The pink salmon are in! Anglers are catching pink salmon from the shores of Allison Point in good numbers and the halibut weekly winners were both above the 100 pound mark. Victor Joseph of Fairbanks took the first place weekly prize in the Halibut Derby with a 114.5 pound flatfish he caught on the Halibut Grove. Ryan Howard of North Pole won the 2nd place weekly prize with a 108.8 pound halibut he caught aboard the Jamie Lynn.
The Kids Pink Salmon Derby is this Saturday, July 14th. 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 Janaea Koch of Valdez. In 2010, the 9 year-old reeled in a 7.78 pound pink salmon.
To participate, kids simply need to go fishing and weigh in their fish at the Valdez Fish Derbies weigh-in station located right next to the Harbormaster's Office at the Valdez Harbor. The weigh-in station will be open from 10am to 5pm. Be sure to weigh in your catch before that 5pm deadline. Participants will be given a ticket once they've weighed-in their fish for a free barbeque at Dock Point immediately following the closing of the weigh in station.
Bonnie Woods is still leading the overall halibut derby with the 179.2 pound halibut. Steven Adams of Valdez is holding onto 2nd place with a 136.1 pound halibut he caught May 23rd and Mike Hostager is currently in 3rd place with a 135.9 pound halibut he caught June 30th aboard the Dan Orion.
|1||Janaea Koch||2010||9 yrs||7.78 lbs.||Valdez,||AK|
|2||Janissa Arzie||2010||14 yrs||7.60 lbs.||Chugiak,||AK|
|3||Canyon McAllister||2010||11 yrs||6.92 lbs.||Valdez,||AK|
|4||Blake Morrison||2010||7 yrs||6.80 lbs.||Valdez,||AK|
|5||Cole Lenart||2008||11 yrs||6.78 lbs.||Albert Lee,||MN|
|6||Joshua Curtis||2008||14 yrs||6.76 lbs.||Tok,||AK|
|7||Noah McAllister||2010||12 yrs||6.72 lbs.||Valdez,||AK|
|8||Jake Becker||2010||15 yrs||6.54 lbs.||Fairbanks,||AK|
|9||Annika Hansen||2008||9 yrs||6.50 lbs.||Seattle,||WA|
|10||Zach Howard||2009||11 yrs||6.28 lbs.||Valdez,||AK|