Valdez Gearing Up For This Weekend’s Kids Pink Salmon Derby

The following is courtesy of Valdez Fish Derbies:

VALDEZ, Alaska – Pink salmon are in the Port just in time for the Kids Pink Salmon Derby this Saturday and anglers wanting to venture out a bit further can start derby fishing for Silver Salmon starting this weekend too! The Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby will be held this Saturday and anglers are already catching pink salmon at Allison Point so Saturday should be a busy day for Kids aged 5 to 16. Also, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has increased the sport fish bag and possession limits for pink salmon to 12 fish per day and 24 fish in possession. CLICK HERE to read more. 

After a day of fishing out of Port Valdez, kids can enter the pink derby by submitting  pictures on the Valdez Fish Derbies website for a chance to win prizes. This free one-day kids derby is open to kids aged 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 Derbieswebsite 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 HERE for Info Sheet. Kids in 4th to 8th grade will be on the air broadcasting a LIVE Kids Derby Radio Show from 5pm to 6pm Saturday, July 23rd 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 aged 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 starts this Saturday and features a $10,000 first place prize for the largest silver salmon. The Silver Derby 2nd place prize is $3,000 and 3rd place overall is $1,500 cash. Valdez Fish Derbies will also award daily 1st and 2nd place prizes July 23rd through September 4thfor the largest Silver Salmon caught each day. Starting July 23rd, the weigh-in station will be open 1pm to 8pm.

Silverdale, Washington’s Joseph Montes was the weekly winner of the Valdez Halibut Derby with a 148-pounder. (VALDEZ FISH DERBIES)

Halibut fishing continues to be good out in Prince William Sound. Jeremy Smith holds on to 1st place overall with his 170-pound fish caught June 23rdaboard the Chugach Girl, with Chris Milles following with his 150-pounder caught May 28th aboard the Halibut Grove. Kamille Mulcaire holds onto 3rdplace overall with her 149.8-pound halibut caught June 9th aboard the Six Gun.

Halibut Derby – Overall Leaders

1st         Jeremy Smith               North Pole, AK             170.0 lbs.         June 23             Chugach Girl
2nd        Chris Milles                  Melbourne, FL             150.0 lbs.         May 28 
            Halibut Grove
3rd        Kamille Mulcaire          Fairbanks, AK              149.8 lbs.         June 9              Six Gun

Halibut Derby – Weekly Winners – July 10th through July 16th

1st         Joseph Montes              Silverdale, WA             148.0 lbs.         July 16             Dan Orion

2nd        Daesha Erickson           Fairbanks, AK               144.8 lbs.         July 13             Reflection