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 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 20, 2014 

Timing is everything when it comes to fishing

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...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 13, 2014

Women's derby crowns Valdez woman Queen

Valdez angler Barb Lyons, aboard the "Lyons Den," had been out fishing Friday to scout for silvers for Saturday's Women's Derby. The fish were large and plentiful early in the day, but the catch...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 6, 2014

Women say Fish On!

Put down your purse and pick up your pixies, it’s time for the Women’s Silver Salmon Derby! The theme of this year’s Women’s Derby is “Fairy Tales” and there will be a costume contest Friday. Early registration or pre-registration is at...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 30, 2014

New Zealander tops Silver Salmon Derby in Valdez

The silver salmon are returning to Valdez slowly but surely. The first week of the silver derby was slow at first, with very few fish weighed in. That all changed on Big Prize Friday. The fishing picked up and some nice size fish were brought to the...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 23, 2014

Silver salmon season is officially here

While the kids were slaying the pink salmon Saturday, halibut fishing in Valdez hit a high point with two anglers breaking into the overall standings. Jeff Maurer of Elysburg, Penn. caught a 171.4 pound halibut Thursday from aboard the Dawn Treader...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 23, 2014

Kids and pinks like peas in a pod

Organizers say there is nothing better than the happy shout of a child with a fish on their line and Saturday there was plenty of hooting and hollering both from shore and from boats in Port Valdez....

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 9, 2014

North Pole anglers topped derby last week

Two North Pole anglers hit the leader board during the week of the 4th of July, winning first and second place for the week's standings in the Valdez Halibut Derby. Steve Huisman of North Pole, reeled in a 158.2 pound halibut aboard the Otter Dodger...

 
 By From Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    June 25, 2014

Two hundred pound halibut raises the bar

The first halibut exceeding two-hundred pounds in the 2014 derby season was weighed in last week. Scott Hebig of Wasilla won bragging rights – and some extra dough – after bringing in a 203.6 pound flatfish a week ago Monday. In addition to...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    June 4, 2014

Halibut catch packing on the pounds

The leader board for the Valdez Halibut Derby keeps inching up. Monday, Matthew West of Morris Plains, New Jersey inched out last week's derby winner when he weighed in a 152.8 flatfish. Nicholas...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    September 4, 2013

Thousands awarded at derby season end

After an exciting week in the Valdez Silver Derby, it was Michael Freerksen of Valdez who took home top honors and the $15,000 first place prize last Sunday with the 16.92 pound silver he caught...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 28, 2013

The fishing is fantastic in Valdez

When you talk with anglers in Valdez these days, they’re more than happy to tell you where they are finding fish. They’re everywhere. Anglers are making their way out to Jack Bay, Sawmill Bay,...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 21, 2013

Big fish still out there in final weeks of derby

Carrie Little John of Fairbanks is still leading the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby despite the fact that hundreds of fish are being weighed in, hoping for a chance to get on the leader board. The daily...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 31, 2013

Big fish equal big reward in Big Prize Friday

The silver salmon have returned to Port Valdez and so has Big Prize Friday. A total of 23 anglers weighed in a silver last Friday, hoping to win the $500 cash prize and another $508 in rewards for...

 
 By From the Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 24, 2013

Heating up the derby: 325 pounder in the lead

Competition in the Valdez Halibut Derby went into overdrive Sunday after Jim Culley of Fairbanks brought in a 325 pounder. Culley said he has been halibut fishing several times, but the largest he...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 10, 2013

Michigan man wins weekly derby

Two out-of-state anglers hit the halibut derby jackpot during the Fourth of July weekend, winning the first and second place weekly prizes. Richard Hanson of Haslett, Michigan reeled in a 145.6 pound...

 
 By From the Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    June 26, 2013

Fishing is fine with weather to match

With bluebird skies and record high temperatures, the Valdez Fish Derbies weigh-in shack was busy with fish on the scales and anglers happy to hang out in the sunshine after returning to port....

 
 By From Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    June 5, 2013

Halibut Hullabaloo begins next week

Early season halibut fishing will get a boost late next week as anglers converge on Valdez in hopes of being the angler to catch the largest halibut June 14-23. The Halibut Hullabaloo winners will be in the running for special prizes that week, in...

 
 By From Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    May 29, 2013

Big fish means Halibut Derby off to exciting start

The competition to win the weekly prizes in the Valdez Halibut Derby is already quite stiff going into the second week of the season, with a 106 pound flat fish taking first place the first week, and...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    May 22, 2013

Halibut derby opens with 97-pound leader

So, the miles and piles of snow lingering in town might not realize the calendar says it’s spring, but anglers in the Valdez Halibut Derby do. Justin Hoppe of Valdez is one such man; he hit Prince...

 
 By From the Valdez Fish Derbies    Events   

Valdez winner gets Seekins 4x4 truck

North Pole angler Calvin Carr reeled in a cool $15,000 Sunday night after catching a 264 pound halibut a mere week before the season end of the Valdez Halibut Derby. . Carr caught his prizewinning...

 
 By From Valdez Fish Derbies    Events   

Last week for Valdez Fish Derbies

Halibut angling continues to be consistent throughout Prince William Sound and charters out of Port Valdez are returning with happy anglers. Donovan Kelly has been working with Lady Luck Charters this year and he said the halibut fishing has been...

 
 By From the Valdez Fish Derbies    Events   

Mining for silvers in Valdez tricky this year

People are catching silvers in Valdez, but they are having to do some crazy things to get them according to James Thayer, who fillets fish at the cleaning stations at the small boat harbor....

 
 By From the Valdez Fish Derbies    Events   

Ladies loved the Women’s Silver Salmon Derby

After being crowned Queen of the Silver Salmon Sisterhood, Renee Canavan of Cottonwood, California said she was “kind of overwhelmed.” A cheering crowd of approximately 600 women cheered for...

 
 By From the Valdez Fish Derbies    Events   

Newbie takes second place in salmon derby

Visitor Candace Prossner of Royal Oaks, Maryland says she’d never been fishing before she dropped a line in Valdez. By, Saturday, August 4, she’d reeled in a nice 16.02 pound silver salmon –...

 
 By From the Valdez Fish Derbies    Events   

Halibut derby competition is heating up

It was a hot week for halibut fishing in Valdez. The top three positions on the Halibut Derby leader board were all caught last week - and all weigh more than 200 pounds. Scott Jumgblom of Ione, Washi...

 

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