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Fish Derbies

Halibut Derby (May - September)

The Valdez Halibut Derby features a $10,000 cash Grand Prize for the largest halibut, $3,000 cash for 2nd place and $1,500 for 3rd place. In addition, the Valdez Halibut Derby features 1st and 2nd place weekly prizes.

Silver Salmon Derby

The Valdez Silver Salmon Derby features a $10,000 cash Grand Prize for the largest Silver, $3,000 cash for 2nd place and $1,500 for 3rd place. The derby also features 1st and 2nd place daily prizes.

The 2021 Silver Salmon Derby runs July 24 through September 5, with Big Prize Fridays on July 30 and September 3, 2021. 

a woman holds up a large silver salmon; ocean and mountains in background

Photo from Valdez Outfitters

Kids Pink Salmon Derby Day

Pink salmon are a great introduction to fishing for kids because the pinks are plentiful, easily accessible and a lot of fun to catch. This event is part of the annual Valdez Fish Derbies. Kids win great prizes and the family friendly barbecue tops off the fun day. Bring the family, and watch your kids get hooked on fishing in Valdez, Alaska!

Kids ages 5-16 can participate in the Kid’s Pink Salmon Fishing Derby for free. The Kids Fishing Derby takes place in July. There is a free BBQ and kids can win prizes and take part in fun games.

Women's Silver Salmon Derby

This annual event draws more than 500 women anglers to Valdez. Join the Silver Salmon Sisterhood and win great prizes. Open to women only.


Fish Derbies


Halibut Derby


Fish Derbies


Kids Derby

Introduce your kids to Alaskan salmon fishing with the Kids Pink Salmon Derby!

Valdez Fish Derbies

Learn more about the Valdez Fish Derbies organization and how to get involved!

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