By Valdez Fish Derbies
For the Star 

The fishing is fantastic in Valdez

Plenty of fish to go around in the last week of derby


Photo courtesy Valdez Fish Derbies

C. Vernon Carlson of Fairbanks proudly displays this nice Coho he reeled in from the “Tango” August 21. The silver weighed 16.72 pounds and put Carlson in the lead, at least as of Monday night.

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, they’re fishing the Narrows and the shoreline, including the Kelsey Dock. Many are catching them so fast most boats have their limit by early afternoon.

Anglers fishing from shore at Allison Point are also picking up silver salmon, so the fishing from shore should be hot and heavy toward the end of the silver derby this Sunday, September 1.

“There are fish at Jack Bay, Sawmill Bay, the Narrows, Gold Creek, the City Dock and even Allison Point,” Joe Prax said. “That means the run isn’t over. There are still lots of fish coming.”

But that elusive big one is still out there.

C. Vernon Carlson of Fairbanks caught a 16.72 pound silver salmon on Wednesday aboard the “Tango” to take the lead in the silver derby. Carrie Little John of Fairbanks dropped down to second place with the 16.18 pound fish she caught earlier this month aboard the “Lil’ Vixen” and Paul J. Lucio of Wasilla is holding onto third place with a 16 pounder.

This Friday, anglers will have a chance to win an additional $500 during Big Prize Friday. The person who buys a derby ticket and brings in the bigger silver salmon Friday will win $500 in cash in addition to the daily prizes.

The Valdez Halibut and Silver Salmon Derbies end at noon this Sunday, September 1. The raffle for the Ford F-150 Truck will be held that day after the close of the derby. Everyone who purchased a Valdez derby ticket will be entered in that drawing.

In the Valdez Halibut Derby, James Culley is still in line to win the $15,000 first place prize with the 325 pound halibut he caught July 21 from aboard the “Dan Orion.” Jeff Johnson of North Pole is still in second place overall with a 208.6 pounder, and Beth Reagin of Fairbanks is holding onto third place with a 178.8 pound halibut she caught July 25 aboard the “Halibut Grove.”

The weekly winners in the halibut derby were Dale Kuly of Whitehorse, Yukon, with the 116.4 pound halibut he caught aboard a private boat August 21 and Josh Hughes of Gakona with a 110.6 pounder caught aboard the “Jaime Lynn.”

Information, pictures and standings for the Silver Salmon Derby and Halibut Derby can be found on the website.


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