Toronto has amazing fishing and ice fishing opportunities in the different bays, rivers and ponds in the Toronto area. Whether you are close to these areas or not, many of these are accessible via public transit. With some fish open year round, fishing is one of the best things to do in Toronto with great fishing action available without the need for a boat. A fishing license is not required for those under the age of eighteen years old or above the age of sixty four. Fishing is a great activity for kids to enjoy especially in highly populated bodies of water in Toronto. Some locations have very high populations of sunfish and bluegill such as Grenadier Pond, which makes more enjoyable fishing for children.
Fly fishing during certain seasons of the year can produce a trophy trout during peak seasons in certain rivers and streams. Trout travel upstream to search for spawning areas. At this time hundreds of trout travel from Lake Ontario and during their passage through these rivers. Anglers have most luck either fly fishing or using spinners and spoons. Brown trout, lake trout and rainbow trout are the most common fish to catch through the different rivers of Toronto.
Toronto has ten different great fishing locations that have great action for a majority of the year and some others like Frenchman’s Bay, where ice fishing is common where anglers search for a trophy walleye due to the hot water that is omitted from the Pickering powerplant. Select your desired fishing location above to find out more information about the types of fish that are in each location. Also fishing tips for what bait to use can be found in our Fishing Gear section.
Although Toronto does have amazing fishing opportunities, be sure to check and see which fish are open in each zone prior to fishing. It is important to follow the regulations to ensure together we can preserve the fishing in Toronto for years to come. To view which seasonal fish are open and the limits to keeping these fish please refer to the Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary.
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