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By Dan Rudy 

Sunny weather great for fishing, possible problem for fish


Anglers of all ages took to the water over the Memorial Day weekend, hoping to land a salmon fit for the special first prize awarded during Wrangell’s 63rd Annual King Salmon Derby.

Chad Smith won the $2,500 weekend prize with a 42.7-pound specimen, and propelled himself to first place in the derby bracket. Ending June 7, this year’s first-place fish earns its captor a $6,000 prize.

Thirty-seven fish were weighed in between Friday and Monday, though it is likely many more were caught. Derby participants have a tendency to not weigh in fish not considered contenders for cash prizes, tho...

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