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Fishing

Men fishing on the Bowmanville Creek

Clarington boasts some of the best sport fishing on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

The Municipality of Clarington has four tributaries that offer first-rate trout and salmon fishing: Bowmanville Creek, Soper Creek, Wilmot Creek and Graham Greek. Clarington also has access to Lake Ontario via Port Darlington, and the Port of Newcastle.

Sport and recreational anglers from all over Ontario and parts of the United States come to Clarington each year in search of trophy trout or salmon. Numerous salmon over 30 pounds and trout over 10 pounds are caught each year by anglers fishing in Clarington's creeks.

View Clarington's Fishing Map (PDF) for a comprehensive map showing sport fishing locations, and the types of fish you can find at each location.

The open seasons for creek fishing vary throughout the year, so be sure to check 'Zone 17' in the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary. It will tell you when certain fish are in season and give limits to how many you can catch. Lake Ontario is under 'Zone 20' in the regulations guide, and is open season year round for many types of fish.

Keep in mind that everyone participating needs a fishing licence, with few exceptions. Check the Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary for a full list of regulations or stop by the Clarington Visitors Centre to pick up a hardcopy. On Licence Free Days, you will not need a fishing licence but Ontario Fishing Regulations and limits still apply. 

For more information about recreational fishing in Ontario, the rules, regulations and open season visit the Government of Ontario website or the Region of Durham Fishing website.

When you come fishing in Clarington, here are some of our tips to help make the most of your day:

 Grab Breakfast or Lunch on the Go
Clarington has many great downtowns that boast several coffee shops and places to grab a bite to eat. Whether you're looking for a coffee in the morningsome BBQ lunch, or a convenient homemade lunch box, it's easy to enjoy the tastes of Clarington without sacrificing your daily catch.
 Local Sports Shops
Forget something? No worries. Easthill Outdoors offers all kinds of fishing equipment to help you up your game. We also are home to Canadian Tire and Walmart, both of which offer tackle to help fit your needs.
 Make it a Meal
Round out your fish feast with some sides by visiting one of Clarington's Farmers' Markets, bakeries or breweries on your way home. Buy some locally grown producea sweet treat for dessert and something to wash it all down.
 Family Fun

Clarington has more to offer than just world class fishing. Bring your family and enjoy a weekend filled with adventure. Some of the great options available include: Treetop Trekking in Ganaraska, Farm Fresh Experiences, Courtice Flea Market and  A Country Driving Tour. Check our the Explore section of our website for more things to do in Clarington.

Accessible fishing location

A wheelchair accessible trail, the first of its kind in Durham Region, has been created at Bowmanville Creek. The trail, made of natural surface gravel, allows wheelchair-using adults and children a way to enjoy fishing. The project was initiated by the Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group, after a wheelchair-using fisherman requested an accessible spot for fishing in the area.

The accessible fishing spot is located along the creek, south of the Goodyear Dam and north of Spry Avenue. The location was chosen using data from studies that showed where fish congregate and should make for some great fishing. The area is large enough to accommodate several wheelchair-using anglers and their friends and will be enjoyed by not only Clarington residents, but also visitors, including groups such as the FishAbility Sports Club from Bewdley, Ontario.

Photos below: View of Bowmanville Creek from new accessible trail (left), New trail leading to accessible fishing spot (right)

Photo of new accessible fishing location Photo of new accessible trail

Bowmanville Fish Ladder

The Bowmanville Fish Ladder, located approximately 1 kilometre north of the Baseline Road parking lot on the Bowmanville Creek Trail, was built to help salmon reach their upstream spawning areas. You can visit the Bowmanville Creek Trail in the fall to see trout and salmon on their journey over the fish ladder. 

 

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