In this Aug. 16, 2015 photo, Craig Kahklen hands a silver salmon scholarship fish to Rosco Palmer at Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay on the final day of the Golden North Salmon Derby. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

In this Aug. 16, 2015 photo, Craig Kahklen hands a silver salmon scholarship fish to Rosco Palmer at Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay on the final day of the Golden North Salmon Derby. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Salmon derby season set to kick off

Catch these competitions in Southeast.

Salmon derby season kicks off in less than two weeks, beginning with the Craig Klawock Salmon Derby.

Here’s a list of other derbies this spring and summer in Southeast. Check with your local derby organizers for the most up-to-date information.

Golden North Salmon Derby

Aug. 16-18

The Golden North Salmon Derby is a Juneau fishing event where people compete for prizes by catching the “weightiest” fish. The derby began in 1947 and is sponsored by the Territorial Sportsmen, which provides scholarships for graduating high school seniors as well as for graduate study and vocational training.

Read more about this year’s derby here and read about last year’s winner here.


Craig Klawock Salmon Derby

May 15-June 30

July 1-Aug. 15

Derby will be held Aug. 24.

Run by the city of Craig, one $35 ticket in this competition gets you into both derbies. Proceeds support salmon enhancement on Prince of Wales Island.

Info: City of Craig, (907) 826-3275

Ketchikan CHARR Salmon Derby

Weekend 1: Aug. 17-18

Weekend 2: Aug. 24-25

Weekend 3: Aug. 31-Sept. 2

Sponsored by CHARR (Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association), this derby helps fund educational programs and is spread over three weekends.


Sitka Sportsmans Annual Salmon Derby

May 25-27 and June 1-2


• Pelican King Salmon Derby

June 14-16

The Pelican derby is sponsored by the Pelican Chamber of Commerce.


Petersburg Memorial Day Salmon Derby

No king salmon derby this year.

Wrangell Coho Derby

Aug. 10-Sept. 2

Halibut Derby

Aug. 30-Sept. 2

$25 ticket for entry to both derbies.


No king salmon derby this year.

• This is a Juneau Empire report.

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