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Photo: F. Wondergem


Area communities are home to a range of fish species and the most diverse fish communities in the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority’s watershed. A Fishing & Paddling guide for Huron County is available from the Welcome Centre in Grand Bend.

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Fish a Great Lake

Head out onto Lake Huron with Blue Line Fishing Charters or Xtreme Watersports. Blue Line Fishing Charters run out of Grand Bend April to October and give you the opportunity to catch King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, and Walleye on one of two vessels that are fully equipped with top notch fishing tackle and electronics. Blue Line provides a professional fishing guide, Captain Fred Wondergem, who is fully certified by Transport Canada and has worked and fished in the Grand Bend area for 30 years.

Fish a Quiet River

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): Clear, still water is home to Panfish (Perch, Sunfish, Black Crappie), Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike.

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 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.

Handy Websites

  • Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority: abca.on.ca
  • Maitland Valley Conservation Authority: mvca.on.ca

Event Highlights

  • Morrison Dam Fishing Derby, Exeter – May 6, 2017
  • Family Fishing Derby, Benmiller – June 24, 2017
  • Family Fishing Week, Pinery Park – July 1-9, 2017
  • Joe Brandon Memorial Trout Derby, Bayfield – October 13-15, 2017

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