While working the Portland Sportsman’s Show last February, I had the privilege of talking to many fellow kokaholics from the great state of Washington about our mutual passion for targeting kokanee. I then spent the summer putting on kokanee seminars up and down the I5 corridor in both Oregon and in Washington. One common theme while in Washington was that I was repeatedly asked when there would be a Kokanee Power Organization in Washington. They were excited to see kokanee derbies like we have been enjoying down here in Oregon.
Initially, we here in Oregon were jealous of the great derbies put on by Kokanee Power of California. In fact, our club was started to accomplish just that one item. We have since expanded that idea, putting on four derbies a year with the proceeds from those fund raising events going towards improvements in our Oregon inland fisheries through volunteer labor and funds, both provided by our club.
While browsing through twitter posts, I came across a tweet by a restaurant manager in Issaquah in regards to the decline of kokanee in Lake Sammamish. I exchanged emails with the person and in the process got on the band wagon to get a Kokanee Power Washington started. The response has been substantial with interested individuals and families located all over the state.
Kokanee Power of Oregon has agreed to put up the money to form a non profit organization for the state of Washington. There needed to be a few individuals willing to step up and be the initial officers to form the corporation and get the ball rolling. Richard Kennedy has stepped forward and is willing to be the temporary President of the organization so that there will be an umbrella for the club to be formed under. Once the corporation is formed, members can sign up and pay dues to initially fund the club. Mack’s Lure and Shasta Tackle have both offered to assist both financially, with products for the derbies, promotion of the club and with sound business advice while the club is in it’s infancy.
The club can hit the ground running with derby fishing since the core group has already hosted a derby at Lake Merwin. There are many more lakes in Washington that contain kokanee and are in close proximity to the population centers. I will post the contact information for Richard at the end of this post as well as the forum where you can discuss this important club online.
In order for this club to be successful, it will need members who are excited about the sport of kokanee fishing and who want to see the generations to come be able to enjoy this wonderful sport.
Kokanee Power of Oregon has agreed to turn over all of the documents developed by our club such as derby signup applications, membership applications, etc.. to shorten the learning curve and prevent Washington’s club having to recreate the wheel.
To contact Richard, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
To see online discussion about the Washington club click here