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 distances 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 DERBY & VALDEZ WOMEN’S SILVER SALMON DERBY
The Valdez Fish Derbies committee is thinking through ideas and options for the Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby and the Women’s Silver Salmon Derby. These events typically involve large numbers of people at weigh-in and hundreds of people at event opening and awards, which is of great concern.
We are currently reviewing these events and exploring options. Please be patient as we assess current events and make final decisions. We appreciate your patience and will provide updates on this page. If there’s a way to get people fishing in a safe manner, we are working to find it. If you have been to our events, you know we can be quite creative.