Derby Days: Chasing the Prize - CPHM
Join the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum as we explore the history of "Derbyville" and the early years of salmon derbies, commercial fishing, and the emergence of the charter-boat fishing industry on the Long Beach Peninsula. This exhibit will be on view August 4 - October 7, 2017.
Through angling developed centuries ago, the rise of recreational fishing as a popular pursuit took on a new dimension in the years after World War II. Towns such as Ilwaco and Chinook began to see new potential in recreational salmon fishing as an opportunity for business development. Salon derbies were begun as a way to exploit rising interest in recreational fishing. Other fishing derbies took hold on the Peninsula including the Surf Perch Derby and the Black Lake Fishing Derby. In the early years, commercial fishing took sport-fishing customers out in their boats. Recreational fishermen arrived by the hundreds with their own small boats and launched right off the shore at what was called “Derbyville” (between Point Ellice and McGowan). Soon, knowledgeable fishermen took advantage of expanding opportunity by offering charter services. Thus emerged the charter-boat fishing industry, which has been a mainstay of the business landscape of Ilwaco for decades.