Valdez Fish Derbies

Anglers Hope to Catch a Big Fish Before End of Derbies

VALDEZ, Alaska - With less than a week left in the Valdez Halibut and Silver Salmon Derbies, it would seem that there's a good chance of the leaders being knocked off the board in the Halibut and Silver Salmon Derbies; that is, if history is any indication.

If Scott Hebig's 203.6 pound halibut takes 1st place in the derby, it will be the smallest halibut on record to win the Valdez Derbies, with the exception of the years when the Chamber of Commerce held a target weight derby. In 2013, the winner of the $15,000 first place prize weighed in at 325 pounds. In 2014, the 1st place winner had a fish weighing 335.7 pounds; in 2013, the winner tipped the scales at 277.2. Read more >>>

Jim Culley talks about catching a 325 pound halibut in the waters near Valdez, Alaska, on July 21, 2013. If his halibut remains the largest in the Valdez Halibut Derby, Jim will take home a $15,000 cash prize.

2014 Derby Dates

Halibut Derby
May 17 - Aug 31, 2014

Halibut Hullabaloo
June 13 - June 22, 2014

Kids' Pink Salmon Derby
July 19, 2014

Silver Salmon Derby
July 19 - Aug 31, 2014

Women's Silver Salmon Derby
Aug 9, 2014 (Opening Ceremony, Aug 8)

Silver Big Prize Fridays
July 25 & Aug 29, 2014

End of Derby
Aug 31, 2014

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