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Just 33 days to go until the exciting 50 day GOSD begins. Before you purchase your ticket make sure you’ve checked out this years new SUPER Ticket. $60 from each $200 HST included SUPER Ticket sold is going to be added to the jackpot and the three lucky SUPER ticket holders that enter the heaviest Chinooks will be cashing in.

For the first time in Derby history on July 14th anglers aged 8-16 will have the opportunity to win $600 in gift certificates courtesy of  JB’s Fishing Depot and Gagnons Sports. The young angler who enters the heaviest salmon with proof of age at one of our 10 weigh-in stations will win it all. SPECIAL Junior Angler tickets are available for July 14th  at a cost of $25 HST included.

Only our single $125 Derby tickets will be available at selected retailers and most weigh-in stations. Don’t forget you must purchase your ticket the day BEFORE you  fish in the GOSD.

GOOD news is that water levels seem to be normal this year and I have notice that all boat  launching facilities are open and operating.

The fishing has been very good the last several weeks and several Charter captains have reported 25-30 fish charters with most fish weighing in between 15-18 lbs. I have heard there was a 27+lb. Chinook caught in the St. Catherines area.

Time to re spool, sharpen hooks and match those flies and flashers.

Bill Barootes
Tournament Manager


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We have two BRAND NEW ways to participate in the Great Ontario Salmon Derby


  1. Super Ticket: $200 HST Included

Hands down this ticket offers the best bang for your buck!  For $200 you will be eligible to win the Great Grand Prize as well as the other cash and prizes associated with the 2018 GOSD PLUS you will be eligible to win the Super Ticket Jackpot!

How does it work?   $60 from each Super Ticket purchased (available online only) will be added to the jackpot.  At the end of the 2018 Derby, the 3 heaviest salmon weighed in by Super Ticket Holders will divide the jackpot as follows:

50% Heaviest Salmon
30% 2nd Heaviest Salmon
20% 3rd Heaviest Salmon

You can buy a Super Ticket online at any time throughout the Derby.  If you have already purchased a single ticket you can upgrade to a Super Ticket up until Friday, July 6th at 11:59pm.

Click here to buy your Super Ticket!


  1. Junior Angler Day Participants (ages 8-16 only): $25 HST Included
    Saturday, July 14th 12:01 am – 8pm.

For the very first time in GOSD history we are introducing a special day just for youth participants

How does it work? The Junior Angler  that enters the heaviest salmon within the designated weigh-in station hours will be the winner of $600 in gift cards from Gagnon Sports and JB’s Fishing Depot.

The junior angler and all participants in the boat must abide by ALL Derby rules and regulations. The junior angler must have their own ticket, be part of a family ticket, or be aboard a Derby Registered Charter Boat and ALL other OCCUPANTS in the boat with the junior angler must also hold valid GOSD tickets.


Click here to buy a Junior Angler Ticket

For full details on the rules surrounding the Super Ticket and Junior Angler Day, visit our Rules page by clicking here.


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  • The Great Ontario Salmon Derby is a property of the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show, which
    in turn is wholly owned by the Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows (CNSS), a Not-For-
    Profit entity federally chartered in 1948.
  • No executive or employee of CNSS, now or in the past, has ever owned any part of CNSS.
  • The mission of the Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows is to conserve Canada’s
    outdoors and to instill in Canadian youth an appreciation for nature and outdoor
  • Since CNSS’s inception in 1948, $32 million has been committed across Canada to
    projects and campaigns, which locally include Lake Ontario river cleanups, spawning
    bed rehabilitation and Chinook pen projects. In 2007-2011 the Ontario government
    stopped providing funding for the raising of Chinook at Ringwood Hatchery. CNSS
    committed $250,000 over a five- year period, and with the generous commitment of
    time from the Metro East Anglers Association along with some worthy sponsors,
    ensured that the stocking program on the north shore of Lake Ontario was never
  • There exists a misconception that the GOSD produces enormous profits. This
    simply is not true. The large number of participants in the derby does not relate
    to individual tickets sold, but rather to the thousands of GOSD participants who
    do so from a charter boat under a onetime license fee paid by the charter boat
  • The Ontario Toyota Dealers Association donates our well-equipped 4Runner Great
    Grand Prize and many fishing industry manufacturers also supply prizing for the derby
    and, in return the GOSD provides and pays for significant print and social media
    exposure for all our sponsors as well as providing valuable discounted and/or contra
    exhibit space at our consumer shows.
  • The entire $115,500 of total cash payout over the 7 weeks of the Derby is raised through
    ticket sales and charter boat licenses. The $5,000 payout for the 2018 Championship
    Shootout is sponsored by Islander Precision Reels. Another $22,000 per week of fishing
    related product prizing is donated by our industry sponsors.