Fishing

There are many excellent fishing spots across the GTA, along the northwest shore of Lake Ontario and at various TRCA conservation areas. View a map.

We have great fishing opportunities for all kinds of fishing enthusiasts. Just select your skill level to find information that will help you catch the big one.

Please help ensure the protection of fisheries, wildlife, and enjoyment by other users. Learn about responsible fishing.

BEGINNER FISHING

TRCA offers the easiest way to learn how to fish!

At Glen Haffy and Heart Lake Conservation Areas, we stock our fishing ponds and lake with rainbow trout raised from TRCA’s own fish hatchery, located at Glen Haffy Conservation Area.

Also great for beginners … you do not need a fishing license at Glen Haffy Conservation Area. Just show up, cast your line, and try your luck!  We can provide equipment rentals, bait, and fishing tips.

Experienced anglers are also welcome at these parks — but please respect the posted catch limits and bait policy.

Parks are open for fishing from April 26 to October 13, 2016.

fishing_at_glen_haffy_trout_ponds Fishing at Heart Lake Conservation Area
Glen Haffy Conservation Area
19245 Airport Rd
(9 km north of Caledon East)
Open April 26 – October 13
GET DIRECTIONS
Heart Lake Conservation Area
10818 Heart Lake Rd
(3 km north of Hwy 7)
Open April 26 – October 13
GET DIRECTIONS

TRCA Bait Policy

TRCA has adopted a NO LIVE BAIT policy at all of our conservation areas. Invasive species, which are commonly transported in bait buckets, enter lakes when people dump their left-over bait and water. Once unwanted species enter water systems, they aggressively compete with native species for food and habitat.

Please help us in our continuing effort to be free of invasive species and provide a great fishing experience for years to come. For more information about the threat of invasive species, please visit www.invadingspecies.com or www.ontario.ca/ministry-natural-resources-and-forestry.

The following baits are permitted in TRCA conservation areas:

• Worms
• Artificial lures


Family Fishing Week

The Province of Ontario offers two weeks each year to allow anglers without licenses to get outside and try their luck through their Family Fishing Week programs.

Family fishing day at Heart Lake Conservation Area

Every February and July, you are free to enjoy the benefits of an Ontario Sport Fishing License without the need to pay the annual fee. The next licence-free period is February 18-20, 2017. Don’t miss out!

Learn more about License-Free Family Fishing.

INTERMEDIATE FISHING

You’ve fished before — but maybe you’re rusty, or you’ve only been at it a year or two. The Greater Toronto Area offers all kinds of ways to get outside fishing!

If you don’t have a license and just want to try your luck, check out Glen Haffy Conservation area, one of TRCA’s two stocked fishing locations.

Fishing at TRCA parks

Better yet, get a license and check out some of the great spots along the northwest shore of Lake Ontario and around the Toronto Area. We’ve set up a map to help you get the most out of your day. View our Fishing Spot Map.

EXPERT FISHING

Find a spot on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario and in our conservation areas.

Click on a fishing spot below to see details about the location.

 

Join the Glen Haffy Fly Fishing Club

Fly fishing at Glen Haffy Conservation Area

Members enjoy access to the private, gated Headwaters Trout Ponds, six days a week. Facilities include stocked ponds, row boats, docks and a log cabin.
LEARN MORE.

Guide to Eating Ontario Fish

Guide to Eating Ontario Fish 2015 to 2016The Guide to Eating Ontario Fish is a must read for the avid angler. Containing more than just information about health safety, this guide details 2,370 locations across Ontario and provides information on all the different fish species you can find in the thousands of water bodies across the Province. View and Download the digital version of The Guide to Eating Ontario Sport

How we contribute to better fishing

TRCA works with many partners on a wide range of projects that contribute to healthier fish populations and opportunities for recreational fishing.

  • Fisheries Monitoring – Find out how our monitoring contributes to programs and services that support fish and their habitat
  • Restoring Fish Habitat – Learn about projects that are helping improve the quality of fish habitat
  • Urban Recreational Fishing Strategy – See more about fishing along the northwest shore of Lake Ontario and opportunities to enhance recreational fishing
  • Fishing Code of Conduct – Please help ensure the protection of fisheries, wildlife, and enjoyment by other users by fishing responsibly.

Find Fishing at these Locations