Where to Fish



Some of Ontario’s prime fishing can be found in BruceGreySimcoe. With the surge for outdoor activities continuing into the summer of 2021, Georgian Bay, Lake Simcoe and Lake Huron are definitely fishing hot spots. Check ahead with local tackle shops and outfitters for up-to-date info on your fishing destination before leaving home.  Make it a part of your plan to review current COVID-19 measures, too.

Below is just a sample of the outstanding fishing experiences you’ll find here. Wade in to fly fish, cast from shore and dock or cruise out into deep open water.  Perch, salmon, trout, whitefish and bass are just some of the catch you can expect in these waters.  Looking for expert advice on where to fish? Book a local fishing charter to discover the best spots to dangle that hook. 
Note that fishing licences are required for those 18 years old and older and up to 64 years old to fish in Ontario for both residents and visitors.

Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay, part of Lake Huron, is a hotspot for anglers.  It’s a pretty big body of water and has been nicknamed "the sixth Great Lake", since it’s close in size to Lake Ontario. It harbours a good variety of fish, including argemouth and smallmouth bass, salmon, trout, walleye, sturgeon, catfish, pike and others.  Fish habitat is extensive with thousands of islands, inlets, points, saddles, reefs, shorelines and smaller bays, with up to 30 feet visibility in the crystal clear waters in some places.  Tobermory’s two harbours, Little and Big Tub, attract lake trout, whitefish and herring under their calm surface.

For more info on fishing seasons, catch limits and species in Georigan Bay, visit Ontario.ca.

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Lake Simcoe

Ontario’s most popular inland lake for fishing, Lake Simcoe, well known as an ice fishing destination, has terrific fishing year round.  Huge variety and the element of surprise make Lake Simcoe hard to beat during the warmer months. The variety of lake depths make it habitable for lake trout, whitefish, smallmouth bass, perch, largemouth bass, northern pike and a variety of panfish.  During July and August, young anglers can hook crappie, sunfish, rock bass and bullhead.  For spring perch, drop a line in Cook's Bay, the Atherley Narrows and in adjacent Lake Couchiching. Several marinas, both on Lake Simcoe itself and in adjoining rivers, offer launching services and access points to these great fishing areas. 

Great fishing resources are the Original Lake Simcoe Message BoardLake Simcoe Fishing and Lake Simcoe Outdoors.

For more info on fishing seasons, catch limits and species on Lake Simcoe, visit Ontario.ca.

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Lake Huron

Lake Huron, third largest of the Great Lakes, is home to some of the most spectacular trophy fishing in Ontario, where you can fish for Chinook salmon or drop a line for rainbow, brown and lake trout.  Both small and largemouth bass dwell beneath the lake’s surface.  Spring fishing is excellent, with thousands of young jack salmon caught off the many surrounding piers.  Trout spring fishing focuses mainly at river mouths, with the Saugeen River a definite hotspot. 

For more info on fishing seasons, catch limits and species on Lake Ontario, visit Ontario.ca.

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Saugeen River

Upstream from Lake Huron, the Saugeen River is a prime spot to angle for Chinook salmon and rainbow, brown and brook trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, Coho salmon and panfish.  Saugeen Conservation has useful resources on where to fish, a map and a chart of fish species found in area lakes and rivers.

For more info on seasons, catch limits and species in the Saugeen River, visit Ontario.ca and check out Selected Fishing
Regulations for Saugeen River
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Fishing Events of Note

Other Fishing Spots in BruceGreySimcoe

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