Humber Bay is home to many different species and has multiple locations for fishing including, the marsh area located at the bottom of Mimico Creek, the boardwalk by the marina and the east section of the bay. Each location has great fishing opportunities with different ecosystems that attract and retain different types of fish all year round. Public washrooms and access by public transit is available along with pay parking in effect from May to October. Humber Bay has a boat launching area available as well.
Humber Bay marsh area is a perfect location for Pike fishing. Pike are commonly found around shallow weedy areas. The marina area is also a great spot for trying to catch a pike. They normally swim close to the top of the water looking for smaller fish to prey on. Around this area if you see or hear a violent splash in the water it is most likely a pike attacking a sunfish, bluegill or other small fish. Using spoons and spinners are great for catching pike. When casting keep the lure between one and two feet below the surface of the water as this is the optimal level for pike to strike and keeps it away from the bottom of the bay, reducing the chances of hooking on a log or rock. Minnow baits are also effective for catching pike and colour selection is important pending on the time of the year and how bright it is outside.
Sunfish are mostly located in the marina area and are great when fishing with children. Using worms on a jig or hook a few feet below a bobber will provide great fun and angling action. Be sure to use small hooks as sunfish have very small mouths and it will be very difficult to catch them with regular sized hooks. Sunfish are normally in large packs enclosed areas such as bays and marinas. They can be caught at any time of the day and are great for quick catch and release action. At Humber Bay look to fish close to docks and other shaded areas to land a sunfish.
There are black crappie in the Humber bay but they are very rare. There used to be abundant numbers of crappie’s in the Humber Bay but over fishing has caused them to be difficult to catch. If you catch a crappie it is better to release it back due to the few there are left. Crappie like to go after worms, artificial worms and small plastic crappie tubes.
Humber marsh has some of the best fishing for carp in all of Toronto. The majority are around the mouth of Mimico Creek. Anglers can easily see carp coming to the surface or the bubbles they make from the shoreline. These fish are bottom feeders so using a jig or hook and letting it sit on the bottom to land one. The bait to use is corn primarily. Carp love sweet corn so placing this on the hook and leaving it and being patient will increase your chances of catching a fifteen pound carp. Overall carp fishing at Humber Bay is one of the best in all of Toronto.
Chinook salmon can be caught from the shorelines in September. These fish will be found in large schools in deep pockets. Anglers have best luck using spoons, spinners and minnow baits. Trolling along the shoreline gives anglers a great opportunity to catch a trophy salmon. The salmon are seasonal but when the right time strikes in August, fishing at Humber Bay is incredible. Also brown trout have similar spawning habits to Chinook Salmon. They are also searching for a spawning area and will be in large schools in deeper pockets of water, but can still be reached from the shoreline.
This fish is occasionally caught at Humber Bay. Numbers have been declining due to the overfishing of these species. However they are still possible to catch. Anglers should use crayfish lures and jigs along the bottom when targeting a fresh waterdrum. Fresh waterdrum put up a good fight and are often mistaken for smallmouth bass the way they strike the lure.
Bass are possible at Humber bay but not very common. In the marsh areas are where anglers have the best luck tossing an artificial cray fish or frog near the many logs in the water. Small minnow baits will also be effective. Bass like weedy shallow areas that are covered from the sun. Tree shade that is covering the water is another spot that should be targeted. Live bait such as worms are also good especially for rock bass. Many of the bass take to the shoreline of Lake Ontario for spawning locations.