Harbour Harvest 2023

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Harbour Harvest 2023

A comfortable and welcoming family friendly one-day Ice Fishing Derby raising money for 3 local charities. Gear & guidance available!

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Nepean Sailing Club - The Harbour 3259 Carling Avenue Ottawa, ON Ottawa, ON K2H 1A6 Canada

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

About this event

  • 7 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

The 6th annual Harbour Harvest - Charity Ice Fishing Derby & Brunch


The Harbour Harvest is a family friendly Ice Fishing Derby raising money for 3 local charities featuring:

  • An option for a delicious brunch in the Harbour View Hall at the Galley Restaurant in the Nepean Sail Club in Ottawa! (Note: Brunch is separate from registration. A separate link will be sent when ready to reserve your spot for Brunch)
  • No fishing license is required on Family Day weekend.
  • Holes drilled by volunteers if needed
  • Equipment available on site for anyone who doesn't own their own. 
  • We will also have some bait and lures (or bring your own). 

The 2023 charities:

  1. Ottawa Riverkeeper: Ottawa Riverkeeper, a charitable organization, is a champion and collective voice for the Ottawa River watershed, providing leadership and inspiration to protect, promote and improve its ecological health and future.
  2. Scouts: 116th Nepean Griffin Troops( ages 11-14) opened up just this year in the Crystal Beach/Crystal Bay area. With the funds raised, this will allow more youths to partake in future activities like Spring camp and Summer bike camp to name a few. Thier Motto: BE PREPARED
  3. OCISO - Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization is a local agency serving newcomers (immigrants/refugees)


  • $300+ Trophy for 1st place ("Longest" live fish),
  • $200 for person with most species caught (if a tie, we will use total length of fish - must be alive and only one of each species will qualify - ie. you can't use two pikes). 
    • Must have at least two species to qualify - you cannot share or pass on your fish to help them win, they must be your own catch.      
  • NOTE: Species that qualify include Pike, Walleye, Perch, Catfish, Crappie, Sunfish (Ontario Fishing Regulations page 96). Only fish caught in the Harbour of the Nepean Sailing Club between 8:00am and 3:00pm will qualify. 

- Every registered/paid participant will receive a ticket for door prizes (presented at 3:30pm along with trophies)

How it works:  

  • Check in opens at 8:00am (you can arrive anytime between 8am and 3pm) at the main entrance of the Nepean Sailing Club.  No fishing before 8:00am
  • If you need gear, get a fully rigged up "Harbour Harvest kit*" (this does not include pliers, but those can be borrowed on the ice as needed.)
  • Organizers /volunteers will drill you a hole if you cannot locate one that has been pre-drilled and not in use already (note: Limit is two lines/holes per angler - only one line in allowed per hole) 
  • We/you will abide by the Ontario Fishing Regulations
  • Minnows ($2) or worms ($1) or various lure options available on the ice - entrance (limited quantities available)
  • You are welcome to bring your own gear/bait and drill your own holes if you have the equipment.
  • Experts will be roaming to help with set up and advice (and creature handling if you wish).

The "Harbour Harvest Kit" includes:

  • A bucket (can be a seat, but mainly used for gear/fish)
  • Two rigged up tip-ups (rods) - you can choose a lure or hook with bait (minnow or worm). 
  • Some other surprises/treats may be included!

Come for the entire day, or just drop in for a bite or two!  

Trophies and cash prizes presented at 3:00pm.

Our 2023 Sponsors /partners:

  1. Nepean Sailing Club
  2. McKenzie Home Team
  3. Arkitek Design Group
  4. Level Six
  5. Others - To be confirmed


I can't attend, how can I still support you or get in on the fun?

If you or your friends can't make it to the event, try these ideas...

  • Share - spread the word  or  DONATE Direct y to for the charities (see their webpages)

I've never been ice fishing before. Can I still participate?

  • Absolutely! We'll get you set up and show you how it's done!

If I want to go ice fishing with a friend, do we each need to buy a ticket?

  • No, if you would like to share a fishing hole and equipment you only need to purchase one individual angler ticket.  However, only registered participants are eligible for prizes

What do I bring?

  • Waterproof warm boots!
  • Please remember to dress warm and feel free to bring lawn chairs and outdoor friendly snacks.  The Galley is a restaurant and for health code reasons no outside food or drinks will be allowed inside.  
  • Bring your own gear if you got it, otherwise reserve it ASAP
  • CASH for the AUCTION and other 50/50 draw
  • $5 for unlimited hot chocolate (per person)

Where can I park for the event?

  • There is free parking available on-site at the Nepean Sailing Club.

Can I get there by Bus?

  • Yes, try OC Transpo route 58 from Bayshore Station

Will food and drinks be available for purchase?

  • The Bar and Galley at the Nepean Sailing Club will be open to participants all day after 10:30am.  A separate link will be shared to reserve a brunch (this will be done directly through the Nepean Sailing Club)
  • $5 will get you bracelet that gives you access to unlimited coffee and hot chocolate until 2:30pm.  

Can I hang out in the Galley restaurant all day?

  • Not really, please avoid staying indoors - get outside and jig, jig, jig.    Of course, you can go in and out as you please to warm up as needed, just don't fall asleep on those cozy couches by the fireplace :)  

What time does it start?

  • We will start on site registrations at 8:00am. 
  • You can arrive any time before 2:00pm.
  • Stay for as long as you like - some people choose to come for short visit, while most people stay all day.

Will we catch fish?

  • If you always caught fish, they would not have called it fishing, it would have been called "catching".  Ideally, we all get some action :)
  • Fun Fact:  Our 14-year-old champ from 2016 made it to the from page of the Ottawa West Metro Newspaper with his 24" pike. Our champ in 2019 had a 28" pike and over 50 fish were measured and registered on the leader board.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

  • No

Can I be a SPONSOR or be a bigger supporter of this event and participants?

  • Yes!  Contact us and we can find a package that works for you and your goals!   Let's talk SOON! Dan@dropinsports.ca

What's the refund policy?

  • If the event does not happen (possibly due to severe weather or other uncontrollable factors) ticket sales will be refunded .

 Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

  • No
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