The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Valdez Fish Derbies
For the Star 

North Pole anglers topped derby last week

Pink salmon swarm into port while Silvers swim in closely behind


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 July 3, to win himself a Valdez Fish Derbies winner jacket and t-shirt, a fishing charter and a glacier cruise. Later on July 5, Theodore Kirchmeir of North Pole won the second place weekly prize iwith the 151.2 pound halibut he caught from the Halibut Grove.

In addition to winning the weekly first place prize, Huisman's 158.2 pound halibut is also in second place in the overall standings, several pounds behind the 203.6 pound halibut caught by Scott Hebig of Wasilla on June 20. Hebig is currently leading the Halibut Derby and Sharon Daniels of Valdez drops to third place in the standings with the 154.4 pound halibut she caught in June.

According the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, halibut angling has been good.

Photo courtesy Valdez Fish Derbies

Steve Huisman of North Pole, reeled in this 158.2 pound halibut aboard the Otter Dodger last week.

Rockfish catches have been good in Montague Strait and out in the Gulf by Seal Rocks and Hinchinbrook. Lingcod fishing opened last week and many anglers reported good catches throughout the Sound. Large jigs fished 10 feet off the bottom near and on top of steep rocky ridges and reefs work quite well for lingcod. Pink salmon are definitely in at Allison Point. Pink salmon are being caught from shore at Allison Point as well as from the John Kelsey dock in town.

KVAK Reporter Iam Cabitac reported seeing a silver salmon being caught from the City Dock but could not hook one himself.

The Silver Salmon Derby will start July 19, the same day as the Kids Pink Salmon Derby. The Women's Derby is August 8-9. Valdez Fish Derbies dates, prizes, rules, winners, pictures and more can be found at


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