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2012 Boxing Day Steelhead Derby

Posted on December 17th 2012, by Chilliwack Fish & Game Protective Association

Peter McPherson, past King Fisher at the Boxing Day Steelhead Derby in Chilliwack

Chilliwack Fish & Game Protective Association will once again be hosting its annual boxing Day Steelhead Derby on the Chilliwack/Vedder River. Started in 1938, this event has a long tradition, drawing out both avid and new anglers who hope to to catch the largest steelhead after Christmas Day.

Entry Fees

  • Chilliwack Fish & Game Club members, juniors (17 and under), seniors (over 65) - $10.00
  • Non-members - $20.00

Ticket Sales

Tickets are available until December 24th, 2012 at Fred's Custom Tackle (both in Chilliwack and Abbotsford), Chilliwack Dart & Tackle and Kent Outdoors.

On the way of the derby, tickets will be available from 6:00am to 10:00am at the Chilliwack Fish & Game Club House (48685 Chilliwack Lake Road, across from Thompson Park).

Fishing Areas

For the purpose of this contest, fishing will be on the Chilliwack/Vedder River from the confluence of Slesse Creek and downstream to the Highway One Bridge. Fish must be caught in the Chilliwack/Vedder River on December 26th 2012, during the contest.

Ticket Punches

All participating anglers must have their ticket punched at one of the designated punch stations on the morning of the derby, before proceeding to fish. Only one ticket may be purchased per angler and those who weigh in a fish must present both their punched ticket and their valid and legally filled licence to validate their fish's place in the contest.

Punch stations will be located at:

  • Likcman Road
  • 6:30am to 8:30am
  • Tamahi Bridge
  • 6:30am to 8:30am
  • Chilliwack Fish & Game Club House
  • 6:30am to 10:00am

    Derby Day Schedule

  • Coffee at Club House stars
  • 6:00am
  • Ticket sales at Club House
  • 6:00am - 10:00am
  • Lunch
  • 10:00am - 3:30pm
  • Weigh-in scale closes
  • 2:00pm
  • Prize distribution starts
  • 2:30pm

    Trophy Categories

    Trophies will be awarded in the following order:

    • Heaviest fish weighed in (King Fish Trophy)
    • First fish weighed in
    • Second heaviest fish weighed in
    • Third heaviest fish weighed in
    • Fourth heaviest fish weighed in
    • Fifth heaviest fish weighed in
    • Heaviest fish by a club member
    • Heaviest fish by a lady
    • Heaviest fish by a junior
    • Heaviest fish by a senior
    • Smallest fish weighed in
    • Hidden weight fish

    More Information

    Please note that all recreational fishing regulations apply to this derby. Only hatchery-marked steelhead can be retained and there is a one fish limit per day.

    For more information about the derby, please phone the Chilliwack Fish & Game Protective Association at 604-858-4202.

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