2018 Derby Dates
Halibut Derby: May 19th through September 2nd
Halibut Hullabaloo: June 8th through 17th
The Valdez Halibut Derby features a $10,000 cash Grand Prize for the largest halibut, $3,000 cash for 2nd place and $1,500 for 3rd place. In addition to weekly prizes, all anglers who purchase a derby ticket have a chance to win $5,000 cash in a drawing at the end of the season. It all starts with a derby ticket and you can find out where to get one by visiting our Tickets page.
2017 Overall Winners
Week 15 – August 27 Through September 3
Week 14 – August 20 Through August 26
Week 13 – August 13 Through August 19
Week 12 – August 6 Through August 12
Week 11 – July 30 Through August 5
Week 10 – July 23 Through July 29
Week 9 – July 16 Through July 22
Week 8 – July 9 Through July 15
Week 7 – July 2 Through July 8
Week 6 – June 25 Through July 1
Week 5 – June 18 Through June 24
Week 4 – June 11 Through June 17
Week 3 – June 4 Through June 10
Week 2 – May 28 Through June 3
Week 1 – May 20 Through 27
The Valdez Halibut Derby features a $15,000 cash Grand Prize for the largest halibut, $5,000 cash for 2nd place and $2,000 for 3rd place. In addition to weekly prizes, all anglers who purchase a derby ticket have a chance to win $10,000 cash in a drawing at the end of the season. It all starts with a derby ticket and you can find out where to get one by visiting our Tickets page.
The halibut charter season starts in May and runs into September. During May and June, halibut charters head to the icy waters of Prince William Sound in search of halibut and rockfish, but once it hits July charters also target lingcod. Halibut are found throughout Prince William Sound waters, on or near the bottom over mud, sand or gravel banks and below steep drop offs.
Anglers will catch halibut near Valdez in the Narrows and along the coastlines of the islands in Prince William Sound. Some of the closer popular fishing spots include Knowles Head and Red Head, Galena Bay, and Sawmill Bay. Further out, halibut can be found on the outside of Hinchinbrook entrance and the edge of the Gulf of Alaska. The preferred method for fishing halibut is anchoring and using bait. There are 32 species of rockfish that live in the Gulf of Alaska and lingcod up to 30 pounds are caught regularly. Fishing for salmon sharks out of Prince William Sound has also become quite popular, although there is not a shark derby.
The average halibut is 30 to 35 pound range, but several over 300 pounds have been brought back to Port Valdez. There is a two fish daily bag limit for halibut. Charter vessel anglers may keep one fish of any size per day and one fish that is no more than 29 inches in length The Valdez Small Boat Harbor has numerous fish cleaning stations available that feature high pressure hoses and disposal chutes.
While fishing in Valdez and Prince William Sound, anglers can expect to see majestic mountains, eagles, many species of birds, seals, sea lions and sea otters. Dall porpoise and humpback whales are also residents of Prince William Sound likely to make an appearance.