Lake Huron Fish Club

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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.

Thousands of 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.

If you would like to join us as an active and/or supporting member please email us at or complete the PayPal Membership below and we will be glad to bring you on board!

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 Lake Huron Fishing Club Documentary
Saugeen River Steelhead Fishing
Josh Choronzey on fishing the Saugeen River
Salmon Hatchery - Pt Elgin

The 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 Phone: 519-389-4474

Trout 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 community. 
here or on the link to the upper left to learn more about our Trout Hatchery operations.

To request tours or obtain additional information please contact our
Hatchery Coordinator Rachel Hasson:
Phone: 519-353-8896 Email:

During 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 clicking here.

Hatchery Phone: 519-396-5833

Mini Hatcheries - Area Schools

01 February, 2017: We have grown from one school seven years ago, to 36 schools this year in five MNRF Districts from Sarnia to Milton to Collingwood to Gore Bay, on Manitoulin Island.  

The students have been a part of seeing the eggs hatch, feeding and cleaning the aquariums, doing written or art projects on what they’ve experienced throughout the six or seven months they have them, presentations put on by Club Members at some of the schools, releasingTeeswater Hillcrest School their salmon at Kincardine or Southampton rivers, touring the Chinook Salmon Hatchery in Port Elgin or the Trout Hatchery in Kincardine and maybe tour the Kincardine Lighthouse. One school was able to fish for the afternoon at the Port Elgin town pond after their release and another was able to take part in our rainbow trout fin clipping at the Kincardine Trout hatchery, plus a couple were able to take part in the Fish Kincardine Derby helping at the Weigh Station and handling the fish while helping to weigh and measure them. The volunteers were running the weigh station and quite a few students and adults told me it was the best school trip they were ever on. One sure feels good when you get to see and hear that.

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 the project.

The Hatchery start up Blog may be followed by clicking here and the current  Hatcheries Blog here.

A YouTube video of the Teeswater Mini-Hatchery start up may be viewed by clicking here. YouTube video on all hatcheries may be viewed here.

Pictures of students releasing fish in May 2016 may be viewed by clicking here.

Videos of students releasing fish at the Southampton Boat Ramp spring of 2012 may be viewed here.

A Community Building Program Blog with up to date information may be viewed here.

Northport Students Release Salmon - 27 April, 2013:

Over 100 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 School Hatchery.

After the official release, some students and parents also toured the Port Elgin Hatchery to see the 110,000 fish prior to their upcoming release.

Additional information may be viewed at the Saugeen Times website by clicking here.

Information on other school hatchery activities may be found here.

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.

The broadcast may be viewed by clicking here.

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.

Click here to view pictures of the events.

Students Release Fish Beside Kincardine Hatchery

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 here.

Denny’s Dam Could Produce Power in the Future

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.

A Great Lake Revival

The demise of alewives and salmon in Lake Huron brought something nobody expected: An explosion of native species. Is Lake Michigan next? And could a more diverse ecosystem offer protection against Asian Carp and other invaders?

Click here for complete article. Very interesting reading for any Lake Huron Fisherman!

Efforts to Halt Asian Carp Invasion of Great Lakes Hit Roadblock

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.

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 Great Lakes. 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 Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) will remove the Lockerby Dam in Arran-Elderslie with partial funding from the federal government.

The SVCA will receive funding up to $125,000 through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships 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 recreational fisheries habitats.

"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 interview Wednesday.

"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 natural state."

The federal funding, "although generous and welcome," covers approximately 50 per cent of the total cost, Brohman said.

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 built.

"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," Brohman said. 

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 reservoir. 

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 move forward.

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 Environmental Award.

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 environment.”

Club Receives Canadian Angler Hall Of Fame Conservation Award
At The Spring Fishing & Boat Show 14 February, 2014

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
clicking here.

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 clicking here.

The MNR Thornbury Fishway Exit in the Beaver River may be viewed by clicking here.

Denny's Dam Sagueen River Southampton

Denny's Dam History - By Club Member Ron Plaskett

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?

Click Here to read the Denny's Dam history.

Years Of Effort Behind Saugeen Miracle

By Club Member Darryl Choronzey For The Owen Sound Sun Times

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"!

A Different Type Of Program on Saugeen River

From Going Fishing TV December 2010 Newsletter By Darryl Choronzey Lower Saugeen River Fish Ladder Work

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 HuronSaugeen River Fish Ladder Work Club, the Ontario Steelheaders and the local Owen Sound office of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for what they have accomplished.

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 fish successfully.

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.Saugeen River Rainbow Trout

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.

Great Lakes 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 walleye, please:

  1. Record when & where you captured the fish.

  2. Immediately remove the internal transmitter from the fish & rinse with water. Store the transmitter at room temperature. You may keep the fish.

  3. 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.)

    Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

You may also choose to complete the online form at:

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

Our local Lake Huron MNR contact is: Lloyd Mohr E-mail:

What Is Going On With Lake Huron

The Michigan Government has completed a detailed report on what is happening with Lake Huron. This is a very informative article worth the time to read. The full report may be read by clicking here.

Ministry of Natural Resources Angler Web Tool

The MNR has a new interactive, easy to use, web tool that will help anglers and aspiring anglers plan a fishing trip from start to finish so they can get out and enjoy Ontario's great outdoors.

This is one-stop shopping at its best! Click here or on the logo to visit the site.

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