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Fishing in Southern Georgian Bay

Posted by Admin on May 3, 2021


Fishing in Southern Georgian Bay is special because we enjoy a variety of fishing landscapes. No matter which type of freshwater angler you are, there is a picture-perfect place to go. Explore the Blue Mountains, Clearview, Collingwood, Meaford and Wasaga Beach.From rivers and streams to Georgian Bay.  The best time of year for fishing is based on your favourite type of fishing and species.  In the spring the river banks are spotted with float and fly anglers trying their luck with Trout. In the summer the deep waters of Georgian Bay are full of boat downrigging for Salmon, while in the shallower waters Small Mouth Bass and Northern Pike are sought by small boats and kayak anglers alike. Fall fishing for salmon running and feeding for their journey upstream.  When winter hits and the water freezes over it’s time for ice fishing.

Top 7 Fishing Spots in South Georgian Bay

  1. Meaford Harbour: Cast your line into the clear waters of Georgian Bay
  2. Bighead River: The river flows through Meaford and is accessible at Legion Park or the Trout Hollow Trail
  3. Mad River: The river runs through Glen Huron and Creemore
  4. The Noisy River: This river branches off of Mad River near Creemore
  5. Pretty River: The river runs from Collingwood into Nottawasaga and Osprey
  6. Beaver River: This is a popular spot for fishing in Thornbury
  7. Collingwood Harbour: Cast your line along the boardwalk into the waters of Georgian Bay

Key Fishing Season Dates

  • Trout Season:  Brook Brown and Rainbow trout 4th Saturday in April to September 30th
  • Bass Season: Large Mouth and Smallmouth 4th Saturday in June to November 30th
  • Pike season: January 1st to March 31 / 2nd Saturday in May to December 31st
  • Musky Season: 1St Saturday in June to December 15th


How to get your first Outdoors Card and buy a fishing licence.

Four times a year, Canadian residents can fish in Ontario without buying a fishing licence, during:

  • Family Fishing Weekend in February
  • Mother’s Day Weekend in May
  • Father’s Day Weekend in June
  • Family Fishing Week in July


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