The Fisheries Technology class at Astoria High School is planning to hold its third annual Aquatic Biology Program Fishing Derby Fundraiser at Coffenbury Lake in Fort Stevens State Park April 20.

The students will release about 70 color-tagged 2- to 5-pound rainbow trout – reared by students in the program’s on-campus hatchery – into the lake. Some of these fish look more like salmon than trout and are real hogs, students said.

Fishers will purchase tickets for $10 apiece starting at 7 a.m. at the lake on derby day to earn the right to redeem these specially marked fish for prizes. The derby begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m.

The derby also offers multiple prizes from its sponsors.

The grand prize is a guided winter steelhead fishing trip from David Johnson’s Guide Service out of Tillamook.?Other donors include Englund’s Marine, Bridgewater Bistro, Link’s Outdoor, Western Oregon Waste, North Coast Truck, TJ’s Auto Repair, Norma’s Seafood & Steak, Fort George Brewery & Public House, Brim’s Farm & Garden, Lazerquick, Fulio’s, Silver Salmon Grille, Astoria NAPA Auto Parts, M & N Workwear and Three Cups Coffeehouse. 

Any additional businesses interested in becoming a sponsor can contact Lee Cain, teacher in the fisheries technology class, at lcain@astoria.k12.or.us

Fisheries Technology is the culminating class in a two-year Aquatic Biology program that is a one-of-a-kind offering in the western United States. Because of its hands-on, real-world approach to learning, the projects and field trips the program carries out require materials and expenses above what the current science department budget can cover, so fundraising is a necessity.

The program is deeply indebted to the community, said Cain, and appreciates its support.

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