2012 Golden North Salmon Derby Rules
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Pink & chum salmon will not be accepted.
All fish must be uncleaned, presented in the round. Derby participants are encouraged to return pink and chum salmon unharmed to the water unless they are retained for personal consumption.
here for guidelines on how to handle your fish
here for a salmon species identity chart
All Salmon accepted for scholarship prizes become property of
the Territorial Sportsmen, Inc. A contestant must show his or
her validated Derby ticket when presenting fish for weighing. ALL
FISH MUST BE PRESENTED UNCLEANED IN THE ROUND! Fish
to be weighed should be turned in as soon as possible, as significant
weight loss begins as soon as the fish leaves the water. All fish,
including scholarship fish, should be iced as soon as possible.
Dark fish will not be accepted and the decision of a Derby official
is final. Fish may be opened and checked in the presence
of Derby officials.
Fish quality. Salmon that show evidence of contamination, sun burn, bruising and/or flesh deterioration will not be accepted. Dark fish will not be accepted and the decision of a Derby official is final. Help us maintain fish quality. Fish must be uncleaned in the round.
Derby entry fee and tickets. Contestants 13 years
and older must purchase a $40 entry ticket. Contestants
6 to 12 years of age must purchase a $10 entry
ticket. These tickets are good for all days of the derby. No refund of entry fees will be made. Contestants must validate their tickets on the first day of their fishing and may stay out on the Derby grounds all three days. You need to validate your ticket only once. If you do not fish your ticket must be validated prior to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Derby officials. Derby officials are at the boat
docks and harbors. Contestants must take their fish to these officials
for checking and weighing to become eligible to enter the competition
for one of the top 66 fish or other prizes.
Eligibility. Any person who has a validated Derby
entry ticket is eligible to fish in the Derby. You must be at born before August 10, 2006 to participate in the derby (6 years of age). Children 12 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age. A person with a child ticket weighing a fish must be accompanied by an adult holding a validated derby ticket. Derby officials will check derby tickets of people accompanying a child weighing-in a fish. The person who weighs in the fish must be the person who caught the fish. In the case of a protest the angler may be requested to pass of polygraph test.
Entrants may not fish with non-entrants. Non-entrants, regardless of age, may not fish in the same boat with entrants, but may go along for the enjoyment of the outing.
must be the angler. The person turning in a fish for a prize,
must be the same person who actually caught that fish, or they will
be disqualified. Also, in the case of a protest, the angler may
be requested to take a polygraph test.
sport fishing tackle may be used.
Boat fishing only.Derby participation is restricted to fishing from vessels. Fish taken by dock fishing or shore fishing will not be accepted. All fish must be delivered in the round, uncleaned, to an official weigh-in station by vessel only.
fish. Only the following stations will have the weighing
scales that must be used for official weighing of salmon.
• Auke Bay
• Douglas Harbor
for official locations of Derby weigh-in stations
Shoreside weigh-in times. Friday and Saturday 7:30am-7:00pm.
Validation of tickets. Eight validating stations will be
open. NOT ALL VALIDATION STATIONS ARE WEIGH-IN
STATIONS. Tickets can be validated by the following schedule:
Douglas Boat Ramp*
and Saturday only
**Sunday validation ends at 6:00pm
Once a contestant has validated, the contestant may
not take a boat out of the Derby area limits. The contestant may return the boat to the harbor or take a boat from the water to trailer home. The contestant may return a boat to a harbor even if the contestant has a weigh-in fish but does not return to the harbor during official weigh-in hours.
Use of firearms from any boat will disqualify all contestants on
that boat from the Derby.
bomb. A closing signal will be sounded near the three shore-based official weigh-in stations (Douglas Harbor, Amalga Harbor, Auke Bay Harbor) at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, by which time all boats wishing to enter fish at the weigh-in stations for one of the top 66 prizes must be inside the finish line.
Boats, speed, and limits. Every vessel propelled by machinery, regardless of horsepower, must have its name or number clearly displayed. Speed of all vessels during the Derby, while within the reduced-speed areas (see map) is limited to five (5) m.p.h. or less to avoid large wakes. Markers to indicate the reduced speed zones near the three shore-based weigh-in stations have been placed at reasonable distances from the station.
Waters open to Derby Participants are described as follows:
BOUNDARY LINES – those waters North of a line extending from Pt. Lizard Head (58.10.9N, 134.52.7W) to the south shore of Rocky Island (58.10.6N, 135.03.15W) and then to the south end of Entrance Island (58.11.7N, 135.05.08W). Swanson Harbor is open for overnight anchorage, but is out of the fishing grounds. And those waters South of a line from Pt. Bridget on the mainland to Pt. Whidbey on the Chilkat Peninsula, St. James Bay is part of the Derby grounds.
LINES– those waters South of a line extending from Cooper Point (58.14.215N,134.6.371W) to the north shore of Greely Point (58.12.864N, 134.5.188W) in Taku Inlet. AND, those waters North of a line extending from Twin Point (57.54.642N, 133.59.644W) on the Glass Peninsula, to Point Styleman (57.58.455N, 133.53.958W) on the mainland. Port Snettisham is open for overnight anchorage, but is out of the Derby grounds.
other waters are closed to Derby fishing. Official
Map of Derby Area Limits
closed to Derby fishing also include the five miles per hour
zone near the Derby officials stations (see
area limits map).
boat and all contestants thereon found in violation of speeding,
boating outside the Derby area, or in any way posing a hazard
to other contestants, shall be disqualified from the Derby.
Derby Prizes will be awarded beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 16th, at Centennial Hall. Prizes winners or designated representatives must attend Awards Night. Winners must present their entry and weigh-in ticket stubs at Awards Night in order to claim their prize. The official list of all prizes will be available on the salmon derby website at www.goldennorthsalmonderby.org on Wednesday, August 15th.
Winners of the Scholarship Fund Prizes and Special Prizes must show their scholarship ticket to claim their prize from Territorial Sportsmen, Inc. on Awards Night.
The Top 66 Prizes! The first 66 contestants catching the largest salmon will have their choice of any one of the prizes except that 1st prize goes to the largest fish and prize number 66 is reserved for the person catching the 66th top weight. The 59 prize is sponsored by Prudential Southeast Alaska Real Estate/Debbie White because she won the 59th Golden North Salmon Derby. After the award of 1st, 59th, and 66th place prizes; the 2nd place finisher gets his or her choice of any remaining prize, then 3rd and so forth until all prizes are claimed. Only one of the top 66 prizes will be awarded to each contestant. In case of a tie, the earliest entered weighed fish will receive the highest standing. If winners or their designated representative are not present on Awards Night to claim prizes, unclaimed prizes shall be awarded to alternates. Alternates will be the person that caught the 67th through the 71st placed fish.
policy and taxes. The Territorial Sportsmen, Inc. is not responsible for any prizes donated by merchants who do not give as pledged. The values shown on the prize list are set by the donors. The Territorial Sportsmen, Inc. will not be responsible if any prizes prove to be less valuable than shown in the donorís estimate. Taxes on all prizes are the responsibility of the individual winner. In accordance with IRS rules, winners of prizes valued at $600 or more must provide their taxpayer identification number at awards night. Failure to do so will result in withholding the prize.
Protests. Protests of any nature must be made in person at the Officialsí stations. Then the contestant must present his or her case personally to the Board of the Territorial Sportsmen, Inc. at their Derby certification meeting at noon on the Tuesday following the Derby.
Certification. The certification meeting will be at the Mi Casa at noon on the Tuesday following the Derby. Decisions of the Board are final.
note. Derby participants must comply with the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game sports fishing regulations. Contestants cited for violating these regulations while in the Derby will be disqualified.
note. For special prizes and scholarship prizes involving age, the contestant must request that the dock worker note the anglerís age on the weigh-in slip.