Welcome from the Bluewater Anglers

We are a group of people who are dedicated to sustaining and preserving the fish stocks in lower Lake Huron.  We are based around Sarnia, Ontario where the St.Clair River begins its journey south out of Lake Huron.  Our geographical location provides fishing oppurtunites for almost every species found in the Great Lakes.  At any point in the year there is different species biting a short boat ride or drive away.  

We are very fortunate to have such a resource in our backyard and we enjoy sharing and educating people about preserving this amazing fishery.  Every year the club members work hard to safely raise thousands of salmon and trout in our fish culture station in Point Edward.  These fish are then released into lower Lake Huron and St.Clair River for the enjoyment of all.  We offer tours to anyone who wishes to see what it takes to raise over 130 000 salmon and trout.  Check out the hatchery page for more information.

We put on many fund raising events during the year that offer the chance to get out and enjoy the great fishery and possibly win a prize.  The Bluewater Salmon Derby, Walleye Derby, Big Fish Derby, are a few that provide the club with the means to operate the hatchery and ensure that the fishery is kept strong and healthy.

We are always looking for new members who share the same values and want to be part of this cause.

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Club News and Events

2023 Ice Fishing Derby

Saturday, February 18, 2023

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The Ice Fishing Derby is the first club event of 2023. Hopefully, Mother Nature and La Nina will cooperate. The outing is held on the first license free weekend in Ontario when no fishing license is needed. The Ice Fishing Derby is open to both club members and the public. Bring the family and/or friends and enjoy a morning fishing on Sarnia Bay and local waters (north slip, Yacht Club basin, Lake Chipican, Twin Lakes).

An entry fee of $5.00 per person must accompany the entry form. Entry forms and complete Ice Fishing Derby information will be available at the January 10th General Membership Meeting. The Outdoorsman and Bucks Bait will have application forms until 4:30 PM on Friday, February 17th. Tickets will be available at the Sarnia Bay Marina parking lot on Saturday morning February 18th between 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM. You must buy your Ice Fishing Derby ticket before you start fishing.

The Ice Fishing Derby starts at 6:00 AM on Saturday, February 18th. Participants can bring their catch to the weigh-in station located at the Sarnia Bay Marina boat ramp anytime during the morning. All fish must be weighed in by 11:00 AM. Prizes will be based on 90% of the ticket sales. 10% will go to the Bluewater Anglers Hatchery. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 fish (based on weight) in each of the three fish categories ... Panfish (including perch, crappie, sunfish, rock bass), Pike / Walleye, and Trout / Salmon. You are allowed to enter only one fish per category. If three winning fish are not entered in any category, the unclaimed prizes will be added to the Panfish category. Prizes will be awarded right after the weigh-in closes at 11:00 AM.

Draw prizes will be made from all entrants 12 and under, and from all entrants 13 and over. Draw Prize winners must be present for the draws made at the close of the weigh-in.

2023 Hatchery Open House

Saturday, March 18th & Sunday, March 19th (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

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Come and see how we raise fish during our annual Hatchery Open House on Saturday, March 18th or Sunday, March 19th between 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM each day. We invite all club members and the public to come and see the major improvements that have been made to the hatchery. This is the future fish stock for the local waters. Bring your family and friends. Come and visit us.

Club Members Derby

Saturday April 22, 2023

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The Club Spring Derby is open to Bluewater Angler members (free) and the general public. Nonmembers must buy a $10 entry ticket. This event precedes the Bluewater Salmon Derby by a week and is a perfect oppurtunity to work out theany kinks in your equipment before the big event.  As usual there are prizes and cash to be won during this event.  Hope to see you out on the water.
 

Bluewater Anglers Salmon Derby

April 28 - May 7, 2023

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This is it!  The big event that people book vacation to attend and patient wait for year after year.  The Bluewater Salmon Derby is the main source of funds needed for the operation of the hatchery.  Its brings in people from all over Ontario and promises great fishing and a chance to win some amazing prizes.  2023 will be the 47th annual salmon derby and we hope that you will join us.  For more information click the button below and dont forget to buy your tickets!

Kids Training Day

Sat. May 27, 2023

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Every spring the club hosts a training day for kids whoare interested in the sport.  Activities include learning to cast, knot tying, children's safety village, OPP watercraft, tour of the hatchery, and of course every child will be allowed to catch one fish from our outdoor pond. As usual, there are prizes and a bbq lunch available for those who attend.  We invite anyone who is interested in the sport of angling to attend this great community event.
 

Shoreline Cleanup

Saturday June 17, 2023

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When spring arrives, it is time to do some spring cleaning. Come down to the hatchery and help clean up the shoreline between downtown Sarnia and the Point Edward treatment plant. Our annual shoreline clean up is one of the ways the Bluewater Anglers try to help improve the fishing experience in our community. Bring your gloves and wear sturdy footwear. We will provide the garbage bags. There are hotdogs, pop and coffee served at the hatchery for lunch.  Bring your family and friends!

Family Fishing Derby

Sat. July 8, 2023

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This is a FREE activity for families. You do not need an Ontario fishing licence during the Ontario Family Fishing Week.  Sign up at the booth in Centennial Park, receive your bucket, and then catch as many gobies as you can before lunch.  Bring those gobies to the hatchery to be counted and then enjoy a hot dog lunch.  Prizes awarded for most gobies and for the 5 longest fish.

Walleye Derby

Fri/Sat July 28/29, 2023

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Who does not love walleye? The Club encourages you to participate in this overnight event which takes place with in the same boundaries as the Salmon Derby.  Fishing form boat and from shore is allowed. The derby is a single fish submission event and is open to the public with purchase of entry ticket. Prizes are awarded for the 10 heaviest walleye submitted for weigh-in at the Hatchery.  

Bluewater Anglers Offer

Columbia Employee Store Invitation Details

  • Bluewater Anglers offer is valid January 20th - February 12th! (see invite)
  • Store is stocked with current season products from our family of brands – Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, SOREL and prAna – items are priced up to 50% off retail.
  • For store access, please provide the attached PDF invite (printed or shown on your mobile device) + proof of affiliation / membership
  • Invitees can bring up to four additional guests with each visit
  • This offer is for store access (not valid online)

Find store location and hours here or on the invite.

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