About the Salmon Derby

In the past, Ucluelet was known only as one of the main commercial fishing hubs on Vancouver Island. This idea is changing, though, as fewer commercial boats fish the area due to tighter commercial regulations. Sport fishing is not heavily impacted by these regulations, and this industry has seen consistent growth in Ucluelet during the last several years. As increasing numbers of sport-fishermen and other vacationers have visited the area, the town’s publicity and its tourism industry have grown. Many of these sport-fishermen return annually, since the amount of salmon caught per person in Ucluelet is arguably as good as or better than any other location in the world.

The derby is sponsored by Breaker’s Marine, Harbour Chandler, Far West Foods, Pioneer Boat Works, Eagle Marine, SonBird Garbage Disposal, Salmon Eye Charters, Ocean Dreams B&B, and Beachcomber Ocean Tours, among others. Prizes include $1800 cash, a 2.5 Suzuki motor, a 640 C Eagle Depth Sounder, vacuum packing, a four-hour fishing charter, and more.

So fishermen, we invite you to clean your tackle boxes and get your best lures out — it may be your turn to be King of the Hill if you catch the biggest Chinook in the derby! This is a great time of year to bring your friends out on the water. Not only will you take home some fish, but maybe even some other prizes as well!