2009 Golden North Salmon Derby Rules

Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2009

Pink & chum salmon will not be accepted. Derby participants are encouraged to return pink and chum salmon unharmed to the water, unless they are retained for personal consumption.

Derby entry fee and tickets. Contestants 13 years and older must purchase a $40 entry ticket. Contestants 12 years and younger 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.

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 50 prizes or other prizes.

Eligibility. Any person who has a validated derby entry ticket is eligible to fish in the derby. Children 15 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age. 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 a 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.

Tackle. Only lawful 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.

Weighing fish. Only the following stations will have weighing scales that must be used for official weighing of salmon:

Weigh-In Locations and times:

Friday and Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

*Sunday:7:30 a.m. -6:00 p.m.

*See Signal Bomb paragraph for additional Sunday information.

Validation of tickets. Seven validating stations will be open. Not all validation stations are weigh-in stations. Tickets can be validated per the following schedule:

Contestants may proceed directly to the fishing areas after validating their derby entry tickets.

Validation stations & times

Amalga Harbor: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm

Auke Bay: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm

Aurora Basin*: 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Douglas Boat Harbor:

7:30 am - 7:00 pm

Harris Harbor*:

7:30 am - 8:30 am

North Douglas Boat Ramp*:

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Tee Harbor*:

7:30 am- 12:00pm

*Friday and Saturday only.

Firearms. Use of firearms from any boat will disqualify all contestants on that boat from the derby.

All species of salmon, except pink and chum, will be accepted. All fish must be uncleaned, presented in the round. 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.

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.

Signal 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 50 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.

Derby area limits. Waters open to derby participants are described as follows:

North 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.

South boundary 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.

All other waters are closed to derby fishing.

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.

Prize 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 donor's estimate. Taxes on all prizes are the responsibility of the individual winner. In accordance with IRS rules, winners of cash 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 officials' 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.

Special notes:

• Derby participants must comply with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game sports fishing regulations. Contestants cited for violating these regulations while in the derby will be disqualified.

• For special prizes and scholarship prizes involving age, the contestant must request that the dock worker note the angler's age on the weigh-in slip.

Any 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.

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