Dear Fishing Friends!
We are pleased to announce the
34th Annual Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery Steelhead Derby

As we are only holding one derby this year, we will be filling up more quickly than usual.
Please note we are only registering 25 teams.
Our goal as always, will be to continue to provide you with an atmosphere of camaraderie,
amazing rivers, lots of fish and tall tales from the time you arrive on Thursday afternoon
until you depart on Sunday.
Lots of changes have happened, but the hatchery continues to need your support.
If you are unable to attend the derby, please encourage a friend to attend
in your place and/or make a donation for the cause.
Your financial contribution to Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery
allows fish enhancement and habitat restoration projects to happen

we can’t do it without your commitment.
Please do not hesitate to call for more information or assistance.

Kimberlee at (707) 218-7049
Derby Coordinator

Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery, Inc.
Nonprofit #23-‐7395095

DERBY DATE: February 18, 19 & 20, 2016 


Schedule of events






Years ago, Hank & Chopper Westbrook founded the first Cal-Ore Fishing Derby to raise funds for the enhancement of fisheries and streams within our area so that future generations would be able to enjoy clear rivers, great fishing and beautiful scenery for years to come. 

Smith River, CA.

Chetco River, OR.

The derbies consist of teams made up of four men and two guides. These teams are then divided into a A team & a B team. On Friday, the two man, 1 guide, A team will fish Oregon's Chetco River, while the B team fishes the Smith River. On Saturday, the teams switch to fish the opposite river.


The Derbies promote "catch & release" 
Each Derby averages 90% to 95% release.  


Each fishing derby contributes financial support to local fishery projects and the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery. The fishermen, taking part in each derby, not only have a magnificent time fishing and enjoying the camaraderie, they are supporting the area's fisheries and the environment.
These derbies are the largest source of income for Rowdy Creek Hatchery, a non-profit, private hatchery. Without the financial contributions of the derbies and the donations from private citizens, Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery could not survive. The Hatchery raises salmon and Steelhead which are released into the Smith River.
It is Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery's goal to keep the Smith River stocked with the fish that make it the best salmon and Steelhead River on the West Coast.