The Lake Huron
Fishing Club is a conservation based Sports Club formed in 1983 by a
dedicated group of anglers on the Ontario shore of Lake Huron.
hours of volunteer work are completed each year by our Club Members
operating two fish hatcheries, stream enhancements, environmental
improvements, projects in schools, endeavors to protect the fishing
rights of all citizens and assisting government agencies on
assessment, enforcement etc.
When we are
not working we love to enjoy, promote and share the sport we love.
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Lake Huron Fishing Club
Saugeen River Steelhead Fishing
Josh Choronzey on fishing the Saugeen River
Salmon Hatchery - Pt
Lake Huron Fishing Club's Chinook Hatchery is located on Upper Ave
in the town of Port Elgin. It was built in 1985. The construction
was completed using only volunteer labour as are virtually all of
the past and present LHFC projects. It continues to function under
the watchful eye of club members who volunteer to staff the hatchery
during its season of operation from September to May of each year.
At present the
Chinook Hatchery returns some 250,000 Chinook smolts back into the
Lake Huron area. As there is no Canadian government restocking of
salmon into Lake Huron, this task has been assumed by the 4 club
hatcheries which operate on the Canadian side of the Lake. The 40 or
so volunteers who regularly staff the Port Elgin facility, regard
this task with a sense of both pride and duty.
Hatchery - Kincardine
The Lake Huron
Fishing Club Trout Hatchery is located on Huron Terrace in the town
of Kincardine across from the Harbour. This fish hatchery was built
in 1992 and began raising fish in 1993.
The hatchery produces 2 species of sport fish, brown trout and
rainbow trout for stocking into Lake Huron waters. 120,000 yearling
trout are released annually into Lake Huron waters and tributaries.
All operations at the hatchery are by volunteers from the Kincardine
or on the link to the upper left to learn more about our Trout
To request tours or obtain additional information please contact our
Trout Hatchery Manager
Al Wilkins @
the 2011 Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby Ontario Out Of Doors
Field Editor, Dale Hainer visited our hatchery and placed a video of
his visit on YouTube. It may be viewed by
Hatchery Phone: 519-396-5833
Mini Hatcheries -
On November 17, 2010 the
Lake Huron Fishing Club set up a Salmon Mini-Hatchery
Aquarium at the
Teeswater Hillcrest Central School in the Grade 2 & 3 class.
Club Member Richard Elliott Jr of Teeswater is in charge of
Hatchery start up Blog may be followed by
clicking here and the current Hatcheries Blog
video of the Teeswater Mini-Hatchery start up may be viewed
clicking here. YouTube video on all hatcheries may be
Pictures of students releasing fish in May
2016 may be viewed by clicking
Videos of students
releasing fish at the Southampton Boat Ramp spring of 2012
may be viewed
Community Building Program Blog with up to date information
may be viewed
Northport Students Release Salmon - 27
students and parents of Northport Elementary School in Port
Elgin showed up at the Saugeen River Saturday 27 April, 2013
to participate in releasing the Salmon they raised in the
official release, some students and parents also toured the
Port Elgin Hatchery to see the 110,000 fish prior to their
Information on other school hatchery
activities may be found
Brookside School Receives
Their Mini Hatchery
On Friday 18 November, 2016 CTV News London
broadcasted the story of the Brookside School of Lucknow
setting up their hatchery and how beneficial it was for a
multitude of reasons. Very interesting to say the least.
Brookside Public School is a Junior
Kindergarten to Grade 8 school located in Ashfield Township
near Lake Huron in Ontario. We have a student population of
just over 200 students with 21 staff. Our student population
comes to us from the areas surrounding Lucknow, Dungannon,
Nile, Auburn, Port Albert and Kingsbridge.
Students Release Fish In Saugeen River Spring 2016
Students of the Saugeen, Norhport and GC
Houston Public Schools released Salmon into the Saugeen
River during April & May 2016.
The grade 2 and 3 classes of the Kincardine
Township-Tiverton Public School released the fish they had
raised all fall and winter, beside the Kincardine Fish
Hatchery, Wednesday afternoon, April 29, 2015.
For additional information and photographs
please visit the Kincardine News article found
Saugeen Shores council is being asked to support a plan
to generate hydroelectric power on the Saugeen River.
California-based Natel Energy is
proposing to build a 500-kilowatt hydroelectric station
at Denny’s Dam in Southampton, and has requested
municipal support as part of its feed-in tariff
application to the provincial government.
Patrick Gillette is a consultant for
Natel Energy and says while the proposal is in its
infancy, it would be about a $5-million project, with
about half of that cost being spent locally.
Gillette says Denny’s Dam is an ideal
location for the project because the dam is already in
place, which mitigates much of the environmental impact
of constructing a hydroelectric station.
The original Denny’s Dam was constructed
about a century ago to provide electricity to what is
now Saugeen Shores, though the dam was later dismantled
then rebuilt in the 1970s to serve as a barrier to keep
the invasive sea lamprey out of the Saugeen River.
The Lake Huron Fishing Club is voicing
some concern over the proposal, as Vice President Mike
Hahn explains they want to make sure the dam continues
to serve its original purpose.
“Right now, it’s a sea lamprey barrier,
so we must maintain stopping sea lamprey from getting
into the head waters,” says Hahn. “The safe passage of
spawning fish going up the river to spawn and
thirdly…the baby fish that are smolting out of the
river, going out to [Lake Huron] to grow into their
adulthood, we have to make sure they don’t get chopped
up by turbines as they pass through.”
The FIT application, environmental
assessment, and subsequent construction is expected to
take at least eight years to complete.
Efforts to Halt Asian Carp Invasion of Great Lakes Hit
Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a
research boat, jump from the Illinois River near
Havana, Ill. A years-long effort to find a
strategy to keep the invasive Asian carp out of
the Great Lakes appears to be coming up empty.
Story By:John FlesherAssociated Press,Published on Wed Dec 16
TRAVERSE CITY, MICH.—When scientists
discovered six years ago that aggressive
Asian carp had made their way up the
Mississippi River’s tributaries toward the
Chicago area, the Obama administration and
alarmed state officials pledged swift action
to head off an invasion they feared could
devastate fishing and boating on the vital
Read full story here.
Adopt A Highway - 2015
Members of both the
LHFC and the local Outdoors Youth Group walked through a
total of 13 kilometers of ditches on Saturday 09 May,
2015. Thank you to all who rolled up their sleeves and
helped us clean up a large section of Highway 21.
Lockerby Dam in Arran-Elderslie
Township To Be Removed
ARRAN-ELDERSLIE - In
an effort to improve the
fish habitat in the north
Saugeen River, the Saugeen
Authority (SVCA) will remove
the Lockerby Dam in
Arran-Elderslie with partial
funding from the federal
The SVCA will
receive funding up to
$125,000 through the
Program, Larry Miller,
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP.
The program partners the
federal government with
local groups including the
LHFC to implement a variety
of projects that restore,
rebuild or rehabilitate
"Almost any dam on a
creek or river is not
healthy for the natural
state of the river," Wayne
Brohman, general manager of
the SVCA, said in a phone
"The removal would be
helpful for the fish
habitat, for the migration
of the fish, for the
temperature of the water,
and it would just be nice to
return that area to a
The federal funding,
"although generous and
approximately 50 per cent of
the total cost, Brohman
The dam, which was
constructed in 1872 for
hydro purposes, has no flood
control purpose and
currently is a barrier for
fish migration. The removal
will hopefully improve the
overall water quality in the
river, which, in turn, will
improve the fish habitat.
The removal would create
a creek channel instead of
the pond now behind the dam,
and it would flow naturally
as it did before the dam was
"It will reduce the water
temperature, because when it
ponds up like that behind
the dam, the temperature of
the water increases a fair
bit and that's not healthy,"
The SVCA has been
considering the removal of
the dam for a number of
years. A 2006 report
recommended its removal and
rehabilitation of the
There is some preliminary
work to be done this year
and the actual dam removal
will be in the summer of
2015. The SVCA will be
communicating with the
municipality, the general
public, and landowners near
the dam to determine how to
Club Receives OPG Environmental Award
At the Kincardine Chamber of Commerce 2015
Community Achievement Awards Dinner
on 21 March, 2015, Al Wilkins was honoured to
represent the volunteers of the Lake Huron Fishing Club’s
Kincardine Trout Hatchery in accepting the 2015 OPG
This award is, “presented to a business,
organization or individual that is guided by a sense of
responsibility and respect for the environment, which
manifests it through initiatives designed to preserve,
conserve or improve the local
Award Winners (L to R): Brian Garnet,
Bruce Tufts, Patrick Campeau and Karl Redin
Canadian Angler Hall of Fame Alumni
Darryl Choronzey presented the Conservation
Award to Karl Redin, President of the
Ontario Steelheaders and Brian Garnet
President of the Lake Huron Fishing Club,
for the work both groups have done to
improve steelhead stocking and habitat on
the Saugeen River.
Choronzey was ebullient in
his praise of the program. “When we started
10 years ago, I estimated the run was
probably 3,000 fish. We estimate our run to
be 45,000 to 50,000 fish right now. I know
my waters and this is the best steelhead
fishery in North America.” Choronzey
credited the success to the hard work of the
volunteers he called the “Old Boys,” some of
who also joined Redin and Garnet on stage,
and challenged younger members in the
audience to match their dedication to
preserving Canada’s Fisheries.
Natives & MNR Reach Commercial Fishing Accord
Not the best
news for sportfishing. The agreement
details may be found on the Owen Sound Sun Times webpage by
Denny's Dam Fish Monitor Camera
The MNR has installed a camera at
Denny’s Dam to monitor what fish species and how many of
them pass through the Fishway. This is a permanent
camera and can be viewed in real time.
The LHFC took an active role with this
new tool and is assisting with the monthly costs. The
camera may be viewed by
The MNR Thornbury Fishway Exit in the Beaver River may
be viewed by clicking here.
Denny's Dam History - By Club Member Ron
What do you
know about where you are fishing on the Saugeen River?
You know there is Denny’s Dam
and that there was an old bridge nearby. You even know about
Thorncrest Outfitters with all their canoes and kayaks stored
beside their house. You especially know that the fishing is
very good. But what else do you know about where you fish?
Excerpt: Since the spring of 2005
members of the Ontario Steelheaders and the Lake Huron Fishing Club
have been trapping adult-run steelhead at Denny's Dam. They set a
collection target of 100,000 viable eggs and always have met that
goal. The mixing of eggs and sperm then takes place on site at the
Lake Huron Fishing Club's Kincardine fish hatchery. Depending on
water temperature, club members generally carry out their total egg
take and fertilization over a few days.
Once the eggs are fertilized and
resting in protective trays, the members from Lake Huron Fishing
Club take over the chore of babysitting for the next 12 months. It
should be noted the Kincardine facility is state of the art and
these babysitters are some of the best in the business.
On 29 March, 2012
an article on this spring's excellent steelhead run was in the Owen
Sound Sun Times and may be viewed by
clicking here. In a word "Wow"!
While some are wasting
fishing opportunities on Lake Ontario, other concerned volunteers
and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources are still going strong
and creating a miracle on the Saugeen River.
First, the Lake Huron Fishing Club and the Ontario Steelheaders got
together to team up on a number of initiatives including raising and
stocking healthy rainbow trout smolts far up into the mid-stretches
of the Saugeen for successful imprinting. Then there’s also their
program of trailering hundreds of returning adults 50 miles or more
upstream to prime spawning waters. This past autumn, the two clubs
even initiated an autumn transfer program which saw large numbers of
winter run steelhead shuttled to these same waters. All in an
attempt to increase and improve the steelhead fishing on Ontario’s
finest steelhead stream.
Well, another miracle has
taken place on the Saugeen this past autumn and I would like to
thank the Lake Huron
Club, the Ontario Steelheaders and the local Owen Sound office of
the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for what they have
For decades, migrating steelhead have been prevented from reaching
prime Saugeen spawning waters at two dams located in the town of
Walkerton, Ontario. The first dam in particular has been a major
detriment to any upriver bound steelhead. A fishway had been
installed on the lower dam, but it’s doubtful that it ever passed
Then the boys of all three organizations went to work and devised a
plan to modify and improve the fishway. What I expected to take more
than a year, was installed and completed in a few short months. It
works and it will work long into the future when it comes to
allowing the fish up into a true reproducing glory hole.
It took a lot of hard work
and dedication, but it will pay off with large rewards for anglers
who visit the Saugeen. The past efforts of these workers have seen
the steelhead runs multiply from a count of approximately 2,000
adult steelhead a decade ago, to upwards of 20,000 fish today. Just
watch how it expands even more in the future.
In the past, I’ve been often critical of some employees of the
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, but in this instance I would
like to personally thank acting district biologist Jody Scheifley
and area Supervisor Shawn Carey for their efforts in pushing this
project through. My fishing cap is tipped to you guys and again
thank you very much. The Saugeen is well on its way to being the
finest steelhead river east of the Rocky Mountains.
Acoustic Telemetry Observing System
Walleye Study: To
increase knowledge on walleye movement and better manage the
fishery, a tracking study is being conducted with walleye tagged
from Lake Huron and Lake Erie. Each fish will have up to 2
external tags and 1 internal transmitter.
In the event that you catch
and keep one of these tagged walleye, there is a $100.00 reward
for reporting the fish and returning the internal transmitter.
If you catch & keep a tagged
Record when & where you
captured the fish.
Immediately remove the
internal transmitter from the fish &
rinse with water. Store the transmitter
at room temperature. You may keep the
For reward &
arrangements to mail in the transmitter,
please contact the USGS Hammond Bay
Biological Station at (989) 734-4768
(Mon-Fri , 7:00 am - 4:30 pm. At other
times, leave a message at ext. 111.)