Valdez Fish Derbies

Valdez Halibut & Silver Salmon Derbies End, Alaskans Dominate

Valdez – The silver salmon run was strong from the Valdez Women's Silver Salmon Derby through the end of the regular silver derby in Valdez. Anglers couldn't seem to miss with silvers distributed throughout the Sound in large numbers. Fishing from shore at Allison Point was especially good the last weeks of the derby. Pat Olson fillets fish down at the Valdez Harbor and said there was no comparison between the number of fish he filleted in 2013 versus last year. "I only did 1,174 in the whole of last year, and for this year's Women's Derby I did a thousand fish. In the one day." Read more >>>

Year Nine of Valdez Women's Silver Salmon Derby Brings Families and Friends Together to Celebrate

Tribute Story to 2011 Silver Salmon Sisterhood Queen Lenore Groundwater

VALDEZ - In 2011, it was Lenore Groundwater who stole the spotlight at the Women's Silver Salmon Derby. The spry 93-year-old Groundwater from Green Valley, Arizona went fishing with her son Lance and daughter-in-law Paula two years ago for the Women's Silver Salmon Derby and reeled in a 16.58 pound silver that took top honors and made her Queen of the Silver Salmon Sisterhood. When asked her age on stage at the Civic Center two years ago, Groundwater quipped, "I'm 39 backward." 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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