Eric Halstead leads salmon derby at 43.4 pounds

Eric Halstead was at the top of the Wrangell King Salmon Derby scoreboard with a 43.4-pound catch as of Sunday evening, five days into the competition.

The derby runs through July 3, with $7,900 in cash prizes.

As of Sunday evening, 27 salmon had been entered, according to the chamber of commerce, which sponsors the event. Halstead hooked his salmon last Friday, near Blake Island.

Stanley Johnson, of Wyoming, was in second place, with a 41.8-pound king that he caught near Found Island on Sunday. He won $500 for catching the largest fish on Father’s Day.

Dave Svendsen was in third, at 39.9 poun...


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