2018 Salmon Enhancement Derby
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 23 & 24, with participants targeting the larger Columbia River Chinook as they migrate south. In an effort to protect our precious brood stock salmon, the Salmon Enhancement Derby has evolved into hidden-weight derby where the winner is announced with the fish closest to the randomly drawn hidden weight. This also allows for everyone to have a chance to be a winner.
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?
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 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.
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.
Stay tuned for 2018 Derby Rules & Regulations. For further information, please contact Guest Services.
Official 2017 Salmon Derby Results
Congratulations to all the participants and thanks to all our sponsors! Thank you all so very much for coming out!