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Youth-Only Eklutna Tailrace Coho Fishery Set For Aug. 17

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Eklutna Tailrace Youth-Only Coho Salmon Fishery on August 17

(Palmer) – The 2019 Eklutna Tailrace Coho Salmon Youth-Only Fishery will take place from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2019. The Eklutna Tailrace Youth-Only Fishery allows anglers 15 years and younger to fish from the confluence with the Knik River upstream to the pedestrian bridge. The Eklutna Tailrace is located at mile 3.5 on the Old Glenn Highway. Sections dedicated to this Youth-Only fishing are closed to anglers 16 years and up, including catch-and-release, but the remainder of the Tailrace will be open to fishing for anglers of all ages.

“We encourage adults to bring young anglers out to the Eklutna Tailrace on Saturday to give them a shot at catching coho salmon,” stated Assistant Area Management Biologist Samantha Oslund.

Remember, youth anglers do not need a sport fishing license. Anglers are allowed to use bait and multiple hooks, meaning no more than two single hooks or two treble hooks per line. While adults may assist youth anglers with baiting a hook, casting, and landing a fish, youth anglers need to set the hook themselves. The daily bag and possession limit is three coho salmon.

For additional information, please review page 40 of the 2019 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet or contact the ADF&G Palmer office at (907) 746-6300.

The Kid Is Alright! 12-Year-Old Wins Women’s Valdez Silver Derby

Valdez Women’s Silver Salmon Derby champion Maleah Chapin. (VALDEZ FISH DERBIES_


The following is courtesy of Valdez Fish Derbies:


VALDEZ, Alaska – “Being crowned something or anything is just a bit shocking to me”, 12-year-old Maleah Chapin said after being crowned Queen of the Silver Salmon Sisterhood on Saturday in Valdez. Chapin caught a 13.46 pound silver salmon to take the top prize in the Valdez Women’s Silver Salmon Derby and was very emotional as she took the stage to receive her tiara and don the ceremonial pink bathrobe. As soon as 2nd place was announced at the Civic Center Saturday night Chapin and her family knew she was the winner. “Seeing how my mother’s face was, was really incredible. I love her so much,” Chapin said. “Whenever you see somebody and they get crowned for anything, you never think it’s a really big deal. When you actually get crowned, it’s like …wow!”

Chapin won $1,000 cash and $1,000 in prizes from Prospector Outfitters in addition to the tiara and bathrobe. When asked what she would do with the money she said she would use it for school. Chapin’s big fish also won the 1st place daily prize in the regular silver salmon derby and she is currently in 2nd place overall and could win more cash if her fish holds on through the end of the derby September 1st. Rowena Palomar of Valdez took 2nd place in the Women’s Derby, garnered herself the 2nd place daily prize and is currently holding 3rd place in the Silver Salmon Derby. The 3rd place winner in the Women’s Derby was 11-year-old Lily Lindquist of Peoria, Arizona who reeled in a 12.62 pound silver salmon. Lindquist commented. “I thought it was really small, but when it came out of the water it was huge.”

Silver salmon seem to be schooled up out at Goose Point and beyond and scattered just about everywhere in the Sound. “The seiners are really scattering the fish, but they always re-group and follow the shoreline in,” said Charter Captain Sanoe Deaver. “I have even fished at Entrance Island and they are jumping there and I have seen them there. They are working their way in.” Although fishing inside the Port and just outside the narrows was spotty and a bit sparse on Saturday, there was a top 10 fish caught from the shore at Allison Point in the Women’s Derby. Anglers should have great luck fishing from shore at Allison Point and in Port Valdez, the final weeks of the derby. The Valdez Silver Salmon Derby and Valdez Halibut Derby end Sunday, September 1st at noon.

In the Valdez Halibut Derby, Christine Ives of Fairbanks is still leading with the 285.6 pound halibut she caught June 6th. Christopher Barnes of Moorhead, Minnesota is currently in 2nd place overall with a 225.6 pound halibut and Joshua Curry of Valdez is holding onto 3rd place right now with a 213. 4 pound halibut.

Halibut Derby – Overall Leaders

1st        Christine Ives              Fairbanks, AK            285.6 lbs.         June 6              Nunatak
2nd       Christopher Barnes     Moorhead, MN           225.6 lbs.         June 24            Sea Quester
3rd        Joshua Curry               Valdez, AK                 213.4 lbs.         July 21            Mistress

Halibut Derby – Weekly Winners

1st                Thomasz Symanowski  Wasilla, AK                 181.6 lbs.         Aug 9               Jamie Lynn
2nd        Jake Simcik                  Still Water, MN            147.8 lbs.         Aug 5                Halibut Grove

Silver Derby – Overall Leaders

1st        James Scheirel             Paynesville, MN           13.88 lbs.         Aug 8               Sue Q
2nd        Maleah Chapin             Pasco, WA                   13.46 lbs.         Aug 10
3rd        Rowena Palomar          Valdez, AK                  13.34 lbs.         Aug 10

Valdez Women’s Silver Salmon Derby 2019 – TOP 50

1st Maleah Chapin Pasco, WA 13.46 lbs.
2nd Rowena Palomar Valdez, AK 13.34 lbs.
3rd Lily Lindquist Peoria, AZ 12.62 lbs.
4th Sherri Anderson Valdez, AK 12.48 lbs.
5th Beverly Reynolds Tijeras, NM 12.32 lbs.
6th Emily Chase Valdez, AK 11.70 lbs.
7th Verla Austin Wasilla, AK 11.70 lbs.
8th Bernadette Irish Valdez, AK 11.62 lbs.
9th Bonnie Saxum Valdez, AK 11.54 lbs.
10th Mary Stover Fairbanks, AK 11.44 lbs.
11th Bailey Bryant-Alexander Gillette, WY 11.38 lbs.
12th Sarah Sparks North Pole, AK 11.36 lbs.
13th Shelley Greenwood Anchorage, AK 11.24 lbs.
14th Kamille Sickels Grangeville, ID 11.18 lbs.
15th Rachel Sutton Valdez, AK 11.14 lbs.
16th Virginia Miller Shoreview, MN 11.08 lbs.
17th Shannon Heaps Eagle River, AK 11.00 lbs.
18th Sharon Lais Slayton, MN 10.88 lbs.
19th Moya Pilo Quito, Ecuador 10.82 lbs.
20th Jaruwan Kaewprasert Anchorage, AK 10.76 lbs.
21st Margaret Chesley Spokane, WA 10.70 lbs.
22nd Sheila Lint Delta Junction, AK 10.68 lbs.
23rd Tammy Hill Valdez, AK 10.66 lbs.
24th Lori Campbell Fairbanks, AK 10.64 lbs.
25th Brenda Roberts Sioux Falls, SD 10.62 lbs.
26th Chris Palmenberg Arlington, WA 10.62 lbs.
27th Cynthia Clements Valdez, AK 10.60 lbs.
28th Hayley Nielsen Surprise, AZ 10.60 lbs.
29th Jolene Hoeb Columbus, OH 10.54 lbs.
30th Kaidenn Meyers Cottonwood, AZ 10.50 lbs.
31st Tori Waterfield New Port News, VA 10.42 lbs.
32nd Signe Towne Valdez, AK 10.34 lbs.
33rd Kelsey Galfo Valdez, AK 10.32 lbs.
34th Brittany Lais Big Lake, AK 10.32 lbs.
35th Caitlin Neahr Valdez, AK 10.30 lbs.
36th Elaine Jamerson Ellensburg, WA 10.30 lbs.
37th Lynda Hernandez Anchorage, AK 10.28 lbs.
38th Denise O’Brien Valdez, AK 10.28 lbs.
39th Terri Olsen Fairbanks, AK 10.26 lbs.
40th Anne Branshaw Valdez, AK 10.24 lbs.
41st Shawana Glade North Pole, AK 10.20 lbs.
42nd Sarah Arts Eagle River, AK 10.18 lbs.


Slow Coho Run Prompts ADFG To Close Little Susitna To Bait Fishing

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

(Palmer) – In an effort to increase the number of coho salmon passing through the Little Susitna River weir, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is prohibiting the use of bait on the Little Susitna River from its mouth up to the Parks Highway effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, August 14 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 30, 2019.

“The coho run on the Little Su has slowed,” stated Palmer Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey. “Using bait is a very effective way to target coho. By limiting the use of bait, we’re increasing the potential to achieve the escapement goal while still allowing opportunity for harvest.”

Anglers can fish for coho salmon in the Little Susitna River from its mouth up to the Parks Highway using artificial lures or flies. Multiple hooks, meaning no more than two treble hooks or two single hooks per line may be used in this section. Anglers are reminded that the bag and possession limit for coho salmon, 16 inches or longer, is two fish. A coho salmon that is removed from the water becomes part of the bag limit of the person who originally hooked the fish. In addition, a person who takes a bag limit of coho salmon in the Little Susitna River may not fish for any species of fish from the mouth up to the Parks Highway on that same day. Please review page 42 of the 2019 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet for additional regulatory information on the Little Susitna River.

The Little Susitna River coho salmon sustainable escapement goal (SEG) is 10,100 – 17,700 fish. Current weir countsare well below average. By August 6, 2019, as much as 50 percent of the harvest has typically taken place in the sport fishery. As of August 11, only 3,635 coho salmon had passed upstream of the weir and the escapement is projected to be 8,653 fish.

Fish Creek Gets Increased Sockeye Fishing Opportunities (Updated)

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

(Palmer) – Due to a strong run of sockeye salmon into Fish Creek, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is increasing the bag and possession limits for salmon, other than king salmon, 16 inches or greater in length to six per day and six in possession; however, no more than two salmon per day and in possession may be coho salmon, in all waters of Fish Creek open to salmon fishing. In addition, sport fishing on Fish Creek will be allowed seven days per week from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day. These provisions are effective 5:00 a.m. Friday, August 9 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

After taking a bag limit of salmon, a person may not sport fish that same day in any waters open to salmon fishing. Bait and multiple hooks (meaning no more than two single hooks or two treble hooks per line) will be permitted in these fisheries.

“This year’s sockeye run to Fish Creek is solid and has exceeded the escapement goal of 15,000-45,000 fish,” stated Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey. “After a successful dipnet fishery followed by a great weekend of youth-only fishing, it’ll be nice to finish off the season by creating additional sport fishing opportunity for rod and reel anglers wishing to put up a few more fish for the winter.”

The escapement goal for coho salmon in Fish Creek is 1,200-4,400 fish and weir counts to date indicate 1,057 coho salmon have passed the weir at about 18% of the historical run. It is not anticipated that increased sport harvest of coho salmon as a result of increased fishing time directed at sockeye salmon harvest will prevent achieving the escapement for coho salmon in Fish Creek.

The Jim Creek coho salmon run is managed separately to achieve the escapement goal established for that system. Other Knik Arm waters, including the Little Susitna River, Eklutna Tailrace, and Wasilla and Cottonwood creeks remain unaffected by this emergency order.


Larson Creek Closed to Sport Fishing for All Salmon Species

(Palmer) – With low sockeye salmon numbers in Larson Creek, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is prohibiting sport fishing for all salmon species in the Larson Creek drainage and within a one-quarter mile radius of its confluence with the Talkeetna River effective 6:00 a.m. Saturday, August 10 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

“The run of sockeye to Larson Creek is winding down for the year,” stated Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey. “The sustainable escapement goal for Larson Creek is between 15,000 and 35,000 fish. As of August 7, 2019, the weir count was 3,041 sockeye salmon. We need to see more fish pass through the weir. Even if we use a record late run timing model, the projected escapement is less than what is required to achieve the escapement goal. Allowing harvest of sockeye to continue would further limit the number of fish in the creek and have an impact on the spawning population.”

Salmon may not be targeted, retained, or possessed and must be released immediately if caught incidentally. Sport fishing for and harvest of species other than salmon is not affected by this emergency order and may proceed 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day. Larson Creek is in Unit 5 of the Susitna River drainage. Additional regulatory information can be found on page 35 of the 2019 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet.

Celebrating Women And Hunting In Alaska

Christine Cunningham photo by Steve Meyer

Our former correspondent Christine Cunningham wrote a great piece in the Anchorage Daily News  on the stigma and blowback that women  sometimes face. Please read the entire story, but here’s a sampling of Cunningham’s points:

When I told a girlfriend I had gone duck hunting, she asked, “Why?”

At the time, my reason for going was to learn. The idea of hunting – not the reality – appealed to me as someone who eats meat and had not born any of the hands-on responsibility of obtaining it. I was also accustomed to sterile environments at work and at home. Everything on the duck flats was an affront to cleanliness and comfort. Yet, I fell in love with it. …

… It may be worth noting that women have been hunters for a very long time, and hunting has nothing to do with gender. Depending on why we hunt, our focus and our obligations change, and it’s less important how we identify ourselves than how we stay true to the reasons why we hunt.

Sockeye Limits Increased In Saltery Creek Weir

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

(Kodiak) – The recent number of sockeye salmon passing through the Saltery Creek weir is allowing the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) to restore the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon in the Saltery Cove drainage from two fish to five fish. These provisions are effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 9 through Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

“Sockeye salmon numbers have improved in the Saltery Cove drainage and ADF&G anticipates meeting the escapement objective for this drainage,” stated Area Management Biologist Tyler Polum. “As of August 5, 2019, the weir count was 16,215 sockeye salmon. Based on historical run timing, 95% of the run has occurred and escapement goals will be achieved even with increased harvest. With sockeye salmon escapement assured, restoring the bag limit to five fish per day will allow additional sport fishing and harvest opportunities.”

2019 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Salmon Permits Must be Returned by Aug. 15


The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

(Palmer) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) would like to remind 2019 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Salmon permit holders that Thursday, August 15, 2019, is the deadline to report your harvest for the Kasilof River gillnet, Kasilof and Kenai rivers dipnet, and Fish Creek dipnet fisheries.

ADF&G reminds participants they are required by law to report their harvests even if they did not fish, or if they fished but caught nothing. Compliance with the permit requirements is important for future management of the Upper Cook Inlet personal use fisheries.

Participants can report their harvest online on the ADF&G webpage at, regardless if they obtained an electronic or paper permit. Once harvest data have been submitted, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the participant. If you opt to report your harvest online, you do not need to return your paper permit copy. Though online reporting is encouraged, participants may also mail their filled-out permits, with appropriate postage, to the address printed on the back or hand-deliver their permits to local ADF&G offices during regular business hours.

For additional information, please contact Palmer Fishery Biologist Adam St. Saviour at (907) 746-6329 or the Anchorage Sport Fish Information Center at (907) 267-2218.

Senators Murkowski, Sullivan To Host Roundtable Mining Discussion

The following press release is courtesy of Salmon Beyond Borders:

JUNEAU—The day after the 5th anniversary of British Columbia’s Mount Polley mine waste dump disaster, Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan hosted four commissioners from the six-member United States-Canada International Joint Commission (IJC) for a roundtable discussion on the threats B.C.’s transboundary mining poses to communities and rivers along the B.C./Alaska border. The IJC is guided by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909, and is tasked with investigating transboundary issues and recommending solutions for the U.S. and Canada. Alaskans have been calling for an IJC investigation of the abandoned Tulsequah Chief mine in the Taku River watershed since 1998, and for a broader review of the cumulative impacts resulting from more than 12 large-scale open-pit mining projects B.C. is pursuing in the headwaters of the Taku, Stikine, and Unuk Rivers that flow downstream into Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage.


IJC U.S. Section Chair Jane Corwin, U.S. Commissioners Robert C. Sisson and Lance V. Yohe, and Canada Section Chair Pierre Béland visited Southeast Alaska August 3 – 5, 2019, spending time in both the Stikine and Taku river communities. In Juneau, the senators on August 5 hosted a roundtable discussion that featured, in addition to the IJC commissioners and the senators, representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commissioners from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Game, and Environmental Conservation, the Office of the Governor, Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Council of Alaska Producers, United Fishermen of Alaska, the Alaska Miners Association, members of the Alaska legislature and Salmon Beyond Borders.


“We are grateful to Senator Murkowski and Senator Sullivan, as well as Congressman Young, for their strong leadership on this important international issue. We’re also very grateful to IJC Commissioners Corwin, Sisson, Yohe and Béland for making the long trek to Alaska to see the threatened Stikine and Taku rivers firsthand, and to hear the concerns of a diverse set of Alaskans,” said Salmon Beyond Borders Director Jill Weitz, who participated in the roundtable discussion. “This is an important step toward ensuring the Boundary Waters Treaty is enforced and that Alaskan businesses, rivers and ways of life are defended from B.C.’s large-scale open-pit mining just over the Alaska/B.C. border.”


By coincidence, part of the IJC commissioners’ visit overlapped with  the fifth anniversary of the Mount Polley disaster, which released 6.6 billion gallons of contaminants into waters flowing to B.C.’s Fraser River. The anniversary serves to illustrate the serious shortcomings of B.C. mining safeguards and the way those shortcomings could affect and are affecting the Taku, Stikine and Unuk Rivers, as well as the rivers shared with B.C. by Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The governments of B.C. and Canada missed their deadlines to lay charges against Mount Polley mine owner, Imperial Metals, and B.C. regulators now permit the mine company to pump wastewater directly into Quesnel Lake, the sockeye salmon breeding grounds where the spill occurred. In transboundary regions, pollution of the Alaska/B.C. Taku River and the Montana/Idaho/B.C. Kootenai River watershed is ongoing, as B.C.’s Auditor General pointed out in her 2016 report.

“The rivers Canada and the United States share flow over the border — and so do contamination and problems from B.C.’s large-scale open-pit mines,” Weitz said. “The State of Alaska can work with B.C., and that’s important, but it’s not enough; existing and threatened contamination of shared transboundary rivers is an international problem requiring an international solution, and we are gratified that with the help from Senators Murkowski and Sullivan, the International Joint Commission is finally hearing  Alaskans’ and Americans’ concerns.”

Bait, Multiple Hooks Prohibited On Kenai River

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

(Soldotna) – Kenai River anglers are advised that, in an effort to continue protection of late-run king salmon, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is prohibiting the use of bait and multiple hooks in the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to Skilak Lake, effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, August 6 through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, August 15, 2019. Anglers may use only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure in these waters. “Single hook” means a fishhook with only one point.

Anglers are reminded that king salmon fishing closed August 1, 2019, including catch-and-release fishing. Incidentally hooked king salmon may not be retained or possessed. King salmon caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. Anglers should avoid fishing for coho salmon in areas of the river where king salmon are concentrated and to cut leaders or lines to avoid stressing incidentally hooked king salmon.

As of August 3, 2019, the sonar cumulative estimate of king salmon passage into the Kenai River was 9,586 fish. The projected sport harvest and catch-and-release mortality of king salmon in the Kenai River upstream of the sonar through the end of the season as estimated by an inseason creel survey is approximately 507 fish. Projections to achieve the sustainable escapement goal (SEG) have been dropping in August with lower than anticipated entry of king salmon past the sonar. Based on early run timing assessment of the inriver return, the SEG is not projected to be achieved. Restrictive actions to reduce harvest of Kenai River king salmon are being taken in the commercial fishery as well. Therefore, these measures are warranted to continue to conserve late-run Kenai River king salmon needed for escapement.

Women’s Silver Derby On Tap In Valdez

Anglers such as Janet Lehman will take center stage this week at the Valdez Women’s Silver Salmon Derby. Photosby Valdez Fish Derbies

The following is courtesy of Valdez Fish Derbies:

VALDEZ, Alaska – Anglers will hit the waters of Port Valdez and Prince William Sound Saturday during the Valdez Women’s Silver Salmon Derby. Saturday evening the winners will be announced, starting with 50th place and working up to the crowning of the Queen of the Silver Salmon Sisterhood. There will be prizes for the Top 50 fish as well as cash and prizes for the top three biggest fish. The woman who catches the largest silver will be awarded a tiara and signature Women’s Derby pink bathrobe. The theme of this year’s Women’s Derby is “Pajama Party”.

Registration for the Women’s Derby started August 3rd at the Prospector in Valdez and will continue through Saturday, August 10th at noon. Friday night Valdez Fish Derbies hosts an opening celebration with door prizes, a costume contest, and games. The waters of Prince William Sound will be full of boats and anglers on Saturday hoping to catch a big one and get to the weigh in station before it closes at 6pm.

The Women’s Silver Salmon Derby closing awards ceremony is Saturday night. Last year Leslie West of Provo, Utah won the Derby and was crowned Queen of the Silver Salmon Sisterhood with a 16.48 pound silver salmon. The silver salmon West caught during the Women’s Derby not only won her the 1st place Women’s Derby prize, it also held on to capture 3rd place in the overall Silver Salmon Derby. CLICK HERE to visit the Women’s Derby registration page at

North Pole’s Keith Herve took over the silver salmon derby lead with a fish weighing 12.24 pounds.

Wayne Tuttle’s 11.68-pound silver has him in second place.

The 1st place winner in last year’s Silver Salmon Derby was caught on Women’s Derby day last year by a 7-year old boy from Valdez. Aksel Hutchinson Reeled in a 17.28 pound silver and won the $10,000 first place price. It paid to fish early last year. The 2nd place silver in 2018 was caught by Daniel Schneider of Anchorage, Alaska who reeled his fish in August 4th.

To compete in the Women’s Derby, ladies must buy a Silver Salmon Derby daily or season ticket so they are eligible to win the $10,000 first place prize in the regular derby if they catch a big one that holds on to the end of the derby. Currently, the largest Silver Salmon in the regular derby is a 12.24 pound silver caught by Keith Herve of North Pole.

In the Valdez Halibut Derby, Christine Ives of Fairbanks is holding onto first place with a 285.6 pound halibut she caught on June 6thaboard the Nunatak Second place overall in the Valdez Halibut Derby is Christopher Barnes of Moorhead, Minnesota with a 225.6 pound halibut he caught on June 24th aboard the Sea Quester. Holding on to third place is Joshua Curry of Valdez with a 213.4 pound Halibut he caught on July 21st aboard the Mistress.

Sean Brewer of Fairbanks took the weekly Valdez Halibut Derby award (201 pounds, 2 ounces).

Halibut Derby – Overall Leaders

1st        Christine Ives              Fairbanks, AK            285.6 lbs.         June 6              Nunatak
2nd       Christopher Barnes     Moorhead, MN           225.6 lbs.         June 24            Sea Quester
3rd        Joshua Curry               Valdez, AK                 213.4 lbs.         July 21            Mistress

Halibut Derby – Weekly Winners

1st                Sean Brewer                 Fairbanks, AK              201.2 lbs.         July 29             Sea Hunter
2nd        Leo McDonnell            Columbus, MT              108.4 lbs.         Aug 3                Reflection

Silver Derby – Overall Leaders

1st        Keith Herve                   North Pole, AK            12.24 lbs.         Aug 3               Chinook
2nd        Wayne Tuttle                     Pepperell, MA           11.68 lbs.         July 23             Alaskai
3rd        Janet Lehman                 Lexington, SC             11.44 lbs.         July 30              Orion