Fishing in South Georgian Bay
Fishing Gear & Basics
Gyles Sails & Marine in Thornbury has all the necessary items for you to have a smooth start to your fishing adventure. Walking distance to the mouth of the Beaver River, Gyles serves as a great starting location for easy fishing access.
Start out with the purchase of a fishing rod. There are different kinds of fishing rods on the market, different sizes, made of different materials, for different purposes. If you’re just a beginner, you’re going to want something simple, not too big and not to small. A medium action rod with a fast tip can be used in most situations.
The next important part of your fishing outfit is your reel. If you want a basic reel that does the trick and catches fish you can ask for a Spincast Reel (also known as a Closed Face reel). This will make things very easy for you and will avoid your line from being tangled. If you’d like to try something a bit more difficult, you can ask for a Spinning Reel (also known as a Open Face reel). This style is a bit more tricky but very helpful if you can figure it out.
The next step in preparing your gear is knowing what to use as tackle. Fish love live bait but the hard part is knowing what fish want. Earth worms work best for most fish. Your best bet is to ask someone with some fishing knowledge like the staff at Gyles.
How do you find the fish? Well, fish need oxygen just like you and me. If the water does not have sufficient oxygen, fish will not be able to live in it. What you’re looking for are waterfalls, fountains, turbulence (ripples, etc.) and brightly colored vegetation. Avoid pollution, sewage and decaying vegetation. Fishing takes lots of time and patience. Don’t be frustrated if you don’t succeed the first time. Practice makes perfect.
South Georgian Bay Fishing Charters and Tours
Family Fishing Adventure
Collingwood Adventure Voyages offers a 2-hour family fishing package geared for families with children. It’s the best and most economical way to get the family out fishing this summer, perfect for beginners. Fishing guides will assist and teach you the basics of fishing techniques. The 2-hour package includes all bait, tackle, rods and equipment. Choose a 4-hour charter fishing adventure and head out as a crew member aboard the largest vessel (40 feet) and fish for salmon and rainbow trout - an amazing experience and a great day out on the water. Available from May to October.
Collingwood Adventure Voyages
Fishing Charter, Meaford Harbour
Fishing & hunting licenses, live bait & fishing tackle available on the boat. Season starts April to October. You can catch salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout, skamania and brown trout. 4-hour, 6-hour and 8-hour charters available for 1 to 4 people.
U Catch'em Charters
Enjoy a half day (4 hrs) trolling with downriggers for salmon and beautiful silver rainbow trout in the clear waters of Southern Georgian Bay. You will have the assistance of an experienced fisherman and the Captain of the boat. But the fish you catch are yours. They will be cleaned and packed for your dinning pleasure.
Fly Fishing On the Beatty Saugeen
The best time to catch a few Brookies, Specs and Browns will be early in the season and early in the evening when there’s a hatch happening. There is also a good population of rainbows here on the Beatty Saugeen. This part of the stream is a sanctuary until June 1st so that’s opening day instead of the normal last Saturday in April. The fish tend to be pan sized although at the cabin there is a brown in the 5 pound class mounted on the wall. The quantity will depend on the weather and of course the fisherman but there is no denying that a day wading the stream in the open field and cedar bush can be its own reward under the watchful eye of deer, turkey and a abundance of water fowl.
Learn to Fly Fish
Tuesdays or Thursdays learn the techniques of fly casting. Equipment and lessons provided for a minimum 4 people
Family Fishing Charter
Bring the kids to experience salmon fishing on the open waters of Georgian bay. Equipment and introduction to downrigger fishing is provided. With the help of the Captain, each person can try their hand at the wheel. Duration 2.5 hours
Trout Pond Fishing
Enjoy ponds stocked with naturally fed brook, brown and rainbow trout, as well as a separate pond for large-mouth bass. Rainbow trout stocked is stocked regularly, brook and brown when available. This is a family facility aimed at providing a fun-filled fishing day for everyone. Open April through October to the public for trout pond fishing. No fishing license is needed, no limits, no season. You must bring your own fishing equipment.
Wilmer Trout Ponds
The Thornbury Fishway
Also known by visitors and locals as 'The Fish Ladder' the Thornbury Fishway is located in the heart of Thornbury and can be viewed from Highway 26 as you enter Thornbury from the East. The fishway is managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources. New this year, the Ministry has installed an underwater camera and sensor at the fishway to track the type and number of fishway, along with data on the peak times of fish passage through the fishway. This passive fishway consists of an open channel with a relatively natural appearance that also allows for excellent fish viewing opportunities. Rainbow trout and Chinook salmon are readily visible as they swim or jump over each of the steps and pass up through the pools of the main portion of the fishway. The new fishway retains the capability for fish capture, sampling as well as automatic counting to help monitor the health of the fish populations. (Note. Fishing is not permitted near the fish ladder.)