Fishing Lake Huron, you will have the opportunity to fish for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout and Walleye on fully-equipped vessels using top-notch fishing tackle and electronics. According to local fisherfolk, trolling with downriggers and dipsy divers will yield the best catch on the lake.
Local outfitters offer fishing charters on the lake including Blue Line Fishing Charters (519-318-1102), Copper Blues Fishing Charters (519-331-4144), Grand Bend Fishing Charters (519-852-3410), Maitland Valley Fishing Charters (519-319-3931), Port Franks Charters (519-521-8785), and Xtreme Water Sports (519-238-5816 / 519-319-4864). Pricing varies by the amount of time out on the lake and the size of your group.
FISH A QUIET RIVER
Fly Fitters (flyfitters.ca) located near the town of Goderich offers guided fly fishing, spey fishing, and sport fishing adventures on the Maitland River, Bayfield River, and Saugeen River and along the shore of Lake Huron.
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)
Supports a warm-water fish community. It is home to nearly 50 common species, including many kinds of Minnows, Sunfish, Catfish, Perch and some top predators like Northern Pike and Bass. The Channel is also home to three species at risk – Pugnose Shiner, Lake Chubsucker and Grass Pickerel. Please help protect these species at risk and do not remove them from the river. Boat motors are not allowed on the Channel at any time and there is a ban on baitfish use.
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.
FISHING LICENCE (CARD & TAG)
Before fishing in Ontario, it is important to read and understand the applicable sections of the Ontario Sport Fishing Regulations Summary (ontario.ca/document/ontario-fishing-regulations-summary). Learn the catch limits and season dates and do your part to help conserve Ontario’s waterways.
- 100 Thames Rd. E., Exeter – 519-235-0160
- 84 Union St., Forest – 519-786-2121
- 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
ONTARIO FAMILY FISHING
Ontario Family Fishing events are province-wide opportunities for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the need for a fishing version outdoors card. There are four event weeks during the year that are license-free:
- February 19-21, 2022
- May 7 & 8, 2022
- June 18 & 19, 2022
- July 2-10, 2022
Note: During these family fishing weeks, Ontario fishing regulations, fees and limits still apply. At all other times of the year, Canadian residents aged 18 to 64 years must buy a valid fishing license to fish in Ontario legally. ontariofamilyfishing.com
REPORT A POACHER
If you see any fishing violations, please contact a local Conservation Officer at 519-482-3333
- Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority: abca.on.ca
- Maitland Valley Conservation Authority: mvca.on.ca
- Ontario Family Fishing – ontarioamilyfishing.com
TOP 10 BENEFITS OF FISHING
- Full Body Strength – Battling even a small fish engages the shoulders, back, arms, core and legs.
- Family Bonding – Time with family promotes feelings of security and well-being.
- Boosts Immune System – The best source of vitamin D is a day outdoors under the sun.
- Promotes Relaxation – Time in nature with a focused task is akin to meditation.
- Improves Cardiovascular Health – Fishing burns an average of 200 calories an hour, depending on the kind of fishing you do.
- Teaches Self-Reliance – If you can fix a rod with just ingenuity, what else can you do on your own?
- Bestows Patience – Fishing puts your patience to practice.
- Encourages Travel – Fishers are among the most accomplished travelers on the planet.
- Enjoy The Great Outdoors – Fishing inspires a closer connection with nature and all creatures.
- Improves Balance – Reeling in a fish in a canoe requires balance, core strength and flexibility.