Tofino & Ucluelet Travel Guide for the West-Coast of Vancouver Island BC, Canada

Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby

Village: Ucluelet
Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby.

NO UCLUELET FISHING DERBY till further notice !

The Ucluelet Salmon Enhancement Society by way of the Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby has raised $12000 for the Thornton Creek Hatchery over the past three summers.

Participate in the Annual Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby and help us raise our goal for the salmon enhancement projects on Vancouver Island's west coast!

You too can fish in the biggest fishing event on the west coast...and the chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes in the summer of 2013! Thank you for your support!

Invitation only FISH OFF will be held the September Long Weekend this year.
August 31st and September 1st, 2013

Derby Tickets: $10 Daily and $50 for the Season.

Through sponsorships, donations, and ticket sales the Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby is able to reward monthly prizes for the biggest fish.
Invitation only Fish Off in September with cash and prizes valuing up to $60,000.
This year we had a Hidden Weight Grand Prize of $250,000!

Press Release
Ucluelet, April 26th, 2013:

The Ucluelet Salmon Enhancement Society (USES) had their Annual General Meeting on April 25th. The society has confirmed that the 4th Annual Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby (USLD) will proceed as usual, however they have made a few changes.
The date of the Fish Off weekend, originally scheduled for September 6th-8th, has been rescheduled to occur over the Labour Day long weekend. The derby’s Fish Off will take place on Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st. Prize presentations and closing ceremonies will take place on Monday, September 2nd as part of the 4th Annual Ucluelet Salmon Festival.

In order to generate more participation in the Fish Off, the USLD will extend an invitation to anglers participating in the summer long fishing event who catch and register a Tyee, a salmon that weighs 30 pounds or more.

Eric Russcher will be the Derby Coordinator this year. The USES Board of Directors are Alan Boyd of Wild Pacific Charters, Dan Dowell of Pacific Waters Charters, Darren Dickenson and Brett Thomas of Big Bear Charters.

The USES requires additional representation on the Board of Directors from the accommodation sector in Ucluelet. The USLD attracts anglers from all over North America, enhances sport fishing tourism and attracts visitors to local accommodation providers. Those who are interested in this opportunity are to contact Eric Russcher.

Early Bird tickets for the USLD are $35.00 and available for purchase until April 30th. Anglers can purchase tickets online at or at a participating ticket vendor in Ucluelet and Port Alberni. Regular ticket prices are $10.00 a day or $50.00 for the entire season.

The USLD is a season long event where anglers can win big monthly prizes for fishing in Ucluelet. Top fish qualify for the big Fish Off weekend where participating fishermen and women compete for major cash and prizes including a Hidden Weigh Grand Prize of $250,000. All net proceeds go towards local salmon enhancement projects including the Thornton Creek Hatchery, the Central Westcoast Forest Society and the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

Eric Russcher, Derby Coordinator 250-726-8100
Lisa Brisco, Additional Inquiries 250-735-7779

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