2019 Salmon Enhancement Derby

Event Information

The Salmon Enhancement Derby has been taking place annually since 2011 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 and Esperanza Inlet watershed.

This year, the two-day tournament takes place on June 29 & 30, with participants targeting the larger Columbia River Chinook as they migrate south. Prizes will be awarded to the three largest fish caught over the course of the derby.

The derby is a very social event, with delicious food being served up at the Conuma Grill, live entertainment, raffles, draws, and auctions occurring throughout the weekend. Cash and prizes are up for grabs for our derby winners. Will your name be on the trophy this year?

Guided Fishing Special Rate

Book a full day guided fishing charter on Saturday June 29 or Sunday June 30 for only $995! That’s a $500 savings! Applicable toward registered derby participants only. Maximum 3 guests per boat.

Contact Guest Services at 1-877-337-5464 to book your reservation and request this special rate.

Canada Day Celebration 

Join us in celebrating Canada’s 152nd Birthday!

Live Music!
Canada Day Specials at the Conuma Grill!
Fireworks!

Stay tuned for more details. O Canada!

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 $100 per contestant entry fee.

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 Salmon Enhancement Derby.

Our Purpose

Our Salmon Enhancement 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 the net proceeds from this event 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.

Derby Rules

Stay tuned for our Rules & Regulations and 2019 Itinerary. 

 

Salmon Derby

Official 2018 Salmon Derby Results

1st Place Chinook: Tyson Bryden - 27.8 lb
1st Place Chinook: Barney Edgar – 22.4 lb
2nd Place Chinook: Joseph Beausoleil - 22.2 lb
2nd Place Chinook: Joseph Beausoleil – 22.2 lb
3rd Place Chinook: Terry Johns - 19.6 lb
3rd Place Chinook: Terry Johns – 19.6 lb
Top Coho: Marie Noel - 7.8 lb
Top Coho: Marie Noel – 7.8 lb
 
 

Congratulations to all the participants and thanks to all our sponsors! Thank you all so very much for coming out!