2018 Kayak Derby

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. 

The two-day tournament takes place over the Labour Day weekend on September 1st and 2nd, 2018.

An orientation will take place on the evening of August 31st where participants are encouraged to meet at the main lodge at Moutcha Bay Resort.

For Participants

Moutcha Bay Resort will serve as headquarters for the derby, where the fish weigh-in and prize ceremonies will take place. This year there is a $60 per contestant entry fee.

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

Participants are encouraged to pre-register with Guest Services in advance of arrival. Participants must be present for the prize presentation in order to qualify.

Prizes & Sponsors

Our derby is 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 derby sponsors for our Kayak Derby.

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.

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.

Derby Rules

Stay tuned for 2018 Derby Rules & Regulations. For further information, please contact Guest Services.


Kayak Fishing Derby


Kayak Fishing Derby

1ST PLACE: Henry Benbow

Henry reeled in a whopping 27.4lb chinook during the derby and won himself a Jackson Kayak Cuda 14 fishing kayak. Thank you to Alberni Outpost 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!