Salmon derby May 4

The Sidney Anglers Association (SAA) is gearing up to host their annual Salmon Derby.

The Sidney Anglers Association (SAA) is gearing up to host their annual Salmon Derby.

Money raised from the derby, which happens this year on May 4, is donated back into salmon enhancement projects. Funds are funneled through various groups like the Goldstream Hatchery and the Peninsula Streams Society.

“This is our third salmon derby now and we’re really hoping to raise a good amount for the enhancement projects,” said derby chairman Larry Dalziel. “In the past couple of years we’ve raised $12,000 in total so we’re looking to expand on that number again this year.”

The derby typically attracts upwards of 200 anglers for the two-day event which consists of a meet and greet barbecue on the Friday evening, the derby running Saturday out of the Port Sidney Marina and a catered dinner that night at the Mary Winspear Centre.

“It’s going to be a great event with some great prizes,” said Dalziel, adding the derby winner (biggest salmon) will receive a $5,000 cash prize, second, $3,000 and third, $1,000 cash prize. Other prizes include merchandise from event sponsors and bragging rights.

For details, registration, tickets and a full schedule of events, visit www.sidneyanglers.com.