Ontario's Migratory Trout & Salmon Fly Fishing Rivers

Ontario is lucky to have a large number of fly fishing rivers and streams that host runs of migratory Salmon and Trout species. The tributaries of the Great Lakes are nurseries for Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and several species of Pacific Salmon. Atlantic salmon are now being re-introduced into several streams as well. There are many methods used to entice these mammoth trout and salmon species using flies. A good understanding the various species, run timing, necessary equipment among other things is essential if you plan to target migratory trout and salmon species.

 

The great lakes region of eastern Canada in Ontario has one of the largest populations of migratory fish species in north America. Each fall, Chinook, Coho and some Pink salmon make their way back up the streams from which they were born. Following the salmon, Brown and Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) make their way upstream as well to spawn in the cold tributaries of larger rivers. Rainbow trout move through the rivers from October to June, while the Pacific Salmon species are confined to a window from late August to early November.

Ontario Pacific Salmon Migration – The Great Lakes and their Tributaries

Lake Huron

Lake Huron is located in Southern Ontario and empties into Lake Erie via Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River. The main migratory fish species in Lake Huron can be considered to be Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon.

Lake Huron Tributaries

Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay is a large bay of Lake Huron. It is located in Southern Ontario. The main migratory fish species in Lake Huron can be considered to be Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon.

Georgian Bay Tributaries

Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario is located in Southern Ontario and empties into the St. Lawrence River. Atlantic Salmon populated the lake in great numbers before polluted water caused they’re extirpation in the early 1900’s. The main migratory fish species in Lake Ontario can be considered to be Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon. Efforts are currently being made to restore the lakes population of Atlantic Salmon.

Lake Ontario Tributaries

Lake Erie

Lake Erie is located in Southern Ontario and empties into Lake Ontario via the Niargara River which flows over Niagara Falls. The main migratory fish species in Lake Ontario can be considered to be Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon.

Lake Erie Tributaries

 

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