King salmon derby confirmed for 2 weekends in June

The dates for this year’s king salmon derby have been set for two weekends: June 7-9 and June 14-16.

The chamber of commerce is still deciding other details like the prizes for the largest fish and cost of tickets, said Tommy Wells, executive director of the chamber, which sponsors the annual event — now in its 69th year.

King salmon runs have been weak in recent years — only 15 fish were turned in for weighing during last year’s derby.

District 8 in front of Wrangell and the Stikine River is closed again this year to king salmon sportfishing through July 14, the same as in recent years. District 6, west of Etolin and Zarembo islands, and most of District 7, east and south of Wrangell, are closed to kings until June 14.

Derby contestants must follow Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations when it comes to sportfishing. King salmon caught must be over 28 inches or longer. For bag limits and other regulations, visit


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