At 60 years old, the derby is one of the oldest, largest fishing derbies in Alaska. Entrants compete to catch the heaviest fish (worth $10,000) or tagged silver worth as much as $50,000. Additional prizes can be won during daily drawings of weigh-in tickets, or a final drawing using all the tickets sold for the derby. Plus, prizes are awarded to the local and visitor with the most fish weight turned in throughout the event. Funds raised through tickets sales support the Seward Chamber of Commerce, as well as education and fish restoration and enhancement in Resurrection Bay.
Begins at 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. Ends at noon Sunday, Aug. 16.
Anglers can fish from anywhere along the shore that is not privately owned or posted, via personal boat, watercraft of any size, or with a charter service. Fish caught must be turned into the weigh station before the close of the day to be eligible for a prize. The Seward Chamber of Commerce maintains ownership of those fish unless the angler buys it back for $5.
A one-day entry can be purchased for $10, or anglers can maximize their winning potential with a $50 ticket, which covers the full nine days of the event.
Start & end
The official start and end of the derby is announced with the firing of an explosive, gunshot or warning signal.
All waters, inside and outside Resurrection Bay. The only requirement is that boats begin and end their trip in Seward. All fishing regulations apply. Be sure to buy a fishing license along with that derby ticket. Legal limits are 6 per day/6 in possession inside Resurrection Bay and 3 per day/3 in possession outside Resurrection Bay. Check the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s regulations for more details, including an Emergency Orders or changes.
Derby tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 7 — the evening before the start of the event. Find them at the derby headquarters, across from the B-Dock fish cleaning station at the small boat harbor, between 6-10 p.m. or at select businesses around town. Ticket sales on Saturday begin at 5:30 a.m. at the derby headquarters and at sales locations around Seward.
Tickets are not a requirement to fish Resurrection Bay during derby days, but they are a requirement to enter your fish for judging.
Call the Seward Chamber of Commerce, (907) 224-8051, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Chamber online, www.seward.com, or go to the office in Seward at 2001 Seward Highway.