NEW – Kiss My … Chinook Derby Rules

Official Kiss My … Chinook Derby Rules and Regulations

1. Official Fishing Date & Times

Saturday June 18th – Sunrise until 4:00 p.m.

2. Derby Headquarters and Weigh Station Location

The Kiss My … Chinook Derby will be headquartered at Pedder Bay RV Resort and Marina at 925 Pedder Bay Road (off Rocky Point Road) in Metchosin. The tournament’s official weigh station will be at the same location. The tournament coordinator and weigh master will be stationed at Pedder Bay Marina during the event.

3. Weighing in Fish

(i) – There is only one official weigh station for the Kiss My … Chinook Derby located at Pedder Bay RV Resort and Marina;
(ii) – The weigh station will be open on:

Saturday 18th June from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

(iii) – Contestants weighing in fish to the tournament MUST BE in the weigh scale line up by closing time each day to weigh their fish;
(iv) – Contestants weighing in fish MUST provide the weigh scale staff their derby rod ticket, valid SVIAC membership (*see clarification below) and valid tidal waters fishing license with necessary stamps attached for their entry to be validated;
(v) – Contestant tickets MUST all be assigned a person’s name for the derby and the weigh station MUST know that information before any fish can be weighed in on that ticket. Once the name of the person on the entry ticket is assigned, only fish from that entrant can be weighed in against that ticket;
(vi) – Each participant may enter ONE (1) salmon;
(vii) – All salmon entries must be greater than five (5) pounds in weight;
(viii) – Only salmon that meet the size criteria set out in the tidal water recreational fishing regulations in place at the time of the derby will be accepted at the scales;
(ix) – fish are not to be cleaned, gutted or physically damaged prior to being weighed in;
(x) – any person attempting to weigh in fish caught illegally, not in compliance with derby rules, caught outside the boundaries and/or caught outside the derby times will be disqualified immediately;

SPECIAL NOTE *: Derby ticket holders weighing in fish, where their ticket was purchased at a discounted price with the SVIAC membership ($10 less than printed ticket price), MUST be a member of SVIAC and hold a valid membership. This includes guests of members. If you have bought a ticket at the members discount price and are not a member you will not be allowed to weight in fish at the scales until you have either purchased a membership or paid the balance for a non-members ticket.

4. Fishing Boundaries

Juan de Fuca Fishing Tournament contestants can fish in the Canadian tidal waters off: Oak Bay, Victoria, Esquimalt, Colwood, Metchosin, East Sooke, Sooke and Shirley. The western boundary is a north – south line from the mouth of Jordan River to the US – Canadian International border in mid-Juan de Fuca Strait and the eastern boundary is a east – west line from Cadboro Point to the US – Canadian International border in mid-Haro Strait. Contestants can fish in the waters between the shores of Vancouver Island and the US – Canadian International border between the eastern and western boundaries.


Click on the thumbnail image to see a full-sized aerial photo of the fishing tournament boundaries – boundaries are marked by a yellow line.

Any contestants fishing outside the fishing boundaries will be disqualified. PLEASE NOTE: Sidney and Port Renfrew are outside the fishing tournament boundaries. Also you can NOT fish in US waters. For reference Fisheries and Oceans Canada fisheries management areas that can be fished by derby contestants are: Areas 19-1 to 19-4 and 20-5 plus the eastern portion of 20-4 upto a north-south line from Jordan River mouth to the US Canada border.

5. Fishing

(i) – all fishing must be done within the Kiss My … Chinook Derby rules;
(ii) – all derby participants MUST abide by Fisheries and Oceans Canada tidal waters recreational sport fishing regulations and be bound by any DFO fisheries management variation orders in effect at the time of the event;
(iii) – fish caught outside the derby boundaries are not eligible;
(iv) – fish caught outside the fishing times of the derby are not eligible;
(v) – derby participants can only register ONE (1) salmon in their name per ticket;
(vi) – contestants can fish with ONE rod per ticket and must display the rod sticker(s) for that ticket;
(vii) – contestants MUST display their rod ticket sticker(s) clearly on their boat (if boats are fishing with more than one rod ticket, all the stickers must be displayed clearly in one location).
(viii) – contestants boats can only fish with the number of rods that corresponds to the number of stickers displayed (One Sticker One rod, Two stickers Two Rods, Three stickers Three rods, etc.)
(ix) – No boats entered in the derby may come within 30 feet of any other boats. (except official government vessels or derby officials); and,
(x) – No boats entered in the derby may come within 30 feet of the shore except when docking or removing the boat from water at a launching ramp.

6. General Rules

(i) – tournament tickets are non-refundable (UNLESS THERE IS A SALMON FISHING CLOSURE ANNOUNCED PRIOR TO THE DERBY);
(ii) – by purchasing a ticket and entering the derby, individuals agree to abide by the derby rules;
(iii) – South Vancouver Island Anglers Coalition, the Kiss My … Chinook Derby organizer, will appoint event officials to oversee the smooth and fair operation of the event;
(iv) – Derby officials may, where necessary, make a ruling on or decisions related to the application of the official derby rules;
(v) – in the event of any dispute the derby organizers decisions will be respected and deemed as final;
(vi) – tournament officials have the right to conduct further examination or inspection of disputed or suspect catches that are in contention to win any prize, draws or event contests.

7. Prizes

There will be ONE (1) Cash Prize award to the largest legal salmon.
There will be ONE (1) Draw Prize drawn from any contestant holding a derby ticket.
These two prizes will increase in value as ticket sales grow. The largest fish and the draw cash prizes will start at a base value of $2,000 each. The more tickets sold the higher the prizes will go. If ticket sales meet expectation each prize should, but are not guaranteed to, reach $4,500