Kayak Fishing Derby

at Moutcha Bay Resort

Aug 26 – 27 2023

Event Information

The Kayak Fishing Derby has been taking place annually at Moutcha Bay Resort in Nootka Sound since 2004. This family-friendly event is designed to raise funds for salmon enhancement and habitat restoration projects within the Nootka Sound watershed.

In 2023, the two-day tournament will take place on August 26 & 27. In an effort to reduce our impact on large broodstock, there will be a variety of ways to win prizes over the weekend including an online auction, raffle prizes, and more.

Tickets are $75/rod. Register and purchase your ticket today!

Prizes, Beer & More

The Kayak Derby will feature a variety of draws, raffles, silent auction and more – giving you multiple chances to take home some amazing prizes.

Live Entertainment

We are pleased to announce that Luke Blu Guthrie will be joining us LIVE at the Conuma Grill on Saturday night! (August 26th, 2023). The shows will kick off at 7:00pm on the Conuma Grill patio, right outside of the main lodge.

The charismatic Luke Blu Guthrie is a beacon of originality. Deeply soulful, and passionately committed to creating and sharing his music, Luke Blu has devoted much of his life to his craft. Often armed with only an acoustic guitar, Guthrie has been an integral part of the Vancouver Island music scene for two decades. He is widely respected for his versatility and skill as songwriter, vocalist and guitar player.

Our Derby Sponsors

We want to give a huge thank you to our main Sponsors,
Old Town Canoes & Pacific Kayak Angler.

Old Town Canoe produces some of the most innovative and user-friendly kayaks on the market – just ask our marina team or check them out on our kayak racks. Their fishing kayaks feature ultra-stable Double-U hulls that provide smooth stability whether you like to fish sitting down or standing up. Speaking of sitting – their fully adjustable premium seating will keep you comfortable all day.

Pacific Yak Angler was created to provide access to quality kayak fishing accessories and related products with a focus on supporting local and North American manufacturers. They have also created some cool swag to express the love for kayak fishing and artistic flare.

Register Today

Bookings for the 2023 season are open now! Contact our Guest Services team to reserve your space at Moutcha Bay Resort. Kayak Fishing Derby tickets are $75/rod. All participants must purchase their tickets and register with Guest Services before arrival.

Buy Tickets Online

Our Purpose

Our Kayak Derby is designed to raise funds for salmon enhancement and habitat restoration within the Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet watersheds. Our goal is that by actively promoting and participating in these essential projects, we will bring awareness of the importance of environmental programs to the angling community. All of the net proceeds from this derby go toward the Nootka Sound Watershed Society and the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

The NSWS is a group of local community members including First Nations representatives, biologists, sport fishermen, industry representatives, and stewards with the common goal of working to protect, restore, and enhance Pacific salmon stocks in the Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet watersheds.

One of the many benefits of these family-friendly events is that we continue to see more young people developing a love for sport fishing and an appreciation for their environment.