Sunday, with the winner claiming a $10,000 prize and second place taking $5,000.
Derby tickets are still available for $10 per day through sales outlets in the Seward boat harbor.
Seward Silver Salmon Derby
Top 10 -- 1) Don Childs, Wasilla, 17.13; 2) Richard Jensen, Palmer, 16.67; 3) Nick Hunter, Anchorage, 16.05; 4) Cathleen Vestral, Anchorage, 15.79; 5) Kevin Cabalbal, Anchorage, 15.78; 6) Wesley Hixson, Palmer, 15.35; 7) Erik Johnson, Anchorage, 15.24; 8) Ben Dubbe, Homer, 15.18; 9) Tim Dougherty, Anchorage, 15.16; 10) Nick Tallman, Seward, 15.15.
Limits to increase
Anglers fishing for coho salmon in the waters of Fish Creek, Cottonwood Creek and Wasilla Creek will have more time to catch more fish, starting Saturday.
The waters open to salmon fishing at the three weekend-only fisheries will add Mondays to the schedule and will increase the bag and possession limit for coho salmon 16 inches or greater in length from two per day to three per day, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported Tuesday.
The changes will take effect at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, with fishing allowed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The changes are due to a strong run of coho in Knik Arm streams. More than 2,900 coho have passed the Fish Creek weir as of Monday. An escapement of about 9,900 is projected by Fish and Game, which exceeds the sustainable escapement goal of 1,200 to 4,400. The Fish Creek weir is a reliable indicator of the coho run strength to Cottonwood and Wasilla creeks based on previous studies.
Once a bag limit of salmon is reached, anglers may not sport fish that same day in any water open to salmon fishing.
Valdez women's Silver Salmon Derby
Valdez' Regina Blood was the big winner last weekend in the ninth annual Valdez Women's Silver Salmon Derby, catching a 15.68-pounder.
Blood's big catch won her $1,000 in merchandise and an additional $1,000 gift card. She beat a field of 700 women who weighed in 511 fish in the one-day event that lasted from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday.
Valdez Women's Silver Salmon Derby
Top 3 -- 1) Regina Blood, Valdez, 15.68; 2) Jamie Arciniega, Valdez, 14.96; 3) Denise Carter, Fairbanks, 14.92.
high school football
South atop first poll
High school football season begins Friday, and the pre-season edition of the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network's poll has defending large-school state champion South as the team to beat.
North Pole is the top-ranked team among medium and small schools.
Palmer, which suffered its only loss to South last season in a 25-7 state semifinal, is ranked second ahead of Service, which fell 28-19 to the Wolverines in the state championship game.
South opens the season against fifth-ranked East on Saturday.
Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network
Pre-season high school football poll
1) South; 2) Palmer; 3) Service; 4) Colony; 5) East.
1) North Pole; 2) Soldotna; 3) Juneau-Douglas; 4) Homer; 5) Kodiak.