VALDEZ, Alaska – Anglers are already catching pink salmon at Allison Point in Valdez and young anglers will have a chance to catch fish and win prizes this Saturday in the Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby. This year the derby will be Virtual with Kids submitting pictures on the Valdez Fish Derbies website for a chance to win prizes. This free one-day kids derby is open to kids age 5 to 16.
Kids can qualify for the derby by picking up a FREE Valdez Fish Derbies hat between 6am and 10am this Saturday at the Valdez Fish Derbies weigh-in station. Anglers need to take a picture of themselves with the hat and a pink salmon caught in Valdez Saturday and post on the Valdez Fish Derbies website by midnight for a chance to win. Winners will be chosen at random. There will be a $100 cash winner in each of the four age categories as well as eight fishing poles given away. Visit www.valdezfishderbies.com for complete details. CLICK HERE for Info Sheet.
The Valdez Silver Salmon Derby also starts this Saturday and the grand prize for the largest fish is $5,000 cash, 2nd place is $1,500 and 3rd place overall is $750 cash. Valdez Fish Derbies will also award daily 1st and 2nd place prizes this Saturday through September 6th for the largest Silver Salmon caught each day.
Halibut fishing continues to be good out in Prince William Sound. Jim Rothenbuhler of Salcha is leading the derby with a 201.2 pound halibut he caught June 23rd. Kenny Tussey of North Pole is currently in 2nd place overall with a 193.4 pound halibut he caught July 5th. Andy Eiman of Valdez broke into the standings July 18th with a 180.4 pound halibut caught aboard the Crista June.
The Valdez Women’s Silver Salmon Derby is just around the corner. Registration will begin August 1st and the event will be held Saturday, August 8th. There will be no big events this year, but there will be a day of fishing and a Queen of the Silver Salmon Sisterhood will be crowned. The grand prize is $1,000 cash and $1,000 in prizes from Prospector. The ticket price has been reduced due to the cancellation of the opening and closing event at the Civic Center, but fishing is on. Registration for Women’s Derby begins August 1st. Visit the Valdez Women’s Silver Salmon Derby page on the Valdez Fish Derbies website for more information on this year’s event.
Halibut Derby – Overall Leaders
1st Jim Rothenbuhler Salcha, AK 201.2 lbs. June 23 The Bucketlist
2nd Kenny Tussey North Pole, AK 193.4 lbs. July 5 Dan Orion
3rd Andy Eiman Valdez, AK 180.4 lbs. July 18 Crista June
Halibut Derby – Weekly Winners – July 12th through July 18th
1st Andy Eiman Valdez, AK 180.4 lbs. July 18 Crista June
2nd Terrence MCabe Valdez, AK 134.2 lbs. July 12 The Refraction