“I had never heard of Sitka, Alaska until I stumbled upon the Sitka Salmon Derby, and it quickly became one of my favorite events of the year. As a fishing enthusiast, I was excited to participate in a competition that offered more than just the thrill of catching a big fish. The Sitka Salmon Derby not only provides anglers with an excellent opportunity to reel in some delicious fish, but it’s also an excellent way to meet and bond with fellow fishing enthusiasts.”

The first Sitka Salmon Derby was held in 1956, organized by the Sitka Chamber of Commerce to promote tourism and the fishing industry. Since then, the derby has grown in popularity and has become a symbol of Sitka’s fishing culture. The derby attracts not only fishing enthusiasts but also families, friends, and visitors who want to be a part of the festive atmosphere.

The Sitka Salmon Derby takes place over two weekends, Memorial Day weekend and the first weekend in June. Participants can fish for three consecutive days starting on Saturday and ending on Monday the first weekend and two days, Saturday and Sunday the following weekend. Only King salmon are eligible for the contest, and participants must obey all Alaska State fishing regulations. The fish must be caught by registered participants, and all fish entered for the contest must be weighed at the designated weigh stations. The winner is determined by the weight of the fish.

The most thrilling part of the Sitka Salmon Derby: the prizes. The 2023 derby is expected to have over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Prizes can be won by any participant who catches and enters a fish. The prizes are awarded to the participants who catch the largest fish, top total poundage, team prizes and various random prize winners as well.

The Sitka Salmon Derby is a paradise for avid fishermen. The rush of adrenaline while reeling in a big one, the camaraderie shared with fellow anglers, and the breathtaking natural beauty of Sitka makes this fishing competition an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a newbie looking for an adventure, the Sitka Salmon Derby is a must-visit event that will leave you hooked for life. So pack your bags, grab your gear and head to Sitka for a chance at the coveted prize of catching the biggest salmon!