Kids' Pink Salmon Derby

July 18, 2015

Aaron Williams - 2014 1st Place winner, 7.5 lbs., 11-13 age group

The Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby began in 2008 as a way for the Valdez Fish Derbies volunteer non-profit group to further their mission of promoting sport fishing in Valdez. “What better way to encourage and celebrate fishing than to get kids out fishing for pink salmon which are plentiful and easy to catch in Port Valdez”, commented derby marketing coordinator Laurie Prax.

The one-day fishing tournament for kids age 5 to 16 is free and the participants get a free t-shirt and are invited to a free family barbeque.

There is no registration for this free event that's open to kids age 5 to 16, but kids will need to weigh in their fish at the derby weigh-in station by 5pm to be eligible for prizes.

There are four age divisions, each with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize. The largest fish on record in the Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby was reeled in by Theron Lee of Winfield, Alabama. In 2012, the 14 year-old reeled in a 7.92 pound pink salmon.

Additional information is available on the Kids Derby FAQ page.

Top 10 (2008 through 2014) Pink Salmon Derby Winners

Place    Name  Year  Age  Weight  City  State 
1   Theron Lee 2012 14-16yrs 7.92 lbs. Winfield AL
2   Janaea Koch  2010  8-10yrs 7.78 lbs.  Valdez,  AK 
3   Janissa Arzie  2010  14-16yrs 7.60 lbs.  Chugiak,  AK
4   Kailey Fowlkes 2012 11-13yrs 7.53lbs North Pole AK 
5   Aaron Williams 2014 11-13yrs 7.5lbs Fairbanks AK 
6   Jonathan Dupee 2012 5-7yrs 7.46lbs Fairbanks AK
7   Riley King 2012 8-10yrs 7.36lbs Valdez AK 
8   Brynn Illingworth 2012 8-10yrs 7.32lbs North Pole AK 
9   Clayton Hill 2012  8-10yrs 7.00lbs Palmer AK 
10   Canyon McAllister 2010 11-13yrs 6.92lbs Valdez AK 


Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby Weigh In

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