2020 Kayak Fishing Weekend

Welcome and thank you for supporting the 2020 Kayak Fishing Weekend!

The Nootka Marine Adventures Annual Kayak Derby is in its 17th year, and since its inception this event has attracted the absolute best of what the sport of kayak fishing has to offer – participants that are true outdoor enthusiasts and skilled anglers with the utmost respect for the environment we depend on.

This year we will continue to support the Nootka Sound Watershed Society through a more casual Kayak Fishing Weekend – a little different this year, but sure to be fun with raffles, auction and prize draws. Our goal is to continue to raise awareness and funding for this invaluable stewardship program, while ensuring that our guests
and staff are as safe as possible.

There will be no large gatherings held during this weekend. Avoid gathering in groups, keep your distance from others, and wash your hands regularly. Please follow the direction of our staff over the course of the weekend.

We are grateful for your continued support and look forward to when we can all gather again for a traditional derby in coming years.

Tight Lines,
Samantha Kagan
Nootka Marine Adventures

Click to visit our exciting online auction!

This auction ends on August 30, 2020 at 5:00pm PST. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Nootka Sound Watershed Society. Thank you for your support. 

Kayak Fishing Derby
Kayak Fishing Derby

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.

Event Information

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. This year, the traditional kayak derby has been changed due to COVID-19. Please see above for more details. 

For Participants

This year there is no entry fee and no gatherings of any kind. We look forward to a time when we can gather again for a more traditional derby. 

Moutcha Bay Resort offers fishing and conventional kayak rentals. Ask us for more information about renting your watercraft. 

Prizes & Sponsors

Fundraising over the years has been successful because of the generous support of our sponsors. Sponsors have the option to support our derby through donations of cash, merchandise, or a combination of both. View the list of sponsors. 

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. 

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.

Nootka Sound Watershed Society

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.


For further information, please contact Guest Services.



Kayak Fishing Derby

1ST PLACE: David Sauve

David Sauve knocked out Henry Cole in the last hour of the derby, with a 29 lb Chinook and won himself a Radar 135 fishing kayak. Thank you to Wilderness Systems Kayaks for sponsoring this prize.

And a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to this year’s derby and helped us raise funds for the Nootka Sound Watershed Society. It was a fantastic weekend spent with you all. See you again next year!

2nd Place
2nd Place: Henry Cole – 24.6lb Chinook
3rd Place
3rd Place: Curtis Volovich – 24lb Chinook
Buzzbomb Prize: Dustin Marsh - 23.8lb Chinook
Buzzbomb Prize: Dustin Marsh – 23.8lb Chinook
U15: Emma Knight 17.8lb Chinook
U15: Emma Knight 17.8lb Chinook