Fishing

Fishing

Northumberland is one of the most diverse and best places to fish in Southern Ontario. The county is surrounded by water making it the perfect angler's paradise. Fish for walleye, crappie (panfish), bass, carp, muskie (muskellunge), trout, salmon or pike; you won't go home empty handed. Whether you're chasing tournament bass, fly fishing for steelhead on the Ganaraska River, or trolling Lake Ontario, extend your stay and relax at a cottage rental or at one of our many welcoming accommodations

Large bass from Rice Lake Ontario

With Rice Lake to the north, Lake Ontario to the south, Ganaraska River to the west and the Trent River to the northeast, Northumberland County has no shortage of water! Salmon run in abundance in the fall up the Ganaraska, and in spring opening trout reels in beautiful looking fish.    

Spend the summer fishing walleye, bass, perch, sunfish and crappie on Rice Lake, or go for some muskie or carp. The Trent River (part of the Trent-Severn Waterway) has historically been a hot spot for fishing; many anglers enjoy casting from the bridge in Hastings or fish at one of the many conservation areas. Hastings was recently voted Best Fishing Town in Canada by the World Fishing Network (WFN).

Lake Ontario offers the best salmon fishing in the province; launch your boat in Port Hope to go for the big catch!  Every year, the Great Ontario Salmon Derby takes place from the second week of July until the end of August. A main weigh-in station is located at the Port Hope Marina. Also offered in Port Hope is a fish cleaning station. With approximately 20 000 participants in previous years, this tournament continues to be the largest in Ontario. This year try your luck and charter a boat with a captain's ticket for your chance to take home a winning fish.