Where Families can Fish in Toronto and the GTA
Fishing is not only a fun and classic summer outdoor family activity, it's a relaxing way for kids and parents or grandparents to spend quality quiet time together.
There are so many opportunities to fish in the GTA! Surrounded by water, kids can drop a line in myriad waterfront towns, beaches, local piers, boats, and parks. We've rounded up a few family-friendly fishing venues and events around the Greater Toronto Area where you can test your skills for hooking the catch of the day.
Here's are spots to fish and fishing events taking place this summer!
Learn to Fish - Family Fishing at Heart Lake Conservation Area
This summer, Heart Lake Conservation area is hosting a Learn to Fish program. This is a great opportunity to learn everything you need to know on having a safe and fun fishing experience. Over a two hour session, you will learn about fishing in Ontario and you might even catch one yourself. The program will help you get started; whether you want to take up a new hobby or help your children or grandchildren catch their first fish. All equipment is provided and it is free to participate. Admission fees to enter the conservation area do apply and advanced registration is required. Sessions run rain or shine, however they are subject to cancellation so check website for availability. Click here for the July schedule and click here for the August/September schedule.
2018 Island Lake Bass Derby hosted by Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
This two day catch and release Laregemouth Bass derby is hosted by the Friends of Island Lake as a fundraiser for Island Lake Conservation Area. The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 15 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with an after-party starting from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The park opens at 5:30am each day. Many prizes are available. Daily admission and boat launch is included in registration fees. More info
City Fishing in Toronto and the GTA
More than 50 public waterways in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) offer public fishing access. The City of Toronto offers fine fishing for brown and rainbow trout, and chinook, coho and Atlantic salmon. You can find them along the Lake Ontario waterfront at the Toronto Islands, a short ferry ride from downtown Toronto or from your own boat or a fishing charter. Fishing with young children? Improve your chances of "catching" instead of just "fishing.” You’ll find these plentiful, fun-to-catch species in many public ponds, rivers, marshes and lakes such as carp and catfish, sunfish, perch, black crappie and bass. Click here for more information on what you need to know and where you can fish in Toronto and the GTA.
Ontario Learn to Fish Program
The Learn to Fish program is a free, hands-on program that teaches new anglers how to fish in Ontario. It introduces kids, teens and adults to fishing. This fun and engaging two–hour program combines a practical teaching session with an hour of supervised hands–on fishing. Everything you need is included: fishing rod, reel and bait, a fishing licence to take part in the Learn to Fish program, lifejacket and sunglasses. The program is taught by experienced instructors focused on fish, fun and safety. More info
Fishing at Ontario Parks
Ontario Parks offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the world. Whether you are a seasoned expert, a first time fisher or somewhere in between you can find a great fishing experience in Ontario Parks. Boat launching facilities and trailer parking are available in many parks and can be accessed with a daily vehicle permit, seasonal permit or camping permit. If you are visiting a park and want to venture further from shore, canoe and other water craft rentals are available at more than 75 parks. More info
Burd's Trout Fishing in Stouffville
If you're looking for a place to fish that's relatively close to the city, try Burd's Trout Fishing in Stouffville, just north of Toronto. It offers fresh trout fishing. Bring a large blanket, a picnic and your gear, and enjoy a perfect day outdoors! If you don't have fishing gear, you can rent it on the premises. Best of all, no fishing licences are required. You now have all that you need for a fun fishing experience in a very picturesque surrounding. You pay for what you catch and fish are sold by the pound. More info
Don't forget to observe the rules! In public waters, fishing licenses are required for adults between 18 to 64 years, unless otherwise specified. For more information on Family Fishing in Ontario, visit: www.ontario.ca/page/family-and-youth-fishing.