Bayfield Conservation Authority’s watershed. A Fishing & Paddling guide for Huron County is available from the Welcome Centre in Grand Bend.

FISH A GREAT LAKE

Head out onto Lake Huron with Blue Line Fishing Charters (bluelinefishingcharters.com) or Grand Bend Fishing Charters (grandbendfishingcharters.com), both run out of Grand Bend from April to October. Here you have the opportunity to catch King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, and Walleye on fully equipped vessels with top notch fishing tackle and electronics.

FISH A QUIET RIVER

Fly Fitters (flyfitters.ca) offers guided fly fishing, spey fishing, and sport fishing adventures on the Maitland River, Bayfield River, and Saugeen River in SW Ontario, along the shore of Lake Huron, located near the town of Goderich, Ontario.

Ausable River Cut (Port Franks)

Offers a diverse warm water fish habitat, including Channel Catfish, Walleye and Smallmouth Bass. There are also migratory runs of Rainbow Trout and Chinook Salmon.

Bannockburn Conservation Area (Brucefield)

Runs of Blue Gill, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Chub, Dace, Darter, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Smallmouth Bass and Sunfish. Access at 76249 Bannockburn Line, northeast of Varna between Brucefield and Bayfield.

Old Ausable Channel (Pinery Park)

Clear, still water is home to Panfish (Perch, Sunfish, Black Crappie), Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike.

Morrison Dam Conservation Area (Exeter)

Area boasts a 30-acre lake, which is a popular spot for family fishing. Access at 71108 Morrison Line, Exeter.

Parkhill Creek (Grand Bend)

Has a similar fish habitat to the Ausable Cut, with lake resident Yellow Perch present at the pier at times.

Parkhill Reservoir (Parkhill)

Located in the Parkhill Conservation Area. Populations of White Crappie and Largemouth Bass. Take Country Road 81 to Highway 7, turn onto Centre Rd., Parkhill. Brochure available on abca.on.ca.

MOTORIZED BOATS & CATCH-AND-RELEASE

Motorized boats are not allowed on the Old Ausable Channel or the Parkhill Reservoir. Catch-and-release is encouraged and anglers should always return any species at risk to the water of any watercourse.

HANDY WEBSITES

Fishing Licence (Card & Tag)

  • Canadian Tire: 100 Thames Rd. E., Exeter – 519-235-0160; 84 Union St., Forest – 519-786-2121
  • Rona Hardware, 57 Ontario St. S., Grand Bend – 519-238-5500
  • Service Ontario (ontario.ca): 388 Main St. S., Exeter – 519-235-4578; 93 Main St. S., Forest – 519-786-2929

TOP 10 BENEFITS OF FISHING

(Source: healthfitnessrevolution.com)

  1. Full Body Strength – Battling even a small fish engages the shoulders, back, arms, core and legs.
  2. Family Bonding – Time with family promotes feelings of security and well-being.
  3. Boosts Immune System – The best source of vitamin D is a day outdoors under the sun.
  4. Promotes Relaxation – Time in nature with a focused task is akin to meditation.
  5. Improves Cardiovascular Health – Fishing burns an average of 200 calories an hour, depending on the kind of fishing you do.
  6. Teaches Self-Reliance – If you can fix a rod with just ingenuity, what else can you do on your own?
  7. Bestows Patience – Fishing puts your patience to practice.
  8. Encourages Travel – Fishers are among the most accomplished travelers on the planet.
  9. Enjoy The Great Outdoors – Fishing inspires a closer connection with nature and all creatures.
  10. Improves Balance – Reeling in a fish in a canoe requires balance, core strength and flexibility.

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

  • Morrison Dam Fishing Derby, Exeter – May 6, 2017
  • Family Fishing Derby, Benmiller – June 24, 2017
  • Family Fishing Week, Pinery Park – June 30-July 8, 2018
  • Joe Brandon Memorial Trout Derby, Bayfield – October 12-14, 2018

See Festivals & Events for more events, dates, times and details.