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Fishing Tournaments

Chatham-Kent Angling Tournaments

Tournament fishing for many, requires long hours on the water, practice, little sleep, equipment, and plenty of patience among other things. For others, the simple joy of being with friends who share the same passion, with the hope of reeling in the biggest is enough to keep them entering year after year. In Chatham-Kent there are three significant tournaments, which draw in participants from across Ontario, Michigan and Ohio annually.

Great Erie Salmon and Walleye Hunt

  • Erieau, annually at the end of June
  • top prize $4000 salmon, walleye
  • based at Erieau Marina
  • daily, single and family rates available
  • awards issued on the last day at the picnic shelter at Erieau Marina

Canadian Tire Mitchell's Bay Open

  • Mitchell's Bay, annually the first weekend in July 
  • Registration is FULL, waitlist in effect
  • 2 day live release bass tournament

Southwest Outdoors Club Big Boyz Tournament

  • Wheatley, annually the last week in July
  • based out of Wheatley Harbour
  • prize payouts based on the number of participants
  • top prize $1500 salmon, walleye

Know Before You Go 

A valid Outdoors Card is required to fish in Chatham-Kent. For the location of the licence issuer nearest you, visit or call 1-800-387-7011 or 1-800-667-1940. Complete Ontario fishing regulation information can be found hereIn Chatham-Kent, you can purchase a licence at most Canadian Tire locations, though it's best to call ahead to confirm. It's often wise to apply for your card before coming so you have it on hand. You can apply online as well. 

Fish without a licence days

Four times a year, Canadian residents can fish in Ontario without buying a fishing licence, during:

  • Family Fishing Weekend in February 
  • Mother's Day Weekend in May 
  • Father's Day Weekend in June 
  • Family Fishing Week in July