Ontario Fishing Season; fishing in Cottage Country
Ontario Fishing Season varies depending where in
the province you want to fish and on the time of year. But since one of
the great loves from the Great Lakes is FISHING, it is in your best
interest to know what is in season and where you can fish.
For many that is a trip to stand or sit on the docks and drop in your
In Southampton you can also go to Denny's Dam and stand by or in the
river and fish. At the right time of the year you can watch the fish
swim up the river to spawn.
Looking for your favourite fish? Here are some popular fish types and
when and where they are in season to fish in Ontario.
Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario is part of Zone 20; both Atlantic and Pacific Salmon
have fishing seasons that are open all year but have aggregate limits
Salmon fishing is open all year at all the other Great Lakes as well,
but pay mind to the limits for each of these zones.
Salmon is stocked into the Great Lakes area, with the majority going to
Atlantic Salmon is closed all year in the remainder of Southern Ontario
and Pacific Salmon has restrictions depending on what Zone you are
Walleye Fishing Ontario Canada
Unlike Salmon, the Ontario fishing season for Walleye is restricted to certain times of the
year depending on the zone.
Walleye is off limits for part of April and May in Lake
Superior. You can fish Walleye in Zone 9 (Lake Superior) from
Jan1 to Apr 14 and the 3rd Sat in May to Dec 31.
Walleye is also restricted in Zone 20 (Lake Ontario). You can fish
Walleye from January 1st to March 1st and the first Saturday in May to
Walleye is open all year for fishing in Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and
For the rest of Southern Ontario Cottage country avoid fishing Walleye
in April & May as a general rule of thumb, except for Zone 17
(around Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes region) which you should only fish
the later part of the year (the 2nd Sat in May to Nov 15th).
Carp Fishing Ontario
Carp is a fish that is not widely popular amongst Canadian and American
fisherman but is popular with British and European tourists. From what
I can tell there aren't any restrictions of fishing Carp in Ontario due
to its overpopulation in the waterways. Carp are found
throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Waterway.
Bass Fishing Lake Ontario
Bass fishing has restrictions on both Largemouth and Smallmouth
varieties. In Lake Ontario you can only fish Bass from the 4th Saturday
in June to November 30th.
The same restrictions on Bass Fishing are present for Lake Huron,
Georgian Bay, Lake Erie and inland lakes in Southern Ontario.
The Ontario fishing season for Bass is open all year in Lake Superior.
Ontario Brook Trout Fishing
This fish is not found in Great Lakes like Lake Huron &
Georgian Bay. It is however found inland and has varying restrictions
depending on the zone. Brook trout is available to be fished year round
in zone 18 which is the area around Ottawa.
Areas south west of Zone 18, Brook Trout Fishing is restricted to the
time between the 4th Saturday in April to September 30th.
For specifics on the zone you will be fishing in, plus exceptions to
the rules and limits check out the MNR website.
Want a bit of competition while you fish? Then you might be interested
in the Fishing Derbys!
Just to name a few; The Owen Sound Spectacular
Bruce Peninsula Fishing Derby and the
Chantry Chinook Classic.
In fact there is a fishing tournament for
almost every month of the Ontario Fishing Season ranging from the Perch Lake Bass
Tournament west of Thunder Bay to the Great Ontario Salmon Derby on Lake Ontario.