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April Update

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I’m sure as I write this several of you might be trolling the western basin hoping to find some spring kings. The Easter weekend rains however might convince more of us to tune up tackle, spool some reels and tie some of our favourite flies.

On Saturday, April 20th I attended  the Pro Tackle Walleye/ Salmon seminar in Belleville where Al Van Heusen and Pro Tackle proprietor Stacy were kind enough to let me speak about the 2019 GOSD. As I traveled to the walleye capitol of Ontario this morning I was concerned as to how much of the audience would in fact be salmon trollers given how popular the Bay of Quinte is for walleye. Much to my surprise the packed house was a 50/50 split.

The 2019 prize page has been updated highlighted by added prizing and more cash. We’ve doubled the 2nd place weekly money to $2,000 and have added $500 to 3rd place. 6TH place through 10th has increased by $100 and great prizing that previously ended at 5th place now extends to all weekly top 10 winners.  If you haven’t already please click here to take a look at our new prize page so you can see exactly what is up for grabs this summer

If you’re a Charter Boat/ Boat ticket holder a beautiful Garmin Quatix 5 Sapphire watch that has extraordinary capabilities will accompany the cash awarded for 1st ,2nd and 3rd place. Retail value of each watch is $1,100.

Thank you to all the north shore associations and their volunteers who are guarding and caring for our future Chinooks in multiple pens across the province. I truly hope Mother Nature will be kind to us until they’re released.

On a sad note, for those of you who aren’t aware the former Chairman & CEO  of Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows, Walter Oster passed away suddenly in March of 2019. Walter was determined to bring a salmon fishing event back to Ontario and 23 years ago under the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show came the very first Great Ontario Salmon Derby. This exciting annual summer event has brought joy to a great majority of us enthusiastic salmon anglers and has distributed cash, cars, boats, trips and valuable prizes with the help of our generous sponsors to hundreds of participants from Ontario and around the world. All while supporting the Lake Ontario Salmon fishery.
Thank you Walter.

Bill Barootes
Tournament Manager

We’re Hiring!

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We are on the hunt for a new Coordinator for GOSD 2019! 


Contract Position: May 22 – August 30, 2019   Deadline to apply: April 15th, 2019

The Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows is a leading consumer show production company, headquartered in Mississauga, with regional offices in Montreal and Calgary.  We are presently seeking a Coordinator for our Great Ontario Salmon Derby taking place June 29- August 17 on Lake Ontario.

The successful candidate will be required to work independently in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.  This position will require the successful candidate to be available every evening from June 29 until August 17th to receive results from 10 weigh stations, compile the top ten list for the day and post results in a timely manner.


  • Responsible for all administrative tasks in relation to the event– including but not limited to: database management; eblasts; social media management; nightly result updates on the website and social media; assembling charter boat packages, weigh station packages and ticket retailer packages
  • Liaise directly with weigh stations and ticket retailers to ensure they have all materials required and materials are replenished and picked up as requested
  • Manage all participant, weigh station and ticket retailer inquiries


  • Must have a valid full class G driver’s license. Vehicle will be provided for Derby business use only
  • Must be organized, detail oriented and able to multi-task
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Office, primarily Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Experience with social media management
  • Experience with a creative program such as Canva would be considered an asset
  • Must be a team player capable of working in a demanding, fast-paced, customer-service oriented environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Ability to work overtime as required

Qualified candidates are invited to email their cover letter and resume in confidence to: allaby@sportshows.ca    We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted directly.

GOSD 2019 Update- March 22, 2019

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The first sign of spring has passed and what a great Toronto Sportsmen’s Show it was. I want to thank the Halton Hills Region Salmon & Trout Association and the Ontario Sportfishing Guides Association for granting me the opportunity to speak about the 2019 GOSD at their AGMs.

I know you’re waiting patiently for the prizing to be posted and it will be very soon. We are very pleased to announce that all our 2018 sponsors will be supporting this great summer event again this year.


If you’re a Charter Boat/Boat ticket purchaser the news gets even better, GARMIN has come aboard with great prizing, cash bonuses for vessels with built in GARMIN electronics and an opportunity for OSGA members to purchase GARMIN electronics.


Another new wrinkle included in this years Derby will be the FREEDOM TACKLE Photo Contest and everyone who lands any sized salmon and owns a FREEDOM CUT BAIT PLUG will be able to enter. The 3 best or most interesting photos entered over the course of the 50 days of the Derby will win $1,500,$500 or $250. Details on how to enter your photo will be announced soon.

We sold the fewest number of single tickets ever at this years Toronto Sportsmen’s Show. WHY? because everyone heard how much tax free cash the 2018 SUPER ticket holders went home with last year on Awards Day. Don’t forget $60 from every SUPER ticket sold goes into the jackpot. I’ll eat a piece of cut bait if this years jackpot doesn’t surpass last years totals.  TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE ONLINE.  CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR SUPER TICKET TODAY!

Junior Anglers Day will be Saturday July 13 for anglers 8-16 years of age that have a special Jr. Anglers Day $25 ticket , covered under a Family ticket,Charter Boat/ Boat ticket or their own single ticket. Remember everyone on the vessel must have a valid GOSD ticket. $900 in tackle gift cards courtesy of JB’s Fishing Depot, Gagnon’s Sports and Natural Sports will go to the Junior Angler that enters the heaviest Chinook.  Oh yes, and a voucher for  PIZZA PIZZA for a year.

Bill Barootes
GOSD Managing Director








February Update

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The days are flying by and the Derby countdown has started.

The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show is just around the corner and I’m really hoping to see many of you at the GOSD booth. I will be at the show daily and would be pleased to speak with you regarding this years event that promises to be a beauty.

Many of the Derby’s sponsors will be attending the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show and it’s a great opportunity for all of us to thank them for their support.

If you want to experience the awesome Islander products you’ll be able to try them in the GOSD booth while fighting different species hooked up to a simulator.

The fully loaded Great Grand Prize courtesy of the Ontario TOYOTA Dealers Association will be on display. The MERCURY 9.9 four stroke draw prize, a SCOTTY high performance electric down rigger and our new sponsor YETI the best in the business for coolers and drink ware will also have product in our booth.

Whatever you do don’t forget Valentines Day. Remember all the extra time your significant other gave you last year to chase Chinooks during the GOSD.

Better build up some brownie points for this year.  Getting a romantic gift might help.

Nothing says I love you more than a new reel, flasher/fly combo or the new FREEDOM trolling bait.

These products and all your salmon tackle needs are available at JB’S FISHING DEPOT, GAGNON’S SPORTS, PRO TACKLE Bellville or NATURAL SPORTS in Kitchener.


HINTS: Every sponsor from the 2018 GOSD is returning and as far as additional  2019 prizing we are pleased to announce that ……

Sorry I have to go and shovel the snow!

Bill Barootes
Tournament Manager


WEEK 7 DAY 8 GOSD 2018

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Steve, I guess there isn’t too much more to say other than I hope you like the colour silver. That’s the colour of the 2018 TOYOTA 4RUNNER that you’ll be driving away from the GOSD Awards at JC. Saddington Park on Saturday, September 15th.
You will, however, have to purchase a car seat for 7lb. 12oz. Matteo Joseph who landed at the Lombardi household August 11th.
Somehow I think he ’ll be able to afford one, smart Steve purchased a SUPER Ticket and 50% of the Super ticket jackpot $17,880 ($8,940) will be presented to him on Awards Day. Congratulations Steve!

It’s also a big day for Will Sampson our UNOFFICIAL Winner of the 7th and final week of the 2018 GOSD. Will’s 30.08 lb. Chinook inhaled a gold /silver flasher with meat off the Leslie Street spit on his fathers Charter boat DETOUR. Father Don is also going to cash in as the UNOFFICIAL winner of the Charter Boat division of the Derby.

Unofficial SUPER Ticket results:
1 st place    31.18  lbs.        Steve Lombardi             $8940.00
2nd place   28.68 lbs.        Reid Robertson             $5364.00
3rd place    28.48 lbs.        Tony Bolger                   $3576.00

Unofficial Charter/Boat Ticket results:
1st place     30.08 lbs.    Detour Fishing Charters.       Don Sampson       $3000.00
2nd place   29.84 lbs.    Dutchies Sportfishing            Kyle Vanderlinde  $2000.00
3rd place    29.12 lbs.     We Pound Em Sportfishing   Ryan Hare.            $1000.00

Congratulations to the 70 2018 GOSD Winners.
Whether you’ve won or not we truly hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s Derby. On behalf of the entire GOSD team, we thank you for participating in this year’s event and we hope to see not only our winners but all our ticket holders on Awards Day.

Not one of the Top 70…bring your 2018 Derby ticket to Awards Day for the
Das King Kayak Draw. Retail value $3299.

WEEK 7 DAY 7 GOSD 2018

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*We are missing reports from Brighton and Bronte Outer Harbour*

I honestly can’t believe we’re down to the last 24 hours of the 2018 GOSD and it’s just been a bit too quiet the last day or so…I just have this premonition something big is going to happen tomorrow.

Our overall leader Steve Lombardi (31.18 lbs.) and Weekly leader Will Sampson
(30.08 lbs.) were fortunate today when a report and picture of a mammoth 33 lb. salmon started circulating. Rumour is the giant Chinook was caught near one of our easterly weigh-in locations. The Charter it was landed on forgot one small detail, It didn’t have a GOSD ticket so Steve and Will still hold on to their respective positions for now.

On behalf of Siera and our Derby team, we would like to thank all our 2018 weigh-in stations for participating in this year’s event! As you know I have included many random internal fish checks this year and the cooperation from ALL the staff at every location has been remarkable. Thank you

Best Location: Wherever that picture came from
Best Lure: Difficult to find out, my French isn’t very good.

WEEK 7 DAY 6 GOSD 2018

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*Important please note: that FRIDAY & SATURDAY the last days of the 2018 GOSD if you happen to weigh in a salmon at any of our 10 weigh-in stations and it becomes *

Please contact us at gosd@sportshows.ca or ask the weigh-in station attendant to
call my cell BEFORE you leave the weigh-in station.

3) *NEW (great practice for next years Derby)
If you weigh-in a salmon and it’s heavier than the 10th place fish on the Raymarine
Daily Updates board you always receive a receipt. Check that ALL the
In the event that the Marina/weigh-in station loses, destroys or fails to report your
Top 10 worthy Chinook all you have to do is send the picture of your receipt to us
and we will verify your catch.

Everyone seems to happy that the GOSD adds on an extra day the 7th week of the Derby to make it a 50-day event. Funny isn’t it, our Great Grand Prize leader Steve Lombardi and Weekly leader Will Sampson told me they aren’t too thrilled about it!

Best Location: Bayliner Point & Bronte
Best Lure: Flasher/Fly, Meat

WEEK 7 DAY 5 GOSD 2018

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Yesterday’s heavy rains have drawn deep water matures into staging areas.
Although it was lumpy reports are that it was worth it. Chinooks were staged up in front of the Credit this morning and later today off the Spit.

The successful father and son team of Don and Will Sampson aboard their Charter boat Detour landed the new Week 7 leader early this evening. Detour is also a GOSD Charter Boat ticket holder and is now leading the Charter boat division as well.
Something tells me the 2018 GOSD is far from over!

Make sure everyone on your vessel has a ticket. DAILY tickets are available online

I remember 3 luck changing things that I used to do when it came to this point in the Derby and I hadn’t made the board…by the way, that was most of the time.
1) I predominately took salmon sandwiches so I switched to ham.
2) that lucky hat and shirt, I changed them.
3) I always wore rather old running shoes so that I wouldn’t worry about getting them
slimy with a big King thrashing on the floor of my boat. I Put on a brand new pair.

Best Location: Spit and Credit river mouth
Best Lure: Flasher/Meat

WEEK 7 DAY 4 GOSD 2018

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I will be investigating further and I’m sure I’ll find out that our Derby leader Steve Lombardi is related to Mother Nature. I bet he was smiling like a cat that just caught a canary today.
Heavy rain, thunderstorms and brisk south easterlies made for complete washout today.

There are still 4 full days of Chinook chasing to go and with three 28 plus pound salmon already weighed in this week the TOYOTA 4RUNNER, the $10,000 weekly and 3 portions of the $17,880 SUPER TICKET are still within reach.

Best Location: In bed
Best Lure: Umbrella

WEEK 7 DAY 3 GOSD 2018

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It’s hard to believe that the summer of 2018 is starting to leave us. Daylight hours are noticeably shorter and we have only 5 full fishing days left in the Derby to try and land that GOSD worthy Chinook.
Although our salmon have been significantly lighter this season it’s been one of the most competitive years that we’ve seen. The difference between 1st place and 10th place for example Week 4 of the Derby was 1.18 lbs. Last week we had 21 RAYMARINE Daily Updates board changes.
We’ve had winners spread across the north shore this year with every port having big fish at their doorstep sometime during the 50 days of the GOSD.

As the last week of the 22nd GOSD continues we really would like to thank each and every one of our sponsors for their support. Your generosity has been instrumental in the $270,000 in cash and premium prizes that have been made available to our winners. We are truly fortunate to have your support with this great annual Ontario fishing Derby.

Best Location: Bronte & Bluffers
Best Lure: Flasher/ Fly