Big Fishing Tournaments for 2017

Tournament Days are here! Once you experience the thrill for yourself, you'll truly understand the excitement.

You lie in bed with wide eyes and a busy brain in anticipation of what your day will be in front of you; some sleep was had, but not nearly enough. Your alarm clock sounds, allowing you to finally make your way out of bed. The excitement brings you to life, knowing that there's a chance at bragging rights and a prize purseall for those fish you can’t stop thinking about! Your boat is quickly in-tow, loaded with all your trusted rods, reels, lures, and baits.

Tournament Day is here! The anticipation is one of my favourite parts of tournament fishing. Once you experience it for yourself, you'll truly understand.

The fishing season is here and tournament season has begun across Northeastern Ontario. There are events to suit all ages, styles, techniques, and stakes. Events range from pro-level events all the way to the casual weekend angler. This list is only a sample of what Northeastern Ontario and its many tournament series and clubs have to offer this season. If you've yet to partake in a tournament-style fishing event, take a look close to home and see what tournaments are on.

You never know, but you could get hooked!

The Manitoulin Expositor Salmon Classic

July 29, 2017 to August 27, 2017

An event that is rivalling many of the top Salmon Events across the province, the Manitoulin Expositor Salmon Classic is back for another year. Not only is this event held in one of the most beautiful places within our region, it has a spectacular fishery within and surrounding its shorelines. Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater lake island in the world, and with that distinction come some very fishy waters!

This year, the tournament directors have decided to extend the tournament by an additional week, meaning another weekly big fish $1,000 payout and another week of BIG fish. If the thought of being able to compete in an event on these waters doesn’t have you excited, then the prize payout may motivate you that little bit further.

Heaviest Salmon

Heaviest Trout - $2,500

Child/Youth Big Fish - $500

1st - $12,000

2nd - $4,000

Daily  Big Fish - $100.00

Out Fish Dave Patterson - $500

3rd - $2,000

Weigh in a fish larger than Dave when he goes fishing and you get an entry into a draw for $500

4th - $1,000

Weekly Big Fish - $1000.00

5th - $500

Horwood Lake Lodge Annual kids Walleye Tournament

August 11-13, 2017

Horwood Lake Lodge (located between Timmins and Chapleau near the town of Foleyet off of Highway 101) awaits your arrival. This unique two-day, live release event is sure to make your weekend getaway memorable for all the right reasons. This is an all-natural, grassroots-styled tournament in which the boats are restricted to a 30 HP maximum and the competitors are sure to have an absolute blast! Teams must have at least one child in the boat to participate.

Prizes will be paid out for the top 10 teams, with a maximum of 50 teams being registered. Be sure to check this event out today or book a trip to this fantastic fishery.

Northern Ontario Walleye Trail

The Northern Ontario Walleye Trail is one of Northern Ontario’s top fishing series and its events are held within our beautiful, walleye rich landscape. Many anglers seek out this series to compete against the best walleye anglers across the province. With each event spanning over a two-day period, it's as even a playing field as any.

The 2017 Dubreuilville Magpie event showcased this, with the winning team of Robinson/Bernath (pictured above) sitting in 66th place heading into Sunday, and coming out victorious with a 20.65 lb bag of northern walleye! That is quite the feat, and this is often the draw for many anglers to enter these events.

Take a look at the remaining events on the schedule this year, and maybe you could be victorious on your favourite walleye fishery!

Mattagami Lake First Nation Walleye Tournament


June 3-4, 2017

Dubreuilville Magpie Walleye Derby


June 10-11, 2017

Geraldton Walleye Classic


June 24-25, 2017

Kapuskasing River Walleye Tournament


August 12-13, 2017

Mattagami Fall Classic Walleye


September 9-10, 2017

Sagamok Walleye Classic


September 22-23, 2017

Top 50 Pike

The Top 50 Pike Series is a true northern staple that brings many tournament anglers from across the entire province in pursuit of big payouts and aggressive fish. This series is hands down the most sought-after tournament series in the region, and each event sees big fields and even bigger payouts. Northeastern Ontario is very well known for its healthy northern pike populations, which make for a very exciting day on the water. The events are held on abundant waters, where many times boats of all sizes and HP ratings can compete to put the winning bag of fish on board.

Take a look at the schedule and plan your upcoming season:

Honey Harbour

Honey Harbour, Georgian Bay

May 6, 2017

Parry Sound

Parry Sound

May 7, 2017

Gloucester Pool

Port Severn

May 13, 2017

West Arm

St. Charles

June 3, 2017

Nepewassi Lake


June 10, 2017



June 11, 2017

Cache Bay / The Museum

Sturgeon Falls

June 17, 2017



July 8, 2017

Nipissing Open

Sturgeon Falls

July 9, 2017

Callander Bay


August 12, 2017

The Classic


August 26, 2017


Bass tournaments are extremely popular across the continent, and are also starting to regain popularity within Northeastern Ontario. The Temiskaming Smallmouth Bass series has paved the way as the longest running series in our region, supported by local clubs in both Sudbury and North BayNickel City Bass and North Bay Bassmasters.

Bass are a very unique species that are often not given the credit they deserve. Many anglers feel that their abundance and fierce attitudes make for easy pickings, but putting together a winning bag is often quite the daunting task. There are so many nuances and variables that come into play and affect these fish that a tournament bass angler must be able to adapt to the changing conditions and mood of the fish. If you put in a bit of time and listen to what each bite is telling you, a successful day can be had on the waters very close to your home.

Temiskaming Smallmouth Bass Series

Lake Sesikinika


May 27, 2017

Larder Lake

Larder Lake

May 28, 2017

Lake Temiskaming


June 24, 2017

Bay Lake


June 25, 2017

Lake Nipissing

Hunters Bay

July 29, 2017

Lake Nosbonsing


July 30, 2017

Lake Temagami


August 12, 2017

Cassels Lake


August 13, 2017

Mattawa/Ottawa River


August 26, 2017

Trout Lake

North Bay

August 27, 2017

Lake Temiskaming


September 16-17, 2017

Nickel City Bass

Ramsey Lake


May 13, 2017

Onaping Lake


June 3, 2017

Pickerel River

French River

June 24, 2017

McGregor Bay


July 8, 2017

Apsey Lake


July 9, 2017

Agnew Lake


August 19, 2017

Penage Lake


August 20, 2017

Pickerel River - Classic

French River

September 9-10, 2017

North Bay Bassmasters

Lake Nosbonsing - Pike


May 22, 2017

Lake Nipissing

Collins Bay

June 25, 2017

Trout Lake - Evening

North Bay

July 12, 2017

Talon Lake


July 16, 2017

Lake Nosbonsing


August 20, 2017

Lake Nipissing - Classic

Hunter’s Bay

September 10, 2017

The opportunities available in the BIG Northeastern region have been presented to you. The rest is in your hands to compete for a wide variety of species on many of our world class bodies of water. Call up your fishing partner, select an event or club to join, and hit the water with hopes of coming out on top.

Tight lines and stay safe this tournament season!

About Mathew Koprash

Mathew Koprash has been passionate about fishing for his whole life, and is dedicated to sharing his tips and techniques with others who share his passion.

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