New Valdez Derbies Coming This Week

The following is courtesy of Valdez Fish Derbies:

Caleb Hughes moved into second place in the Valdez Halibut Derby with a 160.4-pounder. (VALDEZ FISH DERBIES)

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 the day of the Kids Derby 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 for complete details. CLICK HEREfor Info Sheet. Kids age 11 to 14 will be on the air broadcasting a LIVE Kids Derby Radio Show from 5pm to 6pm Saturday, July 24th on 93.3FM & 1230AM KVAK. The show will also be streamed LIVE on the KVAK Radio App (which can be downloaded from the Apple App or Google Play Store) and can be streamed from a computer at Kids will take over the studio and take callers age 5 to 16 to play games and win prizes like ice cream. One lucky caller will win 10 pounds of Jelly Beans. 

The Valdez Silver Salmon Derby also starts this Saturday. The grand prize for the largest fish is $10,000 cash, 2nd place is $3,000 and 3rd place overall is $1,500 cash. Valdez Fish Derbies will also award daily 1st and 2nd place prizes this Saturday through September 5th for the largest Silver Salmon caught each day. 

Halibut fishing continues to be good out in Prince William Sound. Terrence McCabe of Valdez, AK is leading the overall halibut derby with a 202.0 pound halibut he caught July 5th. Caleb Hughes bumped into second place overall with a 160.4 pound halibut he caught July 16th. In third place overall is Natalie Cevasco of Fairbanks with her 158.2 pounder.

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.

Halibut Derby – Overall Leaders

1st     Terrence McCabe   Valdez, AK          202.0 lbs.     July 5               Only Fins

2nd        Caleb Hughes           Palmer, AK              160.4 lbs.     July 16             Reflection

3rd    Natalie Cevasco         Fairbanks, AK          158.2 lbs.     July 7               Getting Some

Halibut Derby – Weekly Winners – July 11th through July 17th

1st     Caleb Hughes           Palmer, AK              160.4 lbs.     July 16         Reflection

2nd    Mark McCaffrey       Anchorage, AK     150.2 lbs.     July 15             Sea Hunter

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