2021 Salmon Enhancement Derby

Salmon Enhancement Derby
Salmon Enhancement Derby
Salmon Enhancement Derby

Event Information

The Salmon Enhancement Derby has been taking place annually since 2013 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 will take place on June 26 & 27, with participants targeting southbound Chinook on their migration route. Prizes will be awarded to the 3 largest fish caught over the course of the derby. As always, our goal is to raise critical funds for the Nootka Sound Watershed Society and Pacific Salmon Foundation so that we can continue to expect healthy salmon returns in the future.

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.

The Salmon Enhancement Derby will feature delicious food served up at the Conuma Grill, live outdoor entertainment, as well as exciting raffles, draws and auctions occurring throughout the weekend. Cash and prizes are up for grabs for the first, second and third place contestants! Will your name be on the trophy this year?

Registration is now open. Reserve your accommodation today with Guest Services and purchase your derby ticket.

***In response to the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to following the advice and guidance of leading health agencies and governments, taking every necessary step to maintain a safe environment for our guests and employees. Our COVID-19 Protocol and Book Worry-Free policy may be viewed here: COVID-19

For Participants

Moutcha Bay Resort will serve as headquarters for the derby, where the fish weigh-in and prize ceremonies will take place. The entry fee is $100 per contestant.

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 rules & regulations.

Official 2019 Salmon Derby Results

1st Place: Kris Russo
1st Place: Kris Russo & Dennis Busic – 24.2lb
2nd Place: Ava Beausoleil – 24lb
2nd Place: Ava Beausoleil – 24lb
3rd Place: Jerad Dry – 23lb
3rd Place: Jerad Dry – 23lb
Top Coho: Paulina Vegt – 9.2lb
Top Coho: Paulina Vegt – 9.2lb
Under 15 Winner: Brody M. – 19.2lb
Under 15 Winner: Brody M. – 19.2lb
 

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