Salmon Spectacular

Sydenham Sportsmen collect eggs, milt at Mill Dam

A little more than a month after the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular was held, members of the Sydenham Sportsmen Association were back at the water busy making sure there are plenty of fish to catch in future years of the derby. About a dozen club members and other volunteers gathered at the mill dam on […]

Early Salmon Spectacular leaders hang on until the end

Four years ago, John Earnest took the early lead at the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular, but his catch got squeezed out by a fish just a few ounces heavier. This year he would again take the lead early in the event, but 2022 proved to be different as he held off all challengers to take […]

Organizers welcome crowds back at Salmon Spectacular

The 34th Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular has passed the midway point and organizers couldn’t be happier with how the event has gone so far. “The first day on Friday was a record day for us with 380 fish, the line went outside the tent and the events have seen lots of people every night,” Derby […]

New lake trout, rainbow trout leaders at Salmon Spectacular

A monster lake trout was caught on Monday to once again shake up the leaderboard at the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular. Julie Ellis of Dundalk caught a 24.44-pound laker to knock Brett Stewart’s 17.01-lb. catch out of the top spot in the lake trout category. John Earnest of Owen Sound continued to lead the salmon […]

Man recounts catching leading salmon in derby so far

The first fish Joel Benninger ever caught in the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular fishing derby turned out to be the leading salmon so far. Benninger, a 31-year-old Hanover millwright, has fished the derby seriously for the past few years it’s been held, and as a kid years ago. But fishermen’s luck had eluded him. “We […]

New derby attraction aims to hook kids on fishing

Kids lined up Saturday on the second day of the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular fishing derby to fish a tank full of rainbow trout under the big top. The attraction, which makes its final appearance at this year’s derby on Sunday, Kids’ Day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is a fun new thing for […]

It ‘feels great’ to have the derby back filled with people again

Triple the usual number of people tried to get online tickets the night before the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular fishing derby and it crashed the system. Derby officials are accommodating people who booked tickets but couldn’t print them, by accepting a screenshot of their online purchases. They’re asking others who want tickets to call the […]

The big top is up and the fishing derby is about to begin

Dozens of volunteers helped raise the big white fishing derby tent Wednesday, a sure sign that the end-of-summer Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular is back. Last year’s partial derby, limited due to pandemic health concerns, had 4,800 angler registrations, which followed having no derby in 2020. Derby co-chair Chris Geberdt suspects this year’s 10-day event which […]

Changes planned to make Salmon Spectacular more family friendly

The Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular is returning as a full-fledged event this year, but with some changes that organizers expect will make the celebration more family friendly. Derby co-chair Chris Geberdt was at Owen Sound council on Monday night, where he said the event will be back in full force for its 34th installment after […]

Salmon fingerlings released into the Sydenham Thursday

Thousands of Chinook salmon fingerlings, each no longer a pen, gushed out of a tank as they were poured into the Sydenham River in Harrison Park Thursday. There were about 70,000 in all, deposited in batches of about 10,000, raised in the Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association fish hatchery at the bottom of the Creamery Hill. The […]

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