A Guide to Fishing in Toronto

Urban Lunker Hunting

I’ve been fishing since I was old enough to hold a rod and reel. My Dad worked for the Ministry Of Natural Resources for decades so I spent my summers camping and fishing at pretty much every provincial park in Ontario. My love of fishing has also what drives my fishing rap crew Fish On, the illest Lunker Hunters in the game.

When I moved to Toronto I wasn’t aware of how many quality fishing spots are located in and around the GTA. Here is a list of my top 5 spots located in the 6.

P.S. please make sure you fish with a valid Fishing License and practice catch and release.

Toronto Islands

We’re lucky enough to have the islands just a short ferry ride away from our downtown core. I usually hit the docks around dusk with a surface lure to try and catch some of the impressive Northern Pike and largemouth bass lurking in the harbors. Trout and perch are also worth throwing out a couple of casts for.

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Rouge River

Head up to Scarborough to the mouth of the Rouge River for aggressive Pike, Catfish and Bass. Artificial frogs and crayfish are great for largemouth Bass in the Rouge. There is also decent trout fishing in the fall from what I hear.


Tommy Thompson Park

You can get here on public transit but be ready for a bit of a walk to get to some decent fishing. The remarkable thing about this urban park is that it’s one of the few places where people have been know to catch Lake Trout from shore, a rare feat. Black Crappie, Pike and Bass are all worth fishing for here as well.

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Asbridges Bay

Another spot that’s easy to get to via the TTC is the bay. The diversity of species is pretty impressive at Ashbridges. Salmon, White Perch, Lake Trout and Rainbow Trout are all available in the bay. Try spinners or spoons here and see what you end up with!

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Humber Marsh

Another spot that showcases the diversity of our aquatic ecosystem in Toronto. Chinook salmon, Pike, Bass, Black Crappie and more can be caught at along the river in Mimico.

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