Valdez Fish Derbies

Hard Work Finding Silvers But The Payoff Is a Big Fish

Anglers are having to fish a bit harder for silvers than normal, but some big fish have been brought into Port Valdez. And we found out this week that timing can be the key to winning in the Valdez Derby. Randy Main of Anchorage reeled in a 17.08 pound silver on Saturday aboard the Tom N Jo. Just 40 minutes after Main brought his fish to the weigh-in station, Terri Walters of Fairbanks brought a silver salmon to the weigh-in that was also exactly 17.08 pounds. Read more >>>

Jim Culley talks about catching a 325 pound halibut in the waters near Valdez, Alaska, on July 21, 2013. If his halibut remains the largest in the Valdez Halibut Derby, Jim will take home a $15,000 cash prize.

2014 Derby Dates

Halibut Derby
May 17 - Aug 31, 2014

Halibut Hullabaloo
June 13 - June 22, 2014

Kids' Pink Salmon Derby
July 19, 2014

Silver Salmon Derby
July 19 - Aug 31, 2014

Women's Silver Salmon Derby
Aug 9, 2014 (Opening Ceremony, Aug 8)

Silver Big Prize Fridays
July 25 & Aug 29, 2014

End of Derby
Aug 31, 2014

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