Fishing can be a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and hopefully, with some changes to allow for social distancing and changes due to the economy, we can balance the health concerns of our community with everyone’s desire to catch the big one. Please understand that Valdez Fish Derbies is run by a committee of volunteers and very dependent on limited part-time staff and lots of volunteers. We are committed to the derbies and will do our best to provide you with information and updates on this page and ask that you check our website for updates and are understanding of circumstances outside of our control.
VALDEZ HALIBUT DERBY STARTING MAY 23rd
We are pleased to announce the Valdez Halibut Derby will begin May 23rd as planned. The weigh-in will be open with new safety protocols and we ask you to observe social distancing requests that are posted at weigh-in. The 1st place prize for 2020 is $5,000, 2nd place prize is $1,500 and 3rd place $750.
HALIBUT HULLABALOO TOURNAMENT IS ON FOR JUNE 5-14
With Halibut Hullabaloo running 10-days and a huge ocean to fish in, there should be adequate space to social distance and we should be able to maintain the 6′ physical separation protocols at weigh-in. That means our Halibut Hullabaloo Tournament is still on. 2020 Prize is $500 cash in addition to weekly prizes.
VALDEZ FISH DERBY TICKETS AVAILABLE AT VENDORS
Tickets will be available at vendor outlets same as years past. Visit our ticket page for 2020 vendors.
VALDEZ KIDS PINK SALMON DERBY IS HAPPENING – VIRTUAL PICTURE SUBMISSION
The 2020 Kids Pink Salmon Derby is happening Saturday, July 25th and is open to kids 5-16 years of age with a few changes. This year’s Kids Derby will be virtual to eliminate the large numbers of people at weigh-in. Kids can qualify for prizes by picking up a FREE Valdez Fish Derbies hat and posting a picture of with the hat and a fish. Winners will be chosen at random from the submissions from kids who caught a pink salmon in Valdez Saturday, July 25th. CLICK HERE for all the details.
VALDEZ WOMEN’S SILVER SALMON DERBY
Saturday, August 8th
2020 – No big events at the Civic Center this year, but there will still be a day of fishing and we will crown a Queen!
Valdez Fish Derbies will post the leaders for the day at weigh-in as soon as they weigh in and ask that only those with a fish close to the top weight go to the weigh-in station. Only Top 3 (angler with biggest fish) will win prizes in order to minimize people at weigh-in. Registration will happen at Prospector and entrants will have a chance to sign up to win one of three prize packages in our drawing. The ticket price has been reduced and we will have dog tags as well as a small commemorative bag for participants. CLICK HERE for more information.