ctrl down video player instagram facebook youtube pinterest twitter Home Menu Where Am I? Subscribe Popular
Northern Ontario Travel
The Official Magazine
Home > Explore > Algoma Country

Fishing Derbies and Events in Algoma Country

Enter any of these fishing derbies with your friends or family. • Credit: James Smedley Outdoors
Image credit

Fishing Derbies and Events in Algoma Country

2021 Derby Calendar

Some derbies have been postponed until 2022.

Our annual summer and ice fishing derbies are a great way to connect with fellow anglers and to spend time with your family and friends. You also have chances to win prizes and cash, experience awesome fishing and camaraderie among fellow anglers. We keep the list updated with the most current information so please check back.

Did I miss a derby? Send me an email at info@algomacountry.com

Find the Algoma Country Festivals and Events calendar at www.algomacountry.com.

Winter ice fishing derbies

Dubreuilville Magpie Winter Pike Derby
Date: 2022 date TBA
Cash Prizes: First $7,000, Second $4,000, Third $2,000, Fourth $1,000 Fifth: $500; registration skill prize of $5,000 *prizes based off minimum 200 entries
Entry Fee: members $100, non-members $110
Learn more: www.dubreuilville.ca

Chapleau Pike Ice Fishing Derby
Date: 2022 date TBA
Big Cash Prizes: Derby Tickets enter you for a chance to win a truck whether you fish or not. Top Eight Fish awarded prizes, cash prizes.
Entry Fee: $155 per ticket.
Start Time: 7 am - 4 pm
Buffet dinner starts 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Must be a ticket holder to enter the event.
Phone: 705-864-1114
Where to Stay: Chapleau

Hearst Ice Fishing Derby
Date: 2022 TBA
Johnson Lake; youth tournament aged 18 yrs and younger
Contact Hearst Anglers and Hunters Club by phone: (705) 362-0215

Elliot Lake Ice Fishing Derby
Date: 2022 date TBA
Real in the big one! Elliot Lake's annual Ice Fishing Derby takes place on Horne Lake.
First Prize: Half the Purse. The top 10 are GUARANTEED a prize! Thousands in door prizes to be randomly drawn.
Registration forms are available at the Elliot Lake Welcome Centre and Elliot Lake Trading Post. Or register by phone at 1-800-661-6192; credit cards will be accepted over the phone.
Entry fee: $113+HST
Learn more: 1-800-661-6192
Where to Stay: Elliot Lake, Blind River

Wawa Ice Fishing Derby
Date: March 4th, 5th, 6th 2022
Wawa's Annual Ice Fishing Derby draws a huge crowd each year! The Derby takes place on Wawa Lake, Hawk Lake, and Manitowik Lake.
Limited to 1400 participants.
Prizes: Six prizes for the Largest Fish (by weight) of any species caught on Each Derby Lake. Eighteen prizes in total.
Entry fee: $150.00 (Cash or Cheque) or $155.00 (Online or Credit Card) (HST is included in prices)
Food, beverages, pancake breakfast, fish fry, Fisherman's dinner on Sunday, games, socials, prizes, and events for the whole family.
For more information and to register visit the Wawa Ice Fishing Derby website or phone 1-888-290-FISH (3474).
Where to stay: Wawa

Children's Perch Derby
Date: 2022 date TBA
Entry fee: $5 per child; must be accompanied by an adult
A catch and release derby for children aged 14 years and under. The registration fee includes prizes, hot dogs, and drinks.
Registration starts at 9 am at West Neebish Road in Laird Township and close at 11 am. The measuring station opens until 1 pm.

Ernie Eddy Memorial Children's Ice Fishing Derby
Date: 2022 date TBA
Entry fee: FREE
Held each year by the St. Joseph Island Hunters and Anglers Association, cash prizes and trophies are awarded to winning participants, and gifts are provided by the sponsors to all children that enter.
10am - 3pm
Hot chocolate, hot dogs, and many other goodies are served all day.
Each participating child receives a St. Joseph Island Hunters and Anglers Association Lucky Strike Bait Works lures.
Where to Stay: St. Joseph Island

Hearst Ice Fishing Derby
Date: 2022 date TBA
Lake Pavibiska; open to everyone
Learn more: www.hearst.ca or phone (705) 362-0215
Where to Stay: Hearst


Dubreuilville Magpie Walleye Derby
Date: 2022 date TBA
The Magpie River reservoir has many places to fish for walleye and offers anglers 20 miles of great fishing! Cash Prizes to be won.
For more information and to register for the derby visit the website or phone (705) 884-2703
Entry fee: $260 cash, cheque, e-transfer or $270 PayPal
Where to Stay: Dubreuilville

Hearst Spring Derby
Date: 2022 date TBA

Hosted on the Hearst Chain of Lakes: Pivabiska, Wolverine, Hanlan, and St-Thérèse. A catch and release derby for the whole family, on the Chain of lakes, starting at 8 am at Veilleux Marina and ending at 4 pm. Prizes will be drawn at 6 pm under the tent. Lots of prizes: 12 chances per boat; prize for longest walleye, pike, and perch; special prize for our members; 50/50 draw all day.
Onsite: hot dogs, fries, chili, and refreshments.
Entry fee: $75
For more information: 1-800-655-5769 or visit www.hearst.ca
Where to Stay: Hearst

Big Pike Family Fishing Derby
Date: TBA
Longest fish wins, Grand Prize $250 and Trophy, 1st - 2nd - 3rd Runner Up Trophies and Cash for Adults and for Youth. Draw prize opportunities for all registrants. BBQ from Noon to 4 pm. Proceeds benefit Johnson Township Recreation programs and Johnson Township Fire Dept equipment purchases.
Registration: 8 am at Johnson Township Public Dock (Hwy 17 and Lake Huron Drive)
Entry Fee: $15 per adult, $5 under 15, $25 per family
Learn more: (705) 782-6601 x 1-205 or visit www.johnsontownship.ca

Annual Island Fishing Derby - St. Joseph Island
Date: 2021 TBA
Coinciding with Ontario's Free Fishing Weekend, this fishing derby invites children and adults to get out and fish together. Promoting catch and release, registered participants are asked to take a photo of their catch and submit it with all the details by email to the St. Joseph Island Anglers and Hunters. Photos are reviewed daily and uploaded to the tournament gallery leaderboard. There are separate categories for children and adults.
Cash prizes awarded to the longest fish caught in each species category.
Registration Fees: $50 per adult, $20 per child (cash only)
Register: Hunters and Anglers Conservation Centre, 1802 20th Sideroad, St. Joseph Island

Thessalon Riverbank Fishing Derby
Date: 2022 date TBA
Entry Fee: $5 per child at the time of sign up
Taking place at Peace Park, the Thessalon Fishing Derby is a children's fishing derby with 4 age categories and prizes to be won. All kids participating in the derby must wear a life jacket and be supervised. There will also be music and marshmallow roasting.
Start Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
More details phone: (705) 842-2217

Wawa Salmon Derby
Date: 2021 TBA
Wawa's Superior Sporting Event is holding its Annual Salmon Tournament on Lake Superior. Food, beverages, pancake breakfast, fish fry, Fisherman's dinner on Sunday, games, socials, prizes, and events for the whole family.
Big Cash Prize for the largest salmon
Entry fee: $220 per team
Register: Wawa Salmon Derby website or phone Buck's Marina (705) 856-4488
Where to stay: Wawa


  • Mother’s Day Weekend in May (May 8-9, 2021)
  • Father’s Day Weekend in June (June 19-20, 2021)
  • Family Fishing Week in July (July 3-11, 2021)

Ontario License Free Fishing - 12:01 am Saturday to 11:59 pm Sunday
This is a great way to get out and enjoy fishing with the family and teach the younger generation the joy of fishing in Algoma Country! Canadian residents are allowed the chance to fish in Ontario waters license-free from 12:01 am Saturday to 11:59 pm Sunday). This free fishing event is only valid during these dates. At any other time, it's important to know that Canadian residents between ages 18 and 64 must purchase a valid fishing license to legally fish in Ontario.
Learn more: www.ontariofamilyfishing.com

Featured articles