Mark your calendars: Salmon Classic returns from July 30 to August 21

LAKE HURON—Today, another Manitoulin Island signature event added its name to the slate of summer events. The Manitoulin Expositor Salmon Classic will be back in its usual format with cash prizes of $30,000 in sight for some lucky anglers.

“We’re back in business!” enthused Dave Patterson, organizer of the Salmon Classic. “We have received many calls and messages from anglers wishing to book their summer holidays around the event. The Salmon Classic has become an important tournament on the fishing calendar.

This year, the Manitoulin Expositor Salmon Classic will run from Friday, July 30 through Sunday, August 21 with over $30,000 in guaranteed prizes.

The prize breakdown is as follows: Grand prize, heaviest salmon, $12,000; 2nd heaviest salmon, $4,000; 3rd heaviest salmon, $2,000; 4th heaviest salmon, $1,000; and 5th heaviest salmon, $500.

There are also cash prizes for the heaviest fish in the first week (salmon or trout) of $1,000, the heaviest trout in the classic, $4,500; Daily heaviest fish (salmon or trout), $200 per day and Heaviest fish (salmon or trout) for youth 14 and under, $500.

Tickets go on sale April 12 and ticket prices will remain the same: $65 for adults, $35 for youth 14 and under; $400 for a boat (this ticket covers anyone fishing from that boat on any given day in the derby); and charter companies, $850. Tickets can be purchased online at and at retail outlets in Manitoulin and across the North. These locations will be posted as tickets become available.

Again, anglers and derby fans will be able to follow using’s live leaderboard.

“We thank everyone for their support of this great family derby over the years,” Mr Patterson said. “We really appreciate your enthusiasm in helping us organize this important tourism-focused event.” For more information, visit

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