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Fishing in Port Colborne is an amazing experience. With access to Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River, Port Colborne offers beautiful scenery and excellent fishing. Well known for its trophy fish: trout, walleye and bass, the Upper Niagara River provides some of the best bass fishing from June to November.

Lake Erie, the smallest of the Great Lakes in volume, measures 241 miles across and 57 miles from north to south, with a depth of 62 feet. Because it warms rapidly in the spring and summer and freezes frequently in the winter, Lake Erie is the ideal location to catch perch, walleye and bass. Lake Erie is recognized as one of Ontario's best fishing spots for perch. Anglers have a variety of options, as walleye, salmon and trout are also thriving in Lake Erie.

Port Colborne's waterways are world renowned. Tournaments like Budweiser Can-Am Walleye Challenge and Bass Kayaking frequent these waters annually and big names like Bob Izumi also fish here.

Lakes and streams in local conservation areas, flooded quarries and farm ponds offer other opportunities for pike, Largemouth Bass, carp and Bullhead.

Fishing Charters

Contact Sugarloaf Marina for the complete list of fishing charter out of the marina. Each offers the exciting experience of fishing on the open waters of Lake Erie. Because these are professional charters, the operators know where the fish are, and ensure that you will have a great time.

Ice Fishing

Despite being so cold some of the greatest fishing in Port Colborne can be had in the winter. From January 1 to March 15, anglers can venture out on the ice (ice conditions permitting) and drop their lines for Yellow Perch, Lake Trout, tasty Whitefish and feisty Northern Pike.

Ice fishing in Gravelly Bay has long been popular, as well, Gravelly Bay is typically frozen for several months every winter.

Lake Erie Fishing Facts

  • Walleye range in size from 16 to 22 inches, with catch rates rivaling any country
  • Yellow Perch has been voted as the “tastiest table fish” and the most fun to catch
  • Lake Erie's Perch range in size to 7 to 12 inches
  • Smallmouth Bass are also known as “bronzebacks”


Fishing tournaments are a great opportunity to come and enjoy the waters off Port Colborne, cash some fish, and win prizes.

Information about upcoming tournaments can be found in the Events Calendar.

What you can Expect to Catch in Lake Erie

Lake Erie – cool water species – zone 19

Migratory Species – Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout & Lake Sturgeon

Resident Species – Pan Fish, Yellow Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Walleye, Carp, Muskellunge, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Fishwater Drum.