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Ontario's Great Lakes offer a remarkable sport fishery for a variety of warm and cold water fish. Stocking that was done in the late 1970’s in the Great Lakes is still paying off today for salmon. Ontario’s extended and in some cases, year-round seasons make salmon fishing fantastic for non-boating anglers seeking their catch in rivers. Salmon tend to gather at the mouths of rivers in late summer and early fall before their migration up stream. Once their migration begins, these inflowing streams are filled with salmon.
There are more spectacular boat-fishing opportunities for trophy chinook and coho salmon in Lake Ontario and Lake Huron than anywhere else in the province. Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, has water that is clear, cold and deep; the perfect setting for salmon and the St. Mary’s River Rapids that link Lake Superior to Lake Huron is a bucket list trip for fly and gear anglers as this body of water has chinooks, coho, Atlantics, pinks and steelhead. In the fall and spring, these remarkable fish can usually be found in warmer near-shore areas, in rivers, around harbours, and off sandy and gravelly windward shorelines. But in the summer they disperse into the cooler deeper waters.
Trolling in a zigzag pattern will increase your success rate significantly. The lure's dropping action on wide sweeps, combined with the lifting and darting motion when the line straightens, is a great fish seducer. Salmon take a variety of lures including spoons, streamer flies, wobbling plugs, spinners, and cut-bait in holders. Spawn sacs and egg imitations also account for many salmon at river mouths and in rivers.
Ontario's record catch
Average sizes: Chinooks 10 to 30 lbs (4.5 to 13.6 kg)
Temperature and habitat: Chinook and coho 50 to 55°F (10 to 12.7°C)
Biology: Spawning runs in the Great Lakes from early September to November.
Range: All of Ontario's Great Lakes.
Ontario’s Best Salmon Fishing — premier fishing opportunities in Lake Huron and Lake Ontario.
Best Salmon in Northern Ontario — great salmon to catch in Northeastern Ontario.