Big Lake Summer Fishing Derby

Contributed by Big Lake Chamber of Commerce

The Big Lake Chamber of Commerce kicks off its annual (once fall now summer) fishing derby August 6 & 7 with two days of fun and prizes for all ages at Burkeshore Marina in Big Lake.

The family friendly event promotes sport fishing in the Mat-Su Borough community and encourages families to participate in a healthy outdoor event. This year we’ve brought a little extra to the event.

The Big Lake Derbies are designed for anglers of all ages. Cash prizes are awarded to 1st through 3rd place winners in the adult categories: Trout, Dolly & Women’s. Trophies are awarded to youth 1st through 3rd place in both Dolly and Trout categories. There are two age divisions, 10 to 15 & 9 and under. This year Artic Cat has guaranteed an Alterra 400 Four-Wheeler to be awarded to one of the 1st thru 3rd place winners in the adult categories!

The Big Lake Chamber, thanks again to Arctic Cat, has added a tagged fish element to the traditional derby and raffle event. The prizes are going to be fantastic! Arctic Cat has sponsored a prize package valued at $20,000, exclusively for the one who catches the tagged fish. 

This year’s raffle prizes include a $500 Gift Certificate from Sportsmen’s Warehouse and a Yukon Rack valued at $375 courtesy of Yukon Rack. Be sure and check out these amazing built- for Alaskan bunk beds on Facebook!

More prizes will be rolling in between now and the derby. There are lots of chances to win big! Remember you don’t have to fish to win and you don’t have to win the top prize to have fun! Arctic Cat will be out there with us offering demo rides.

Thanks to our amazing sponsors for helping to pull off yet another great event!! 

MTA, MVFCU, Country Legend’s, Sportsmen’s Warehouse, AK Custom Containers & Storage, Coast Magazine, Yukon Rack, DG Signs, Scotts Heating & Air Conditioning Services, AK Custom Containers, Lowes, Moonshine Shop, Steve’s Toyo Stove, Hilda’s Barber Shop and Mat-Su Test Lab!

It is never too late to get involved. The Chamber encourages those interested in being part of the event to check in with Deb Kirk at 892-6109. 

For more details, contact the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce at (907) 892- 6109 or