The Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival is more than just a fishing derby.  It is a chance for families, friends and visitors to get together and enjoy the variety of events being offered.

What makes the event more than a fishing derby?  Follow the parade that begins in downtown Nipigon and finishes at the arena.  While you’re at the arena, make sure you take in the booths, raffles, food, entertainment and prizes.  If you feel like getting some fresh air you can go outside and watch a baseball game, take in the classic car display, have your kids participate in the inflatable playground and races.  If you are a night owl you can enjoy the fireworks, go to the Saturday Evening Social featuring a live band or watch the outdoor movie.  Check out the Schedule Page for a complete and updated listing of events during this year’s festival.

Many local volunteer organizations benefit from the festival.  These organizations provide essential services to our community and other larger organizations.  Your participation helps them in their efforts.  For the past number of years the festival has also provided a bursary to a local student who is continuing their post secondary education.  Applications can be made by writing a short letter to the committee.  Our local businesses and merchants also benefit from the festival.

The two day family derby offers a chance for the whole family to fish for salmon, lake trout, rainbow trout, pike and pickerel anywhere in Thunder Bay District.  Will you be landing the big one this year?

The Huck Finn derby is open to all children aged 12 and under.  The annual Largest Perch Trophy and Plaque has been awarded since the festival began, but all fish species can be entered in the derby.  All entries receive a prize.  Can you hold a trophy, a plaque and a prize all at the same time?

The Festival Committee functions as a non-profit organization.  It organizes this annual event to assist local volunteer and non-profit organizations such as school breakfast programs, Sea Cadets, Scouts, hospital programs, Nipigon Elks and the Nipigon Curling Club.  Over a quarter million dollars have been raised and distributed by the committee alone over the past 10 years.

Visit for updated information and 2017 schedule.





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