DERBY RULES

2024 Great Ontario Salmon Derby Rules

  1. Great Grand Prize: There will be one Great Grand Prize awarded to the participant who enters the heaviest Salmon overall in the 2024 Great Ontario Salmon Derby (“GOSD”) in accordance with the official 2024 GOSD Rules. The Great Grand Prize consists of one (1) $50,000 Prize. 
  • The Great Grand Prize winning fish is not eligible to win any other major prizes, Top Weekly Prize OR Super Ticket Prize Pool. 
  1. Weekly Prizes: There will be Seven Weekly 1st Place Prizes awarded to the participant who enters the heaviest Salmon in each of the Seven (7) remaining weeks of the GOSD.

     

  2. Weekly Mini-Derbies: There will be eight (8) weekly mini-derbies starting at 12:01 a.m. on each of the following dates:
    June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17. 
  • Each mini-derby ends on the following Friday at 8:00 p.m. with the exception of the August 17 mini-derby, which will have a duration of eight (8) days ending Saturday, August 24 at 8:00 p.m. 
  • Fish may only be weighed in between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm daily. Prizes will be awarded each week for the eight (8) weeks in the weekly mini derbies.
  • Weigh stations are independently owned and operated; be sure to check with individual weigh stations and note that hours may vary. The GOSD makes no guarantee to the hours of operation of each independent weigh station. 
  • For each of the eight (8) mini-derbies, there will be one (1) Great Grand Prize awarded for the heaviest Salmon of the overall GOSD, there will be seven (7) weekly first prizes that will be awarded to the participant entering the heaviest  Salmon each week, there will be eight (8) second prizes awarded to the  participant entering the second heaviest Salmon and so on in that order in  accordance with the list of prizes outlined on the GOSD website to 15th place. Only Salmon are eligible to be weighed in the GOSD. 
  • A participant may only win one weekly prize each week. 
  1. Walter Oster Junior Angler Day participants (ages 1 -16 only) Saturday July 20th, 12:01 am – 8pm. 

The participant within the specified age group (ages up to sixteen (16) years old only) on the day of the event that enters the heaviest Salmon within the designated weigh-in station hours of 8:00 am to 8 pm., will be our winner. Junior Anglers are also eligible to win The Great Grand Prize and any of the weekly prizes if they catch a Salmon that qualifies. 

The Junior Angler entering a salmon must accompany their entry with PROOF OF AGE (birth certificate or government issued health insurance card) to the weigh in station. 

The Junior Angler and all participants in the boat must abide by ALL GOSD rules and regulations. 

The Junior Angler must have their own GOSD Junior Angler ticket for the GOSD Derby, or be part of a family ticket, or be aboard a vessel with a Boat Ticket or a GOSD Registered Charter Boat. On a private vessel ALL other OCCUPANTS in the boat with the Junior Angler must also hold a valid GOSD ticket.

  • A SPECIAL WALTER OSTER JUNIOR ANGLER DAY TICKET WILL BE REQUIRED FOR PURCHASE IN THIS ONE DAY EVENT (ONLINE ONLY) FOR JULY 20TH, 2024. $22.50+ HST. Walter Oster Junior Angler Tickets must be purchased at least one day before the July 20th, 2024 event. 
  • Jr. Anglers MUST send a photo of their weigh in sheet to the following: 

info@greatontariosalmonderby.ca 

Operations Manager: 905-208-5246 

Instagram: @greatontariosalmonderby 

Prize Value: TO BE DETERMINED 

Winning fish must be caught and weighed in on the day of the Walter Oster Junior Angler Day. 

  1. All data recorded on the official weigh-in form shall be final. If there is  a TIE for any prize based on weight, the winner will be the participant entering the first fish according to the data and time recorded on the official weigh-in form. In the event of any other tie or dispute the decision of the GOSD judges will be final and binding on entrants. Prizes are not transferable and must be accepted as described on the GOSD website. There are no cash or other substitutes for merchandise prizes. Winners must arrange to pick up their prizes by September 30, 2024. 

Under special circumstances, prizes will be shipped to the winners AT THE WINNER’S EXPENSE. 

In order to be confirmed as the winner of any prize, entrants must first execute a standard declaration and release form confirming compliance with the GOSD Rules, acceptance of the prize is awarded and a release of all liability. 

Winners may be subject to polygraph testing. Refusal to take the polygraph test will result in automatic disqualification. The test must be completed within 7 days of notification.

  • By entering, entrants agree to the use, without charge, of their names and photographs for promotional purposes. 
  • The GOSD is open to all who have a valid Ontario Fishing License, who (i) have reached the legal age of majority in their province/territory of residence, at the time of entry, or (ii) are eight (8) years of age or older, but have not reached the legal age of majority in their province/territory of residence, at the time of entry and whose parent/legal guardian has agreed, on such minors behalf and on his/her parent/legal guardian’s own behalf that each of them will be bound by these GOSD rules. The Sponsor reserves the right to contact a minor’s parent/legal guardian for the purpose of verifying his/her agreement to be legally bound by these GOSD rules as set out above and consent to his/her minor’s participation in the GOSD. 
  • Not eligible to enter or win are: Derby judges and employees of GOSD Inc. In the event that a winner is under the age of majority in his/her province of residence, the prize will be awarded to his/her parent or legal guardian (subject to compliance with these GOSD rules and all applicable who will be required to sign the standard declaration and release form and to accept the prize on minor’s behalf). 
  • Additional Eligibility Restrictions: Void where prohibited and where the GOSD is not in compliance with local legislation and requirements. The decision of the GOSD judges will be final and binding on all entrants on all matters. All times specified are local Toronto times. GOSD judges reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who has proven to have cheated in this or any other event, tournament or contest. 
  • The GOSD maintains the right to refuse entry to the GOSD without reason. 
  1. Fishing presents hazards at any time; weather, faulty equipment and poor seamanship etc. As a condition of entering the GOSD each (and his/her parent or legal guardian, if he/she is a minor) hereby releases the GOSD judges and all other Contest Parties and each of their respective employees, directors, representatives, successors, assigns and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all liability or responsibility to the participant or their heirs, executors, personal representatives, and representatives for loss, damage or injury suffered during the course of or arising out of participation in the GOSD, whether or not arising out of negligence of those hereby released. 

The GOSD does not vouch for any of the Charter Boats that enter the GOSD with a Charter Boat Ticket. The Charter Boat Ticket simply affords a Charter Boat client the opportunity to enter the Salmon they caught in accordance with the rules of the GOSD while participating in the GOSD. The GOSD and all other Released Parties do not endorse any particular Charter Boat and as a condition of entering the GOSD, each Captain, employees of the charter boat and their clients release the Released Parties from any and all liability that may be occasioned to any of them as a consequence of participating in the GOSD. 

  • Participants in the GOSD are reminded that alcohol and all drugs are to be consumed in strict accordance with applicable laws. Any breach of the GOSD rules automatically disqualifies participants from winning any Derby prize. The GOSD is open from 12:01 a.m., Saturday, June 29, 2024 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 24, 2024. 
  1. The GOSD is open from 12:01 am Saturday June 29th until 8:00 pm., Saturday August 24, 2024. As described above, the GOSD includes: (i) One Great Grand Prize for the heaviest Salmon caught overall (ii) Seven (7) 1st Prizes for the heaviest Salmon caught in each of the remaining weeks of the GOSD, (iii) prizes in eight (8) weekly (the last week consists of 8 days) mini-derbies. Number, approximate value and description of the prizes can be found at www.greatontariosalmonderby.ca. Prizes may be substituted with prizes of the same or greater value.

     

  2. Participants may fish in the GOSD on any date after the date of purchase of a Derby ticket. All Tickets will be purchased online through the Great Ontario Salmon Derby Website. All tickets must be purchased at least one day before fishing the GOSD.

  3. Ticket Details 

Tickets are Non-Transferable and Non-Refundable. All tickets must be purchased the day before fishing. All ticket prices are plus HST. Adult Single Ticket – $158.50 + HST. The adult single ticket allows one (1) adult Angler to participate in the GOSD June 29-August 24, 2024. Adult One Day Ticket – $27.50 + HST. Valid only for the day following the date of purchase. The fishing day is defined as 12:01 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. the day following the date of purchase on the ticket. No refunds, no exceptions. The one day tickets will be collected by the weighmaster upon weighing in a fish. Any fraudulent activity will result in a participant being disqualified from the GOSD and eligibility to win a prize and be prosecuted in the Ontario courts of law. 

Adult Super Ticket – $230.00 + HST. $50 from each Super Ticket sold is put into an accumulating Jackpot. 

 In addition to being eligible to win, Weekly Mini-Derbies or any other cash and  prizes associated with the 2024 Derby. The winner of the Great Grand Prize is  Not Eligible to win the Super Ticket Jackpot. 

ONLY Super Ticket Holders are eligible to share in the Super Ticket Jackpot.  At the conclusion of the 2024 GOSD the 3 heaviest salmon weighed in by  Super Ticket holders ONLY will divide the Super Ticket Jackpot as follows: 

50% – Heavies Salmon 

30% – 2nd Heaviest Salmon 

20% – 3rd Heaviest Salmon 

Super Ticket holders musts abide by ALL GOSD rules and regulations. Super  Ticket Holders fishing from PRIVATE boats must ensure that ALL other  OCCUPANTS in the boat also hold a valid GOSD ticket but NOT necessarily a  Super Ticket.

Family Ticket – $350.00 + HST. The family ticket allows the ticket holder to have the same two (2) adults and up to two (2) children under the age of eighteen (18) participate in the GOSD aboard their registered vessel. 

Family Super Ticket – $420.00 + HST. The family super ticket allows the ticket holder to have the same two (2) adults and the same two (2) children under the age of eighteen (18) to participate in the GOSD and the super ticket category. The Grandparents and grandchildren can also be included in the family super ticket. The family super ticket holder can use their family super ticket on another vessel as a single super ticket for the GOSD. 

The Grandparents and Grandchildren can also be included in the family ticket. – The family ticket is NOT ELIGIBLE for the GOSD Charter Boat Prizes. – The family ticket MAY be upgraded to a Family Super Ticket. – The Family Ticket Holder can use their Family ticket on another vessel to be used as a single ticket for the GOSD, ONLY for him/her when not being used as a family ticket. 

Junior Angler Ticket – $60.00 + HST. This ticket will allow the Junior Angler (up to 16 years old) to fish in the main derby June 29-August 24, 2024, as well as participate in the Walter Oster Junior Tournament Day. The Salmon must be caught by the Junior Angler in order to enter to win a prize in the GOSD. The fishing day is defined as 12:01 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. the day following the date of purchase on the ticket. Junior Angler Ticket includes entry into the Walter Oster Junior Angler Day. No refunds, no exceptions. 

Junior Angler One Day Ticket – $10.00 + HST. This is a one day ticket for a  Junior Angler (up to 16 years old). This ticket allows the Junior Angler to fish in  the main derby. This ticket does not allow the Junior Angler to fish in the  Walter Oster Junior Angler event. This ticket must be purchased the day  before fishing. 

Walter Oster Junior Angler Tournament Ticket – $22.50 + HST. Valid only Junior Anglers (up to 16 years old). This is a one day Junior Angler Tournament held July 20th, 2024. The ticket must be purchased at least one day before July 20th, 2024. The Salmon must be caught by the Junior Angler in order to enter to win a prize in the GOSD. The fishing day is defined 

as 12:01 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. the day following the date of purchase on the ticket. No refunds, no exceptions. This ticket will be required for a Junior Angler wishing to participate in the Watler Oster Tournament day if they DO NOT hold a Junior Angler ticket for the derby (Eg. If they are part of a boat ticket, family ticket, or charter ticket). 

Boat Ticket – $735.00 + HST. Boat tickets allow all Anglers on board the vessel to participate in the GOSD for weekly prizes and the Great Grand Prize. The Boat Ticket is vessel specific and the ticket holder must be on the vessel to be eligible to enter a salmon in the GOSD. The ticket holder must be present to weigh in a salmon caught on their vessel. The boat ticket holder may use their boat ticket as a single ticket on another vessel. Boat tickets are non refundable and non-transferable.  Boat Tickets are eligible for the Super Ticket Jackpot.

Charter Boat Ticket – $840.00 + HST. Charter boat ticket is issued to the captain of the charter boat and allow all persons on their vessel with a valid Ontario fishing license to enter a salmon into the GOSD. 

  • The charter boat ticket is vessel specific and is not transferable. The charter boat ticket holder ONLY can use their charter boat ticket as a  single GOSD ticket on another vessel. 
  • The charter boat ticket holder must be present to weigh a fish in the Great  Ontario Salmon Derby. 
  • Charter boat companies with multiple vessels must purchase a GOSD charter  boat ticket for each vessel in order to participate in the GOSD. 
  • The charter boat ticket holder must be an OSGA member to compete in the  GOSD OSGA Member Only Division. 
  • Charter boat companies with multiple vessels: each vessel captain must be an OSGA member to compete in the GOSD OSGA Member Only Division. 
  1. GOSD Charter Boat Prizes 
  • Weekly, Big Fish and The Great Grand Cash Prizes will be split equally between  the charter boat ticket holder and the charter boat customer who catches and  weighs in a winning GOSD salmon. 
  • The prize accompanying the cash prize will be awarded to the charter boat  ticket holder.
  • Only GOSD Charter Boat Ticket holders will be eligible to win GOSD Charter Boat Prizes. 
  • Charter Boat Ticket holders must be an OSGA member in good standing to win in the GOSD OSGA Member Only Division. 
  • Charter Boat companies with multiple vessels, each vessel captain must be an OSGA member to compete in the GOSD OSGA Member Only Division. The GOSD Charter Boat Ticket is specific to the Charter Boat Ticket Holder and his/her specific Charter vessel. 
  • Charter Boat companies with multiple vessels must purchase a GOSD Charter Boat Ticket for each vessel. 
  • The Charter Boat ticket is NON-TRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE. 
  1. GOSD Regulations 
  • All fishing must be in Lake Ontario, its harbors, and rivers as specifically permitted and must be in water located in the Province of Ontario. River fishing is restricted to: the Credit River from the lake to the GO train bridge north of Lakeshore Road; Oakville Harbour from the lake to Highway 2; Bronte Creek from the lake to Highway 2; Jordan Harbour (open); Port Dalhousie (open) and the Niagara River (open). Fishing must be dedicated to Canadian waters only – no fish caught in American waters may be entered in the GOSD. 
  • Participants shall abide by the fishing regulations of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Department of Transport, Small Boat Safety Regulations, all Municipal By-laws, government restrictions and guidelines (such as those that may be implemented to mitigate COVID-19 transmission) and these GOSD Rules. 
  1. All GOSD participants must have a valid Ontario Fishing License and have it with them at all times while fishing and weighing in a Salmon into the GOSD. No one can catch a fish or assist in catching a fish to be entered into the GOSD without a valid Ontario Fishing License unless: 

The participant is under the age of eighteen (18) years old. Written parental consent is required for those under the age of eighteen (18) years old to participate in the GOSD.

The participant is over the age of Sixty-five (65) years old. The participant is a Veteran or active member of the Canadian Armed Forces. 

The participant is fishing during the Ontario MNR License Free Days June 29-July 7, 2024 

  • The Canada Small Vessel Regulations (SOR/2010-91) under the Canada Shipping Act applies; 
  • Participants fishing from boats must ensure that ALL other OCCUPANTS in the boats also hold tickets in the GOSD. GOSD officials may inspect boats at any time to ensure that all boat occupants hold tickets. Derby weigh-in stations vary depending on location the maximum hours they are allowed to be open is daily from 8:00 a.m.to 8:00 p.m. Fish must be entered at one of the official GOSD weigh-in stations. Fish entered into the GOSD MUST BE WEIGHED ONLY on the Official GOSD weigh scales. 
  1. Fish Requirements for Weigh in as follows: 
  • A fish may be entered only and will be marked with a hole punch in the tail at an official GOSD weigh station. 
  • Only fish that are whole may be entered. 
  • Fish with snag, foul hook, gaff or gill net marks, even if taken legitimately by the participant, will not be accepted; nor will fish that have foreign stomach contents or excessive internal water. Frozen or are badly deteriorated, washed out and dead for a long period of time will also be disqualified. 
  • The fish must be weighed into the GOSD within 24 hours of being caught. We encourage Anglers to release their catch should it be of lesser weight than that of 25th place fish. 

The Great Ontario Salmon Derby will allow any Salmon to be entered from multiple events. The Salmon can be weighed into the GOSD immediately before or after being weighed into another event on the official GOSD scales by the same attendant at the same location. The Salmon MUST be weighed in on OFFICIAL GOSD weigh scales to qualify for prizes. The weight provided by the Official GOSD scale will be final.

  • Official GOSD scales will supersede any other scales. GOSD officials may hold any fish for examination, including biological examination. All fish in contention for a major prize will be held for such examination until the GOSD views and releases the fish. The Great Ontario Salmon Derby is solely responsible for provision of the prizing. Fish must be caught in the manner prescribed by the Ontario Fishing Regulations, as outlined in the Fishing Ontario recreational fishing regulations summary. In order to be eligible to win prizes, participants must have purchased Derby tickets and officially entered the Derby a minimum of one day PRIOR to the day of competing in the event, and must comply with all of the Derby Rules. In order to weigh any fish in the GOSD you must present a valid derby ticket, valid fishing license and 2 pieces of photo ID. to the weigh station attendant or the weigh-in becomes invalid and will be disqualified. 
  • If a fish is weighed in without a ticket holder present at the time of the catch, the weigh-in becomes invalid and will be disqualified. 
  • Potential winning catches must be presented to the official GOSD weigh-in stations for claim verification. Participants must correctly answer a time limited skill testing question and comply with the GOSD Rules in order to be confirmed as the winner of any prize. 
  1. Prizes are subject to change without notice.

  2. Big Fish Prizes 
  • Big Fish Days – Salmon eligible to win a Big Fish Day must be between 12:01 am and 8:00 pm on the Big Fish Day. In order for a Salmon to be eligible to win a Big Fish Day it must be caught and weighed in on the Big Fish Day it is competing for. A Salmon cannot be caught the day before and weighed in the next Big Fish Day. 
  1. COVID-19 Safety Measures Protocols; 
  • If Covid related shutdowns occur prior to the GOSD commencing, the GOSD Organizers’ at their sole discretion may reimburse ticket holders as appropriate.
  • If Covid related shutdowns occur during the event, we will use a “per week” prorated format that will enable the event to crown winners based on weeks fished. The weeks not fished will be refunded based on a prorated format as well. 
  • The Great Ontario Salmon Derby will not be held responsible for any Covid related illnesses throughout the event. It is the participants responsibility to follow government mandated covid-19 safety protocols. 
  1. When purchasing your ticket, you confirm that: 

I acknowledge the contagious nature of the Corona Virus/COVID-19 and that the World Health Organization and other public health authorities in Ontario and Canada have put in place and agree to abide to any legislation, regulations and executive orders in effect at the time and will accordingly practice social distancing and wear a face covering at all public places (weigh station, committee prize awarding ceremony, etc.) during the GOSD. I acknowledge that in the event of any unforeseen circumstances occurring, The Great Ontario Salmon Derby (GOSD), at its sole discretion, to make Adjustments that favour both the organizers and the participant. 

By acknowledging these rules: 

I AM AWARE AND UNDERSTAND THAT THE DERBY INVOLVES MANY RISKS, DANGERS AND HAZARDS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY, DEATH OR PROPERTY DAMAGE. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THE DERBY. I FREELY ACCEPT AND FULLY ASSUME ANY AND ALL OF THE RISKS, DANGERS AND HAZARDS INVOLVED AND THE POSSIBILITY OF INJURY, DEATH OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, WHETHER CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE GOSD ORGANIZERS OR OTHERWISE. 

I hereby expressly waive and release any and all claims, actions, demands, damages, costs, expenses and compensation for damage or loss to myself, heirs, and any personal representatives which I have or may have in the future against the GOSD Organizers, its affiliates, owners, partners and their respective representatives, employees, successors and assigns (collectively, “Releasees”), on account of bodily injury, illness, death, medical treatment or property damage arising out of or attributable to my participation in the GOSD due to any cause whatsoever, including without limitation the negligence of the GOSD Organizers or any other Releasee, breach of these terms and conditions, or breach of any statutory or other duty of care owing under legislation. I covenant not to make or bring any such claim against the GOSD Derby Organizers or any other Releasees, and forever release and discharge the GOSD Derby Organizers and all other Releasees from liability under such claims, actions, demands, damages, costs, expenses. I shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless the GOSD Organizers and all other Releasees against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, deficiencies, claims, actions, judgments, settlements, interest, awards, penalties, fines, costs, or expenses of whatever kind, including reasonable legal fees, in connection with any third-party claim, suit, action or proceeding arising out of or resulting from the Great Ontario Salmon Derby. BY SIGNING, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE DERBY. I AM VOLUNTARILY WAIVING SUBSTANTIAL LEGAL RIGHTS (ON MY BEHALF AND ON BEHALF OF MY HEIRS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS AND NEXT-OF-KIN), INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO SUE THE DERBY ORGANIZERS AND THE RELEASEES. When purchasing a ticket and by clicking the acknowledgement box you agree to all above terms and conditions.

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