Kids' Pink Salmon Derby

July 19, 2014

Kyle Eames - 1st Place winner, 5.38 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. This year, the fish were big, taking over all but two spots on the all-time biggest list.

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. Valdez Fish Derbies also recently purchased Fish Identification signs for the harbor and additional fish carts at the Harbor. Past years, Valdez Fish Derbies has contributed to the purchase of community picnic tables, fish hanging racks and signage at the harbor.

Top 10 (2008 through 2012) 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   Jonathan Dupee 2012 5-7yrs 7.46lbs Fairbanks AK 
6   Riley King 2012 8-10yrs 7.36lbs Valdez AK
7   Brynn Illingworth 2012 8-10yrs 7.32lbs North Pole AK 
8   Clayton Hill 2012 8-10yrs 7.00lbs Palmer AK 
9   Canyon McAllister 2010  11-13yrs 6.92lbs Valdez AK 
10   Megan Chase 2012 11-13yrs 6.91lbs Valdez WA 


Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby Weigh In

24 Karat Gold Sponsors

Truck Sponsor

Seekins Ford

18 Karat Gold Sponsors

14 Karat Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Jade Sponsors


Copper Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the Valdez Fish Derbies? Contact us at 907-255-4727 or