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Fishing in Port Hope

The Municipality of Port Hope offers some of the most diverse year-round fishing opprtunities in Ontario. Anglers can fly fish in the clean, cold waters of the Ganaraska River that runs through the heart of town or fish Lake Ontario for large salmon, trout, pike or carp. 

The majestic Ganaraska River offers some of the best trout and salmon fishing in the province and draws anglers from great distances to fish the “Ganny”.  The spectacular trout run in the spring offers excellent steelhead trout fishing and in the fall salmon achieve sizes of 30 to 40 pounds! Mixed in with the fall run you may see silvery coho salmon and migratory brown trout in their vibrant spawning colours. Mid-Summer will see many species entering the river, including pike, walleye, perch, catfish, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum. During the winter months, anglers enjoy shore fishing the mouth of the river where it flows into Lake Ontario. Be sure to check the Ontario fishing regulations for locations and seasons before heading out.

The Port Hope Conservation Area is a popular fishing location just north of the Hwy. 401 Bridge. Other good spots to try are Gages Creek at the east end of town or Sylvan Glen Conservation Area, north of town. The pond at the Garden Hill Conservation Area is a great place to spend the day fishing with the family.

The Ganaraska River Fishway at Corbett's Dam, better known locally as the Port Hope fish ladder, is operated by the Ministry of Natural Resources. In April up to 8,000 migratory rainbow trout (steelhead) make the run upstream to spawn and in fall, large salmon make the annual migration. Staging and spawning also takes place in the riverbed below the ladder at the fish sanctuary. A trip to the fish ladder is always magical to watch the power of these majestic creatures as they jump the ladder.

Rice Lake is a short drive north of Port Hope. This long shallow lake provides a variety of species including crappie, bass, perch, walleye and muskie. Tournaments are held regularly on the lake and shore fishing is available in Bewdley.

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 Zero tolerance for any illegal fishing activity will be enforced on the Ganaraska River.

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