Travel Tuesday: Fishing derbies
It’s sport fishing at its finest. Fishing derbies lure anglers throughout Southcentral to test their fishing skills. It’s also a way for visitors and locals alike to get out and win prizes while helping local charities support sustainability efforts and contribute to fun local scholarships.
Britteny Cioni-Haydwood with the Division of Economic Development joined Daybreak Tuesday with a full list of statewide fishing derbies.
The Slamn’n Salm’n Derby is from now until June 21 at Ship Creek. Tickets are free to the annual event supporting the Downtown Soup Kitchen for a chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prices.
The Valdez Halibut Derby is from now until Sept 6. Prizes includes $15,000 for the fisherman reeling in the largest halibut. From July 18 to Sept 6, the Valdez Silver Derby will take place. Saturday, July 18 the Kid’s Pink Salmon Derby will kick off from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
On Friday, Aug. 7, the Women’s Silver Derby runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $50.
Aug. 14 to 16, the Golden North Salmon Derby takes place Juneau. The prize? People donate their fish to the Territorial Sportsmen Scholarship Foundation for Juneau students.
The longest-running derby, the Homer Halibut Derby, runs from mid-May to mid-September. This derby has operated for 30 years and has the biggest payout in prizes.
For more information on statewide fishing derbies, click here.