Kayak Fishing Derby August 28 & 29, 2021 at Moutcha Bay Resort


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

Our 2021 Kayak Derby at Moutcha Bay Resort will take place August 28 & 29, 2021. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2021 derby will be a hybrid event consisting partly of socially distanced, in-person components as well as fun virtual components. The health and safety of our guests and employees is our main priority. This year’s derby will not include large gatherings such as in-person awards ceremonies or live auctions, which will be moved instead to an online platform.


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. 

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.


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.


We want to give a huge thank you to our main Sponsor, Johnson Outdoors. 

Johnson Outdoors’ brands Ocean Kayaks and Old Town Canoe, produce 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 DoubleU 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.

Ask our team why we love our Ocean Kayaks and Old Town Canoe kayaks, or come try them out for yourself!

Find your awesome, with Johnson Outdoors. Founded almost 50 years ago by American business legend Sam Johnson, Johnson Outdoors is an innovator of top-quality recreational products. Their inspiring designs get people outside and enjoying the outdoors on top of the line equipment.

Stay tuned for more information on our 2021 Kayak Derby!