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The Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby winners for the month of July are in.

The Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby winners for the month of July are in.

Michael Claymore from Lake Stevens, Washington reeled in a 17 kg (37 lb 10 oz) Chinook salmon on July 29 taking first place just two days before the month end deadline and a $5,000 prize.

Second place went to Bill Sils from Bainbridge Island, Washington. Sils won $2,000 after hauling in a 16.7 kg (36 lb 12 oz) Chinook on July 18.

American angler Michael Claymore won $5,000 after he hauled in July’s largest Chinook salmon in the Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby.View Larger Image View Larger Image
American angler Michael Claymore won $5,000 after he hauled in July’s largest Chinook salmon in the Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby.

Ucluelet local Romauld Marczyk placed a close third for a 16.6 kg (36 lb 11 oz) Chinook on July 29, taking home $1,000.

The top 15 fish of May, June and July along with the top 50 fish of the season are automatically entered into the 2nd annual Fish Off from September 9 to 11.

The derby is a summer-long competition, with a portion of proceeds going to the Thornton Creek Hatchery.

reporter@westerlynews.ca

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