Become a registered paid member of The Roadside Angler’s Guide, submit your big catch, and you could win a prize!

Starting May 1, 2017, The Roadside Angler’s Guide will feature annual competitions for paid members holding Standard, Premium, or Lifetime memberships. Simply register your fish on this website for a chance to win one or more of a number of prizes, including fly-in trips, ocean charters, float trips, and lodging, as well as fishing books, apparel, and Lifetime memberships to The Roadside Angler’s Guide. Enter as many fish and categories as you want! All entries must be taken from a body of water that is road accessible using sporting gear (rod and reel) following state fishing rules and regulations.

Several categories are available, including fly-fishing, surf-casting, freshwater, and All Species & Waters. Select entries for each category will be made available for viewing online with top qualifiers and winners featured on the website and in following editions of the book The Roadside Angler’s Guide. Catch-and-release entries are welcome for each of the main categories stated above.

For details on specific categories, qualified waters and species, how it works, and derby rules, please click on links or see below.

Derby Categories

The list below represents the main categories for the 2017 fishing season, starting on May 1 and continuing through December 31. Anglers can register their catch(es) in as many categories as is applicable. Please click on each category to see a listing of species that qualify and terms involved.


Fly-Fishing Surf-Casting Freshwater All Species & Waters

Qualified Waters

Fish must be caught in water that is accessible by established/public road and highway, either directly or by developed trail. All waters on the continuous Alaska road system in Southcentral, Interior, Arctic, and Southeast qualify, unless located on private land where access is closed to general public. If in doubt or have any questions, please contact us.

Watercraft (kayak, canoe, drift boat, raft, float tube) are allowable means as long as there exists direct road access to the specific water where fish was caught. Fish caught in an adjacent or connecting drainage or waterway not on the main road system do not qualify.

Qualified Species

All officially recognized Alaska sport fish may be entered, as well as a number of non-sporting species that are primarily saltwater fish. This ensures a very competitive and varied field of anglers of all ages and skill sets that may participate with the chance of winning a prize.


Pacific Salmon

King (Chinook) Salmon
Red (Sockeye) Salmon
Pink (Humpback) Salmon
Chum (Dog) Salmon
Silver (Coho) Salmon

Trout & Char

Steelhead Trout
Rainbow Trout
Lake Trout
Dolly Varden
Arctic Char

Freshwater Fish

Arctic Grayling
Whitefish (All Species)
Northern Pike

Saltwater Sport Fish

Rockfish (All Species)
Salmon Shark

Other Saltwater Fish

Spiny Dogfish
Skate (All Species)
Cod (All Species)
Flounder (All Species)
Sculpin (All Species)

How It Works

The top three derby contestants for each sub-category (king salmon, rainbow trout, etc.) in any of the main categories (fly-fishing, surf-casting, etc.) will automatically win either Roadside Angler merchandise (books, clothing) or service (website paid memberships). Each top sub-category winner will then be listed in the All Species & Waters category where a drawing will be held at the end of the season for three Grand Prizes, which may include a guided fishing charter, fly-in fishing trip, or service of similar prestige value.

A contestant may win only one Grand Prize; a Lifetime Membership will be awarded to contestants winning more than one top Grand Prize position.

No less than 10% of all proceeds from membership sales will go to a non-profit organization either involved with the rehabilitation of fish habitat or furthering the cause of sport fishing values. The exact financial contribution and recipient organization will be announced on this website within two weeks of derby ending.

Individuals holding paid memberships to automatically qualify to be in the derby.