The NorCal Guides and Sportsmen’s Association (ncgasa.org) is starting a new Sacramento Valley Salmon Fishing Contest, running from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.Register for the event until Sept. 15 at ncgasa.org/product/salmon-fishing-contest or call (530) 923-9440. Cost is $50 per entry, with the proceeds benefiting the organization, which due to COVID-19 restrictions will likely have to cancel its annual fundraising banquet.
The contest’s boundaries start at the mouth of the Sacramento River in Rio Vista all the way through the system at Battle Creek, the mouth of the Feather River to Thermalito Outlet hole, and from the American River at Discovery Park to the legal boundary below the Nimbus Basin.
There are awards for the 10 longest salmon, with a grand prize of a lifetime California fishing license, plus fun side pot prizes for the salmon with the biggest teeth and the best fish that gets flipped into the boat without the use of a net.
You can get more details on the contest – including the rules on side pots and how to provide visual evidence that the fish were caught during the two-month derby period – in a Facebook video from James Stone, NCGASA president and executive director, at facebook.com/NorCalSportsmenAssociation/videos/230022084999004.