PUBLISHED: 11:06 AM on Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Month-long fishing tourney underway

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  The Spring King Derby isn't only a fishing contest -Eit's a time for families to spend time together, for the older generations to teach their children to fish, and for participants to enjoy the many blessings of the gorgeous part of the world we live in. Here, uncle Jeff is sharing some fishing ideas with nephew Casey.
It's each man, woman and child for themselves starting May 1 in the race to get the largest fish in the Spring King Salmon Derby.

Tickets may be purchased at various locations in Juneau for $30, and participants have until 7 p.m. May 31 to reel in their catch. Fish may be brought to DeHart's, Fisherman's Bend, Jerry's Meats and Seafoods or Taku Fisheries' dock for weigh-in.

This year's grand prize is $10,000 plus airline tickets and other prizes. There's also a $500 prize from Valley Auto Parts for the participant with the smallest fish.

Even those not fishing have a chance to win money. There will be weekly drawings for $100 for everyone who purchases derby tickets.

All funds from the derby tickets go to the Alumni Scholarship Assistance Program of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

"It is a fund-raiser and all the ticket money goes to the scholarships," said Leslie Isturis, CCTHITA higher education specialist. "We like to give back and help council members get a higher education."

Boundaries for the contest from Juneau are northeast to Point Saint Mary over to Danger Point, southwest to Point Couverden and Twin Point and southwest to Point Styleman. The derby Web site,, will be updated each day with photos and participant standings, Isturis said.

The spring derby began in 1997. The biggest fish caught so far was a 51.4 pounder, caught by Robert A. Dilley in 2004. The smallest fish weighed 26.8 lbs. and was caught by Kevin Siska, also in 2004.

Prize donations come from Sealaska Corporation, Huna Heritage Foundation, Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp, ANB Camp 2, Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2, Brad Fluetsch, Douglas Indian Association and Vocation Training Resource Center. All sponsorship money goes to administrative costs, advertising and rewards.

All participants must possess an Alaska sport fishing license with the required stamps or be legally entitled to fish without a license or stamps. Those who have been disqualified from a previous derby may not participate. Also, non-participants may not fish in the same boat as participants. A fish caught by proxy may not be entered.

For more information about the derby, go online to or call Leslie Isturis at 463-7133.