How’s your smelt jigging? The waters around La Conner, WA used to be thick with smelt (there was once a fish processing plant in town), but ya gotta be pretty good with the jig these days to collect a worthwhile haul (no license is needed to jig for smelt). If you fancy yourself the Yo-Yo Ma of the smelt jig you might want to try your hand at the Fishing Derby Saturday at this year’s 50th Annual Smelt Derby in La Conner. Prizes will be handed out.

Smelt, Smelt Derby Festival, La Conner, WANot a fisherman? There’ll be activities for you, too, such as the pancake breakfast at 8 am; a 5K/10K run and 2K walk; kids activities; a raffle with prizes; and live music and dancing with sliders and beverages. The Derby is put on by the local Rotary Club. The date is this Saturday, 2/28/15. See the Rotary website for more info.