41st Annual Salmon Derby

Friday April 28, 2017 - Sunday, May 7, 2017

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Salmon Derby Update

The 41st Annual 2017 Salmon Derby starts at 12:00 AM on Friday, April 28th and ends at 3:00 PM on Sunday, May 7th.

The removal of the old Sarnia Bay boat ramps and the delay in building the new replacement boat ramps is a concern for anglers fishing out of Sarnia during the derby. Thanks to Dave Brown at Bridgeview Marina, plans have been made to help address problem.

Bridgeview Marina Boat Ramp
Anglers fishing out of Sarnia will have to use the single boat ramp at Bridgeview Marina until the new boat Sarnia Bay boat ramps are completed in June or later. The boat ramp is located at Bridgeview Marina at the end of Venetian Boulevard across from Purdy’s Fisheries. Improvements will be made to the boat ramp and the dock at Bridgeview Marina to make the launching and loading of boats easier. Two attendants will be present to assist with traffic control and launching & loading of boats. Vehicles & trailers will park on the grass in front of Purdy’s Fisheries.

Free Dockage at Bridgeview Marina
In an effort to ease traffic & congestion at the boat ramp, Bridgeview Marina will provide free dockage for all 2017 Salmon Derby participants during the 10 day derby. Boats will be docked in the secure 100 – 800 dock area located beside the Holiday Inn Golf Course. Bridgeview Marina will provide stacking for anglers who do not want to leave their boat in the water during the derby. A free lift into and out of the water is available if your boat is too big to use the Bridgeview Marina boat ramp. The gas docks at Bridgeview Marina will be open during the Salmon Derby.  Contact Bridgeview Marina (1-800-265-0330 or 519-337-3888) to get your free dock for the Salmon Derby.

Sarnia Weigh Station
Due to the ongoing construction around Sarnia Bay and the decision to dock boats at Bridgeview Marina, it has been decided to move the Sarnia weigh station to the Bridgeview Marina parking lot on Venetian Boulevard (located between Venetian Village and the Holiday Inn) for the 2017 Salmon Derby.  The weighs station hours will be the same as usual (NOON – 8:00 PM daily except NOON – 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 7th).

More information will be available at the April 11th Bluewater Anglers General Membership Meeting.

December 2016 Update

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The 2017 Salmon Derby Committee has been working since early October to plan and prepare for the 2017 Salmon Derby.

The Salmon Derby total prize value will be $40,000 with no major changes to the derby format, prize structure or weigh-in stations. The initial response from previous and potential new Salmon Derby sponsors and tabloid advertisers has been very positive through mid December. We are hopeful that most of our previous derby sponsors and advertisers will return for the 2017 Salmon Derby. If you know of any company that might be interested in becoming a Salmon Derby sponsor, please contact Gerry Fawdry (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-542-2764). We will be happy to follow up on any leads.

The Village of Point Edward and KOOLATRON have returned as corporate sponsors of the Salmon Derby. The Village of Point Edward is donating the $5,000 first prize to be awarded to the lucky angler who catches the largest salmon during the derby. KOOLATRON is donating the 20 Daily Draw Prizes awarded during the derby in addition to 10 additional derby prizes. The two Tuna Charters are back again in 2017. One Tuna Charter will be awarded to the person who enters the largest Lake Trout during the derby. The second Tuna Charter winner will be drawn from all Salmon Derby participants who enter a fish during the derby. There will also be the Bonus Draw Prize (sponsored by The Outdoorsman) and the Bluewater Anglers Members Only Draw Prize (sponsored by Canadian Tire Sarnia).

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Tabloid Publication
2017 Bluewater Anglers Salmon Derby Major Prizes
Major Prizes
2017 Bluewater Anglers Salmon Derby Major Prizes
Rules and Regulations
2017 Bluewater Anglers Salmon Derby Rules
2017 Bluewater Anglers Salmon Derby Rules
Fish Counts '09 - '16
Comparison of Past Derby Results
2017 Bluewater Anglers Salmon Derby Poster

Derby Committee

2017 Bluewater Anglers Salmon Derby Committee

Standing: Dave Stewart, Lloyd Blondin, Pete Bothwell, Henry Kock, Kevin Thompson,
Gerry Fawdry, Bob Daly, Paul Heckley, John Barneveld
Seated: Helen Blondin, Ralph Eves, Linda Miller, Ed Holubowicz

Missing: Rick Vriesinga

Derby Limits

Weigh In Stations

Sarnia - Bridgeview Marina
Port Franks - Community Center

Sarnia Boat Launch Location

Sarnia Boat Launch Location

2016 Salmon Derby Winners

Largest Salmon - 17.96lbs
Kurt Vandenbroek, London
Bluewater Angler Salmon Derby 2016 Winner
Largest Trout - Boat - 10.86lbs RT
Mike Dillabough, Corunna
Largest Trout - Shore - 15.90lbs RT
Brocke Fulkerson, Sarnia
Largest Lake Trout - 17.10lbs
Wade Thomas, Bright's Grove
Walleye - 9.60lbs
Kevin Ewart, Corunna
Ladies Day Winner - 16.62lbs LT
Nicole McCullough, Strathroy
Seniors Day Winner - 16.32lbs LT
Bob Wettlaufer, Dashwood
Kids Big Fish Winner - 14.60lbs S
Elijah Brown, Petrolia
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