Fishing in Port Hope
The Municipality of Port Hope offers some of the most diverse year-round fishing opportunities in Ontario. Anglers can fly fish in the quiet, clean, cold waters of the Ganaraska River that runs through the heart of town, emptying into Lake Ontario. This majestic river offers some of the best trout and salmon fishing in the province and draws people from great distances to fish the spectacular trout and salmon runs that occur in the spring and fall.
The Ganaraska River Fishway, better known locally as the fish ladder, is operated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and local volunteers. In April up to 8,000 migratory Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) make the run upstream to spawn. Staging and spawning also takes place in the riverbed below the ladder. Fishing is excellent from the beginning of May to the end of July. Mid-Summer will see many species entering the river, including Pike, Walleye, Perch, Catfish, Smallmouth Bass and Freshwater Drum.
September will start to show the immense Chinook Salmon. These fish will achieve sizes of 30 to 40 pounds. A trip to the fish ladder is always magical to watch the power of these majestic creatures as they jump the ladder. Mixed in with this run you may see silvery Coho Salmon and migratory Brown Trout in their vibrant spawning colours.
The Port Hope Conservation Area is a popular fishing place just north of the Hwy. 401 Bridge. Other good spots to try are Gages Creek at the east end of town, Sylvan Glen Conservation Area, north of town, and the pond at the Garden Hill Conservation Area. All provide excellent fishing opportunities.
Lake Ontario has a year-round fishery. The mouth of the Ganaraska River in town offers shore fishing in the winter. In the summer months there are numerous charter boat operators who will take eager anglers to the open water.
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. It is advised to check the annual Fishing Regulations Summary available at license issuers, bait shops, marinas, and MNR offices.
For more information call 1-800-667-1940. Fishing regulations on the Ganaraska River are enforced by Ministry of Natural Resources Conservation Officers.
Click here to view a fishing map of the Ganaraska River in Port Hope.
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