The Derby Committee may, at their discretion, meet such emergencies as they arise, with additions to, or amendments of, these rules. The Derby Committee has the power to make decisions in the matters pertaining to the Derbies, including eligibility, time limits, weights, and questions relative to participation and conduct of the Derbies; and their decisions shall be final and conclusive on all issues.
Derby Tickets: Participants must present their derby ticket stub to weigh in a fish, derby tickets are not transferable.
Non-Entrants: Non-entrants, regardless of age may NOT fish in the same boats with derby entrants. (They may come along for the enjoyment of the day, just not fish)
Weight: Coho entered must be a minimum of 16". If, in the opinion of the judges, any attempt is made to artificially enhance the weight of a fish the contestant will be disqualified from this and all future Wrangell Fish Derbies. The use of live fish wells or tanks is prohibited
Tackle: Fishing in the derbies must be done with sport fishing gear. All fish must be caught on rod and reel. Entrants must fish only one rod at a time. Any hand-lines, commercial long-line gear or commercial nets found on board the boat will disqualify that boat and all contestants on board.
The Catch: You must catch your own fish. The contestant must hook and play their own fish in a sportsmanlike manner, unaided by another person, except for receiving assistance in netting. If a participant is found to have dishonestly entered a fish they did not catch both parties may be disqualified.
Species: All fish entered in the Derby must be of the species defined by the Derby entry ticket. Any questionable entry shall be reviewed by the Derby Judges’ Committee or Derby Official within 48 hours of notification to determine eligibility or disqualification. Decisions as to the authenticity of the species by the Derby Official or Judge will be final and binding.
Conduct of Contestant: Any contestant interfering with another contestant by running over or crossing the line while the latter is catching a fish is subject to disqualification, including unsportsmanlike boating to disrupt the catching of a salmon. (placing another contestant in a dangerous situation)
Prizes: No one contestant may win more than one of the top three season prizes for each Derby.
Salmon: The contestant who catches the heaviest salmon by round weight and presents that fish to the weigh-in station within the prescribed period, and who has complied with all Derby rules as applicable, shall be judged the winner. OVERALL: 1st, 2nd, 3rd: The three heaviest salmon weighed in during the entire season will be awarded the top three overall prizes in order of ranking by weight.
Halibut: The contestant who catches the heaviest halibut by round weight and presents that fish to the weigh-in station within the prescribed period, and who has complied with all Derby rules applicable, shall be judged the winner. OVERALL: 1st, 2nd, 3rd: The three heaviest halibut weighed in during the dates dedicated to halibut will be awarded the top three overall prizes in order of ranking by weight.
Boundaries: CohoDerby fishing is open to all saltwater wherever Coho sport fishing is open. Halibut Derby fishing is open wherever Halibut sport fishing is open.
Misconduct & Reporting: What to do if you see a violation of the rules or see an issue arise? Witnesses to any violation of Derby Rules must WRITE AND SIGN a detailed complaint within 24 hours of alleged misconduct and submit to the Derby Committee for decision.
Taxes: Any taxes on cash or other prizes are the sole responsibility of the accepting individual winners. Certain prize winners will be asked to provide a tax identification number and will be subject to the withholding of income tax under IRS regulations. Winning contestants reserve the right to refuse any prizes of their choice. Reported dollar value will reflect the actual value of the prize received.
The Derby Committee assumes no responsibility for changes in schedule or prized due to any circumstances beyond its control.
Wrangell Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to use any entrant’s name and/or photo in any advertising and/or promotion of future Derbies without compensation.