Be a Master Angler

Guy fishing in the sunset

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.

List of Area Providers

Grand Bend Parasail

Contact: Lee Marcoux
Location 82 Main St. W. Grand Bend ON N0M 1T0 Phone: 519-525-3596Website: www.grandbendparasail.com

Fish a Great Lake

Head out onto Lake Huron with Blue Line Fishing Charters or Grand Bend Fishing Charters, both run out of Grand Bend from April to October. Here you have the opportunity to catch King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, and Walleye on fully equipped vessels with top notch fishing tackle and electronics.

Fish a Quiet River

Fly Fitters (flyfitters.ca) offers guided fly fishing, spey fishing, and sport fishing adventures on the Maitland River, Bayfield River, and Saugeen River in SW Ontario, along the shore of Lake Huron, located near the town of Goderich, Ontario.

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

Event Highlights

  • Morrison Dam Fishing Derby, Exeter – May 5, 2018
  • Family Fishing Derby, Benmiller – June 23, 2018
  • Family Fishing Week, Pinery Park – June 30- July 8, 2018
  • Joe Brandon Memorial Trout Derby, Bayfield – October 12-14, 2018

See Festivals & Events for more events, dates, times and details.