Spring King Salmon Derby is the Best Way to Enjoy Spring in Juneau

Are you planning a spring getaway with your family or a group of friends? Book a trip to Juneau and attending the Spring King Salmon Derby. This fantastic annual event usually takes place during the entire month of May and is sponsored by the Central Council: Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. It’s the perfect way to spend time in our city this spring!

May in Juneau hosts a refreshing change from our icy, snow-covered winter. Request a copy of our free Juneau Vacation Guide to discover our breathtaking landscape and attend events like the Spring King Salmon Derby. Enjoy the wonderful views of the Gastineau Channel on your 13-minute drive back to your spacious room at the Silverbow Inn.

Here Is Everything You Need to Know About the Spring King Salmon Derby

Usually held in May, this annual event showcases the native wildlife, King Salmon. The Spring King Salmon Derby has so much experience. If you want to learn more about this Alaskan festival, check out all of our local information and insights.

The Story Behind the Festival

Spring King Salmon Derby is the Central Council’s largest fundraiser to support college education and veterans affairs. The Central Council blended the Alaskan pastime of fishing with a way to support their own people. All proceeds go toward a tuition assistance fund to help Tlingit or Haida college students pay for their education. The Spring King Salmon Derby is also dedicated to and honors our active-duty military and veterans.

The Prizes

Each year, the Spring King Salmon Derby has an incredible turnout and awards generous prizes to the dedicated anglers who make this event so special. The grand prize is valued over $10,000 including cash and other gifts from the sponsors. The person who catches the largest king salmon during the event wins the grand prize.

Each time one is reeled in, it must be weighed and logged on the official score sheet. There will be a prize for the top 20 heavyweight salmon champions. The winners have until the beginning of June to claim their reward from the Vocational Training & Resource Center. Cast your line for a cause and you may even win big at the Spring King Salmon Derby!  

The Tickets

If you want to attend the fascinating Spring King Salmon Derby, early bird tickets are usually available at the end of April. Tickets are also available throughout the month-long celebration. You do not have to be a local to participate in this event! You’ll have the option to buy tickets by calling The Central Council directly. Remember, you don’t have to fish in the tournament in order to win a prize. When you buy a ticket, your name will automatically go into the weekly raffle to win amazing cash prizes!

Relax at Silverbow Inn

After an exciting day at the Spring King Salmon Derby, head back to the contemporary Silverbow Inn. Our City View King Room offers the most luxurious amenities with a comfortable king bed and private en-suite to relax. Each morning, grab to-go snacks and organic treats from our breakfast buffet to energize you for the next day. 

Recharge during your trip with us at Silverbow Inn!


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