Greenstones four fish derbies

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September 28th, 2016

Four Fish Derbies in One Municipality

Are you looking to win $10,000 for finishing first, fishing one of the longest running derbies in Ontario, landing a 45lb Lake Trout, or hooking into a Smallmouth Bass? Greenstone is the place that can make it happen this summer.

Greenstone host’s four different fish derbies in the summer months that range from focusing on avids to being family oriented.

Geraldton Walleye Classic (4th Weekend in June)

The Geraldton Walleye Classic is the biggest derby in Greenstone in terms of participants and prize money.  The Geraldton Walleye Classic Tournament format is a two person team, fishing for two days, total combined weight, live release tournament. It takes place out at beautiful McLeod Provincial Park just east of Geraldton off Highway 11. The Geraldton Walleye Classic is part of The Northern Ontario Walleye Trail. The NOWT is a fishing tournament circuit that awards anglers points at each of the six tournaments. Events include Mattagami, Dubreuilville, Geraldton, Sault Ste. Marie, Kapuskasing and Sagamok. Anglers receive points based on their finish in that event with their 3 best finishes used to calculate their placement in the “Angler of the Year” race.

Caramat Fish Derby (2nd Weekend in July)

The Caramat Fish Derby is one of, if not, the longest running fish derbies in Ontario, approaching its 60th year which speaks volumes of the volunteers and the community for keeping it going. It is not a catch and release derby and you can fish any lake for any species. This is a more family oriented derby as there are prizes for every child. The weigh-in takes place Sunday afternoon.

For more information contact Armand Giguere at (807) 854-8582 or by e-mail at

Lake Nipigon Trout Hunt (3rd Weekend in July)

The Lake Nipigon Trout Hunt is simple; the biggest fish wins. With Lake Trout up to 45lbs, the Lake Nipigon Trout Hunt attracts anglers from all over Canada and the United States. The derby is truly remarkable as it is one the best of its kind when fishing for Lake Trout. There is a campground at beautiful Poplar Lodge Park just minutes down the road from High Hill Harbour where the boats are launched and campsites are available.

For more information contact Norma Cox at (807) 853-0195.

The Nakina Bass Derby (Long Weekend in August)

The Nakina Bass Tournament is a two-person team, fishing for two days, total combined weight, live release tournament. With 60 to 65 teams, there are cash prizes for the top 5 teams and everyone who enters gets some type of prize as well as a steak dinner. The tournament is held at beautiful Cordingley Lake in Nakina.

If you are in the Greenstone area this summer and would like to participate in a derby or if you would like to hang out at the venue and enjoy the festivities visit Greenstone’s website or contact Greenstone’s Tourism Coordination 807-854-1100 ext.2061 for all your information. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook.