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- In the spring, after the ice is out, you can catch brown
trout and lake trout casting from the rocks at the points on either side of the boat
launch ramps and directly across from the ramps. Later in the spring, and thru summer and
fall, the best fishing is offshore from a boat using downriggers when you can catch
chinook and coho salmon, and steelhead.
- This is a popular spot for Brown Trout in the fall, either
casting Cleo's from the docks or rocks, or with floating roe sacs or marshmallows on the
bottom in the bay.
- A good area for large carp during the summer. Use standard
techniques (dough balls fished on the bottom).
- Try for pike at the east end of the park. But it's
unpredictable. You'll either have a great day or a total skunking.
- Sanctuaries (frrom the 97 regulations).
From the lake to Hwy 2 open all year, Hwy 2 to the unopened road allowance at Rebecca St
closed all year; this is a SANCTUARY. Rebecca to hwy 5, the season for trout is closed
until Apr 26, it is not a sanctuary. Hwy 5 to the C.P.R. tracks in the village of
Progreston it is a SANCTUARY, no fishing of any kind is allowed.
- The creek runs from Lake Ontario in Oakville northwards.
Easy access is at the Petro Canada park in Oakville, the QEW at Bronte road, highway 5 at
Appleby Line or in Lowville Park in Lowville.
- You travel a kilometer or two from the Tim Hortons and
Palermo variety store plaza. You will arrive at a bridge over the creek, immediately to
your right is a small dirt parking lot, big enough for a few cars. It's only a short walk
down a dirt hill path.
- There's a stretch of Brown Trout water accessible from
Brittania Rd. and Blind Line via the Bruce Trail. A beautiful walk (lotsa bugs), and some
decent fish at the end of it all. (Brittania Rd. is just south of Lowville off Guelph
- Bronte in its Open Fall section near the QEW can be good
also in the late fall, a couple days after a good rain. Its a good second choice when the
Credit R. crowds get too big.
- Credit River Regulations. Lower River: 2
areas open for Trout (i.e. Steelhead) all year are below QEW to Lake Ontario and Erindale
Park between Dundas and Burnhamthorpe. Between QEW and Dundas, and from Burnhamthorpe to
Britannia have very short seasons, so it's best to avoid these stretches and give the fish
half a chance. Upper River: From No.5 Sideroad up above 1st Line is a special regulations
area managed by TU. Barbless single hooks, artificial/non-organic bait, release all trout
below 20". Anywhere else is trespassing (and could jeopardize future access for
everybody else). From below 2nd Line to above Forks of the Credit Rd. is private property,
and the old deeds here include the river bottom! Along the Forks of the Credit Rd. is
"normal", but from the Forks of the Credit Park entrance up to Hwy. 24 is
special regs. Same as TU section (except for the trespassing part). Check the regs before
stepping out, as they change often enough.
- Forks of the Credit. The turn off is called
(oddly enough) "The Forks of the Credit Rd". The hill is the Niagara Escarpment,
and you'll be just South of the village of Caledon. Proceed (with due caution) along the
Forks Rd. about 3 or 4 km until you start seeing the river on your right, and some big-ish
houses/cottages on the left. You can park on the shoulders, where it hasn't been
signed(!). If you walk up to the old iron bridge that crosses the river, you'll be at
Dominion St. Look upstream a few dozen metres and you'll see the actual Forks, where the
East and West branches of the Credit meet. The East Branch is the branch that comes down
from Orangeville, past Alton and Cataract (where it is now officially in the Forks of the
Credit Provincial Park), over the falls (aka Cataract) and through the lower section
behind Brimstone. This is the branch that receives the most pressure from anglers, but
please note the Special Regs for this area. The West Branch is less fished. It is the
little river that eventually flows through the Belfountain Conservation Area, before
dropping over the same escarpment. From the Dominion St. bridge, you can go up the hill
and the entrance to the C.A. is on your left.
- Clay banks, aka "the shalebanks"
are in Erindale, about halfway up between Dundas Street and Burnhampthorpe. Just follow
the walkway North and you'll eventually see several paths going into the woods toward the
river. There's a turn in the river which cuts into a shale cliff. There's a similar spot
right next to the Hwy 403 overpass ( further north ), but that is only open during the
reular trout season.
- The Ice Breaker is in Erindale Park
upstream from Dundas. You can't miss it as it is a concrete structure built across the
river. The Wire Basket is upstream from the claybanks in Erindale Park. It is about
halfway between Dundas and Burnhamthorpe. The path follows close to the river at this pool
and there are wire baskets to stabilize the bank at this pool.
- Clay banks are just above the 2nd foot
bridge beside the wild life pond. There is a steep clay wall on the left hand side.
- Falling Rocks. It is about 3/4 of the way
from the Erindale parking lot to Burnamthorpe, or 1/4 of the way from Burnamthorpe.
- There are lots of good places to fishthe Credit once the
season opens during open season. One spot I like to keep an eye on is the big pool just
north of the 403 (there's a pole line that crosses Mississauga Rd at that point & cars
parked on the side of the road). As well, the stretch below the Streetsville dam is
usually productive: lots of deeper rapids.
- Park on the Forks Rd., walk up through Brimstone into the
park, to the "Meadow". (It's obvious when you get there.) Upstream looks
promising, but I've done best downstream.
- To fish the Streetsville dam area, you have to park at
Barbertown Rd. off of Mississauga Rd, and walk upstream to the dam as private property
exists all the way up on the west side. Just turn right at Barbertown and follow it all
the way down to the end at the river near a plant and railway tracks.
- You can fish north of Memorial park in the town of
Streetsville, but not to the south of Memorial Park, which is where the Rieds dam is. The
sanctuary is in two sections: one is Railway bridge north of Lakeshore Blvd to Dundas
street bridge at Erindale park. The other is North of the Burnamthorpe Bridge to north
of Memorial Park in the town of Streetsville. From there up it's clear.
- The area between dundas and burnamthorpe is known as
Erindale park. You can get there by taking Mississuaga road south until you reach Dundas
and then take a right. Erindale's entrance is just after the bridge and you take a left
into the entrance. No fee to enter. Year long fishing for all species.
- Belfountain. Small trout, mostly.
Mostly Browns. You can use bait, as long as you are not in the Forks of the Credit Park
(or the other special regs section downstream). Small worms like Red Wigglers would
be better than Jumbo Night Crawlers. There are lots of picnic areas. A great place is the
Belfountain Conservation Area. Try fishing the West Branch of the Credit which flows
through the C.A.
- I generally fish the golf course area. That's on Church
street, between the CN line and Bayly. Another spot is south of Bayly. Park in the
fisherman's parking lot on the west side of Westney Road, just south of Bayly.
- Go south on Westney Rd. past Bayly to the angler
parking on the west side. Follow the trail southwest along the river.
- Duffins from 401 Exit offf at Westney and go south. Turn
right at Bayly Road and the river is a little further down. Park on a side road on the
left just before the bridge.
- You'll find good pike and carp fishing here. You
can park at the foot of Liverpool road and fish from the shore on the west side of the
road or put in a boat in the inland pool.
- The water in the inner pond remains open all winter. Fish
with live minnows then.
- The bay is a good spot for spring pike.
- In spring, you'll find a good run of suckers as far upstream
as the waterfall just upstream of Scarborough College, and the occasional rainbow as far
upstream as Old Kingston Road.
- Check it in the fall when water is up for salmon and
- Etienne Brule park. There is a Parking lot
there, and one for the old mill restaurant, On the old Mill side you can park right next
to the falls.
Please note that it is illegal to fish for 25 metres below the dam.
The area is posted; please respect the law and don't fish directly
below the dam.
I fish the whole stretch right down to the
- Take the subway to Old Mill (of all places) -- walk downhill
past the restaurant. The river's right there. The dam's about 200 yards north of the
Lakeview Generating Station
- Lakeview (four sisters) is a very reliable place to catch
some trout. You may catch a few surprises as well. You can fish there year round.
- Lakeview is open year round. Cast lures, float roe off the
bottom or use floats with salted minnows for browns. Carp and the occasional pike on
the inside, and browns out at the gap.
Leslie Street Spit
- The Leslie Spit is located in near downtown Toronto. Leslie
St and Lakeshore Blvd (Lake Ontario). You can get there from Hamilton by taking the QEW.
When you get to Leslie St. drive south on Leslie until the end. You will only be able to
go so far before reaching the water and marina.
- The inner lagoon of the Leslie St. spit consistently
produces big pike (18 lb+) during the week after ice-out. Either launch a small boat at
Cherry Beach (best) or walk out on the trail at the bottom of Leslie St. My best success
has been fishing the south facing shore of the lagoon (1-3 ft. deep) with large jerk
- Lynde Creek has a small run of rainbows, but there is not
much fishable water open to the public. It can be accessed off Bayly Street south of the
401 at the Lynde Shores Conservation Area where you can put in a canoe. It's tough to go
north from Bayly as it's closed to foot traffic and there are quite a lot of beaver dams
to get the canoe over. Plus, it's hardly worth the effort compared to Duffins.
- There is a modest rainbow run usually around the first week
in April but not nearly as heavy as Oshawa creek or Duffins. You might see the occasional
chinook in the fall. The first pool just a few hundred feet south of highway #2 (just
behind the Coffee Time shop) used to hold quite a few spring rainbows.
- Lynde Marsh holds good pike, but almost all the good access
points have been closed off. You can put in a canoe at the conservation area and fish
towards the lake.
- Go to Simcoe rd. and go south There are many good holes open
all year round down there. One of my personal favs are at Thomas St. Go West on Thomas
which is off of Simcoe. Just before you hit the bridge over the river there is a spot to
park. Go south along the river for about a five minute walk. You'll find a nice pool. It
is usually full of fish but it is always full of logs and usually full of fishermen.
another spot is closer to Bloor off of Simcoe. Take the first right after going under the
tracks. This street will take you to erie park. Park along the street and walk down. There
is a nice hole right under the cliff (near the culvert).
- From Toronto, take 401 East to Simcoe Street. Get off on
Bloor, there is a parking lot at the off exit. You can park there and fish upstream and
downstream. Bowmanville travel 401 East to Waverly Rd. Follow Waverly road to you past a
school, Turn down a road called Roenick, Half way down the hiil before Hwy 2 turn into the
- To get there take 401 east to #2 Simcoe St. South on Simcoe
to Whiting Rd. turn right and you are there. It's open from Hwy 2 to Lake Ontario. There
is one sanctuary that is posted.
Pickering Power Station
At the foot of Liverpool Road, about a hundred feet or so
before you hit the beach, is a bridge and a parking lot on the east side of the road just
north of the inland pond. It is quite possible to unload a boat from a trailer there--no
charge. It's a bit shallow at first, going under the bridge toward Frenchmans Bay, but
once clear of the bridge you can drop the motor fully. Then go straight west and out
through the channel to the lake. Caution: the swells can be pretty big going out the
channel. Or you can put your boat in right on the beach.
- For steelhead, go to the Glen Rouge parking lot on the north
side of Hwy 2 east of Port Union road. Follow the trail to the river south of the Hwy 2
- For warm water fish, try the mouth. It's at the end of
Lawrence Ave. in Scarborough. An excellent spot for bullhead, carp and perch. Fish in
either the river itself or in the marsh. Best bait is a dew worm fished on the bottom. For
bullhead and carp, evening and night time is prime.
To fish the dam area, park at Barbertown Rd.
off Mississauga Rd, and walk upstream to the dam as private property exists all the
way up on the west side. Turn right at Barbertown and follow it all the way down to the
end at the river near a plant and railway tracks.
Too Good Pond
It's supposed to hold Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass,
Pumpkinseed Sunfish and White Suckers.
- Bass. You will find bass in the weed beds,
as well as various panfish. There are lots of big carp in all the canals.
- Carp. Pretty well all the canals and ponds
on the islands hold carp. The canals at Hanlan's Point are probably your best bet. Take
the ferry over to Hanlan's, walk a hundred yards or so and start fishing.
- Pike. Take the Centre Island ferry over.
Walk south past the entrance to the amusement park and restaurant, past the swan rides
until you reach a white bridge. Cross the bridge and walk west along the water's edge. You
can begin fishing from there. Most of the canals west of the bridge will have pike
cruising around. Keep in mind when you're fishing early in the year that these fish
are either prespawn, spawning or post spawn fish, so although the regs permit you to keep
some fish, it would be wise to release them, especially if they look "fat" with
eggs. Slower moving baits seem to work best early in the year. #4 and 5 Mepps Aglia
spinners are popular, but also try either a slowly worked white plastic worm rigged with a
long shank 1/8 or 1/4 oz. jighead, hook exposed, or a Bo-Liz pork bait rigged with a
weedless lightning strike hook, no weight (yellow or white). The spinners are good for
covering areas fast until you hit a fish, then switch to the slower moving baits to really
cover the area well. Also try Red Devils, spinnerbaits, Bluefox Vibrax in #4 or #5 or
Sluggo type baits.
- Pike. Try the lagoons around Wards Island
with slow moving lures such as 7 1/2" black plastic worms with a 1/16 ounce slip
sinker or even better, big gaudy pike streamers or divers on a fly rod for a really slow
retrieve. The fish won't chase very often early in the spring. Try to get over there
before the fish spawn and again after they are done for the best fishing.
- Pike. You'll find good pike fishing usually
during the first two weeks in April ( immediately after iceout). Take the ferry to
Centre Island and walk west towards the nature school and trout pond. Fish the canals and
bays with #4 and 5 Mepps spinners or slow moving "Bo Liz" pork rinds rigged with
a 4\0 weedless hooks. Cast as you slowly walk the area. Warm sunny days with a slight
breeze are best because this warms the water and stimulates the pike to move and look for
spawning areas. Fish size usually ranges between 3 and 12 lbs.
- Pike. Try live minnows (3-6 inches) under a
float. You may want to add a steel leader. Best bets are usualy shallow back bays with
visable signs of weed growth. Present your bait as close to the weeds as possible.
- The marina at the foot of the Spadina Ave. Lots of
fair size pike. Use yellow hairpin spinnerbaits (bring a few).
- For pike, try the weed flat at the Cinesphere. At the
marina, the water is deeper and there are large weeds which are about 5 feet below the
- You'll find big carp all along the downtown waterfront; they
stay pretty close to the harbour walls.