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Spring Salmon Derby Leader Board Updates
« on: April 20, 2019, 11:48:03 am »
Un official Leaderboard Updates can be found here:

We try to update on Monday & Friday each week as results are received & verified.

The St Catharine’s Game & Fish Association is proud to announce that the 44th annual Spring Salmon Derby will be running from Sat April 13 to Sat June 8

We are thankful for the support of our generous sponsors and all the participating anglers over the years which has allowed us to keep this event running and to offer the prize structure that we have. Once again there is NO increase to our entry ticket prices.

In total 67 prizes are up for grabs, with a guaranteed $5000 going to the 1st place Salmon!

Back again is the Early Bird Draw; purchase your Spring tickets by Mon March 25 and you will be eligible to win a pair of rod holder trees from Great Lakes Tackle Worx (Moby Nick) (Cutoff is 5pm for online sales and at Peters & Grimsby Tackle) Tickets will be sold up until the time of draw at our March General Meeting, on Mon March 25

We are using a new system to process online ticket sales. Click here to purchase online:

We will also be having an early bird draw for a free 2019 Launch Ramp Pass in Port Dalhousie. Everyone who purchases a 2019 SCGFA Membership by March 25 will qualify.

New this year for the Spring Derby is the FREEDOM 25 prize. The first fish (trout or salmon) weighed in at 25lbs will win a prize package from one of our new sponsors Freedom Tackle.

The Junior Division is back again with 3 placings for all 4 species!
Our popular Members division is also back, remember everyone on the boat must have a 2019 Membership to qualify.

Additionally our 6th annual Port Dalhousie 3X3 Salmon Classic is back again, on the May long weekend. Check here for all the details:

While we are at it we are also pleased to announce that our Summer Derby will also be back from Sat June 15 to Sat Sept 7. Same format as last year!

For all of the guides and charter boats who purchase boat tickets for our derbies, we will be having our listing section on our website to link to your websites and/or social media pages. There is no additional charge for this and you will be added to it shortly after your purchase is complete & verified. Please contact us if you are not listed and should be. We ask that we can to please mention & tag us on your social media platforms. We appreciate your support!

Finally all those who purchase Spring & Summer derby tickets will again eligible to win an additional Scotty 1116 Electric Downrigger, which will be drawn at our Derby Awards Night on Sun Sept 29 at the Rib Crib Restaurant. New for this year, everyone who earns a final top 10 placing for any species on both the Spring & Summer leaderboard's will earn an additional entry into the draw. All derby prizes will be awarded to please save this date as well.

Finally be sure to familiarize yourself with all the rules:


1.   The Spring Derby will commence on Saturday April 13, 2019 at 12:00 AM and conclude on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

2. The eligible species and minimum weights are Salmon 20lbs, Lake Trout 15 lbs, Rainbow Trout 10 lbs and Brown Trout 10 lbs. NO MINIMUM WEIGHTS FOR JUNIOR DIVISION

3. The Derby boundaries are all of Lake Ontario, the lower Niagara River (below the falls), Port Dalhousie Harbor, Hamilton Harbor, Bronte Creek (lake side of hwy #2), Credit River (lake side of hwy #2). All other harbors, tributaries and waterways are out of bounds, including the fenced areas of Snug Harbor and the Four Falls in Port Dalhousie. Shore anglers are welcome to enter.

4. All participants must possess a valid Ontario or New York State fishing license unless exempt by law and abide by all Ministry of Natural Resources and or New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regulations.

5. Any fish with evidence of net, gaff or snag marks, or having been tampered with or artificially weighted will immediately disqualify the participant.

6. Any attempt in any manner to falsify entries will result in disqualification and prize forfeiture.

7. Ranking of all fish will be based upon the gross weight of the individual fish entered. In the event of a tie, the first fish weighed in will be placed ahead.

8. When fishing from a boat, ALL OCCUPANTS of the boat must:
a) possess a valid individual Spring Derby ticket or
b) be included in a Spring Derby family ticket or
c) the “named captain” of the given vessel must hold a Spring Derby Boat Ticket. A boat ticket may be also be used as an individual derby ticket by only the listed “captain” if he/she is fishing aboard another boat.

9. Derby tickets must be purchased a minimum of one day prior to fishing and entering a fish to be eligible for a prize. Daily tickets must be purchased the day before fishing by 11:59pm. All fish must be weighed & entered within 24 hrs of being caught.                                                                                         

10. Every fish entered must have been caught by the participant entering such fish. Entrants may enter as many fish as they wish, subject to minimum weights, but may only win one prize per species & per category.

11. All fish entered must be in good condition, with no deterioration or decomposition, for positive identification by the Derby judges.                                                                                           

12. Entrants may be required to sign an affidavit attesting to the validity of any prize winning entry and at the discretion of the Derby judges may be required to take a polygraph examination.

13. The SCGFA will not be liable to or for the loss of property, or for the injury to the person of any contestant or spectator. Participants compete in this derby at their own risk and by paying the entry fee agree to hold this association, the sponsors, the agents and employees therefore harmless from any liabilities, claims and costs of any nature whatsoever.

14. Prize winners will be notified by the Derby judges at the conclusion of the Derby. Prizes will be given at September Awards night.

15. Any dispute pertaining to the eligibility, acceptability, the weight of any fish or the interpretation and application of these rules shall be determined by the Derby judges whose decision shall be final and binding.

16. Each entrant, by paying the entry fee, acknowledges that he or she has read and understands the rules of this derby and agrees to abide by them.

17. All prize winners are responsible for paying any taxes and/or duties which are applicable to the prize won. All cash and prizes are valued and awarded in Canadian funds only.

18. Participants are welcome to weigh/enter a fish in more than one derby or tournament as along as long as all rules for both events are complied with.

19. All participants must produce their Derby ticket(s) when weighing in their fish. If applicable, the “named captain” (holder) of a boat ticket must also be present at weigh in.

20. All participants will have their fish punched and inspected when entered if in contention. This is a shared responsibility of the weigh station and the angler. All Salmon contending for 1st place at the time caught must be retained by the angler for inspection by a derby official.

21. Fish must be weighed in at official Derby weigh stations during their regular business hours. Please note these hours vary station to station.  All fish must be weighed & entered within 24 hrs of being caught.                                                                                         

22. All anglers will practice the Anglers Code of Ethics Catch and Release and agree to only enter fish that can qualify for a posted prize.

23. The Member’s Challenge will run concurrently with the Main Derby. To be eligible all occupants on boat must have a Spring Derby ticket and 2019 membership. The same fish cannot be entered in both the Main Derby and Members Challenge. It must be determined after the fish is weighed, which division it will be entered in.

24. The Junior Division will run concurrently with the Main Derby and is open to any eligible angler 16 years of age or under at the time of the catch. The same fish cannot be entered in both the Main Derby and Junior Division. The same fish cannot be entered in both the Junior and Members Division either. It must be determined after the fish is weighed, which division it will be entered in.

25 The “Freedom 25” prize package will be awarded to the first salmon or trout to reach 25lbs or greater. A tie would be broken by the first one entered.

26 The draw for one (1) Scotty Electric Downrigger will take place at the September awards ceremony. Everyone who buys a ticket for each derby is automatically entered in the draw. Additionally everyone who wins a top 10 prize on the main board will also get an additional entry.


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