Where to Fish

Be sure to plan ahead before visiting this fall, as many operators are running at reduced capacity or are closed for the season due to COVID-19. When in BruceGreySimcoe, follow social distancing protocols, wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.

BruceGreySimcoe has some of Ontario’s ultimate fishing holes, including well-known Georgian Bay, Lake Simcoe and Lake Huron.  Below is just a sample of the outstanding fall (and year-round) fishing you can expect here. No matter what bait or equipment you use or whether you cast your line from onshore or in deep, open waters, you are sure to have a memorable fishing experience.  Book a local fishing charter to help get you safely out on the big water and, who knows?  You might just hook the big one! 
 
Information on fishing seasons in Georgian Bay and Lake Huron can be found in Zones 13 and 14, while Lake Simcoe is in Zone 16.
 
(Note:  if you are between the ages of 18 years 64, make sure you have an up-to-date Ontario fishing licence – mandatory for all residents and visitors).
 
Bring the family to Owen Sound to follow the salmon on their annual fall migration up the Sydenham River.  The self-guided Owen Sound Salmon Tour can be done in four ways:  by bike, boat, foot or car.  There is a guided tour for a more in-depth experience at the Salmon Run & Fish Hatchery (please check ahead for 2020 for tour informaiton).  
 

Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay is a hotspot for anglers and justifiably so.  Part of Lake Huron, it covers 15,000 square kilometres and is close to the same size as Lake Ontario (and is sometimes called "the sixth Great Lake"), with similar fish species.  Lucky anglers can hook both largemouth and smallmouth bass, salmon, trout, walleye, sturgeon, catfish, pike and others.  Thousands of islands, inlets, points, saddles, reefs, shorelines and smaller bays make up this extensive habitat. In some places, there’s up to 30 feet visibility in the crystal-clear waters.  In Tobermory, the fishing is good for lake trout, whitefish and herring under the calm surfaces of both Little and Big Tub Harbours.
 

Lake Simcoe

Welcome to Ontario’s most popular inland lake for fishing - Lake Simcoe!  Many may know it only as a hard water destination but there’s great fishing to be had here year-round.   The variety of fish found in Lake Simcoe is pretty sweet with pike, bass, and perch just a few of the lake’s species.   Try your luck at some of the fall derbies for a chance to win big prizes.  Several marinas on Lake Simcoe and in adjoining rivers have launching services and access points, as well as tips on where to fish and info on weather and water conditions.
 

Lake Huron

Salmon and trout love the cold, clear, deep water of Lake Huron, third largest of the Great Lakes. This lake is home to some of the most spectacular trophy fishing in Ontario, where you can angle for Chinook salmon or drop a line for rainbow, brown and lake trout.  There are plenty of habitats – underwater reefs, sunken islands and drop offs - for small and largemouth bass.  Lake Huron can be extremely temperamental this time of year, so be sure to check the marine forecast before heading out on the lake.
 

Saugeen River

Bait, lure and fly-fishing opportunities are plentiful in this long, winding river. Upstream from Lake Huron, you’ll find one of Ontario’s best rainbow trout and Chinook salmon runs. The salmon faithfully climb the fish ladder at Denny’s Dam in early fall.
 
With naturally sheltered feeder systems and spring-fed lakes, the Saugeen River is an angler’s mecca for brown and brook trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike and muskie.  Download this handy Fishing Map, a useful tool in knowing where to fish for your species of choice. 
 

Ontario Fishing & Trout Ponds

(Currently closed due to COVID-19)
This is the perfect spot to fish with the family and young anglers! Located just north of the town of Durham, Ontario Fishing & Trout Ponds – also known as Wilmer Trout Ponds – is one of the largest public fishing trout ponds in the region, stocked with naturally fed brook, brown and rainbow trout. No fishing licence is required and there’s no limit. Bring your own equipment – worms are available at the ponds. 
 

Fishing Events of Note

 

Other Fishing Spots in BruceGreySimcoe

There are even more places where you can fish from harbour walls, banks of rivers or streams, or from scenic rocky shorelines. 
 

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