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Fish of Ontario

Ontario is known worldwide for its exceptional range and diversity of fishing experiences. While the province has more than 158 species of freshwater fish, it's these top picks that lure the most anglers.

Fish of Ontario

Brook & Lake Trout

Troll for brook and lake trout in big rivers, ponds, and lakes around Ontario. Shore fishing and wading is available, but boats and canoes provide better access to where the action is.


Though rare, muskie exceeding 70 pounds (31.8 kg) still roam our waters - so, in prime habitat, you never really know if you're going to experience a relaxing day of fishing or set a new world record.


Ontario's waters grow a variety of panfish, including, sunfish, bluegill, bullheads, rock bass, and more. They're the perfect summer fish for kids of all ages.

Northern Pike

Ontario has the finest northern pike fishing on the continent, with waters where ducklings are nervous and 30-pounders (13.6 kg) prowl.


Ontario's Great Lakes offer a remarkable sport fishery for a variety of warm and cold water fish.

Small & Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth bass can be found in thousands of Ontario's rivers, creeks, and lakes. Largemouth thrive in warmer waterbodies with shallow cover.


Anglers can find these prized game fish province-wide, from the Great Lakes to shallow cottage-country reservoirs, from deep, powerful rivers to the loneliest waters of the Canadian Shield.

Alternative Species

Besides well-known game fish, Ontario has a variety of other species that offer great sport, including carp, brown trout, catfish, freshwater drum, rainbow trout, sturgeon, and whitefish.