Tournaments & Derbies

Reel in a big payday with a big catch at one of the many fishing tournaments and derbies throughout Niagara Falls USA.

From fishing competitions, derbies and special events, Niagara Falls USA is the place to be to enjoy this popular outdoor angling adventure!

Don't miss out! Each year, New York State offers free fishing days/weekends, allowing anyone to fish the fresh waters of New York State, and no fishing license is required. It's a great opportunity to try fishing for the first time, or a chance for the whole family to participate. Upcoming free fishing dates for 2022: September 24 and November 11, 2022.

Please note, due to COVID-19 concerns, events may be canceled or rescheduled.


Upcoming 2022 Niagara Falls USA Fishing Competitions, Derbies and Events

The Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo + LOTSA Salmon School has been rescheduled for February 16–19, 2023. Learn more here.

Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout and Salmon Derby
August 19-September 5, 2022 – Over $70,000 in cash and prizes including a $25,000 Grand Prize for the largest trout or salmon caught during this 18-day event. Help anglers celebrate the return of the mighty king salmon on Lake Ontario!  Sign up in local tackle shops or call (888) REEL-2-IN. You can also visit their website for more info or to register.

Reelin’ for a Cure Tournament (one day Ladies-Only event)
August 19, 2022 – This 6th annual ladies’ event will once again be held out of Wilson and Olcott. It’s a great way to celebrate life and pay tribute to cancer survivors. Call Stephanie at 716-481-6388 and also log onto the event’s Facebook page.

47th Annual Greater Niagara “Fall Classic” Derby – 2022: A Fish Odyssey
August 19-28, 2022 – The journey continues with another great event set for 2022 – 46 years of derbies! Last year, over $14,000 in cash and prizes were handed out to winning anglers at Krull Park in Olcott on awards night. Species categories included salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, carp, and walleye. All have a chance to win the Grand Prize.  For more information, call (877) FALLS US or visit the website for more information. Kids are FREE in a special youth division.

35th Annual NYPA Wildlife Festival
Sept. 24-25, 2022 – Held in conjunction with National Hunting and Fishing Day weekend, this event is co-sponsored by the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs and held on the grounds of the Power Authority’s Visitor Center in Lewiston. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission and free parking. Visit their Facebook page for more information. 

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