The Grand River and its tributaries offer world-class recreational fishing. Whether you're fly fishing for trout, trolling for walleye or dropping a line in search of catfish, you can find what you want in the rivers, streams and reservoirs of the Grand.
Best of all, great fishing is just minutes away for more than six million people in southern Ontario who can be on the river in under an hour.
The Grand River watershed includes swift coldwater trout streams, serene pastoral stretches filled with smallmouth, pike and walleye, and big river fishing for anything from rainbow trout to crappies. In fact, over half of the fish species in Canada are in the Grand River watershed.
Grand River Parks offer special events for all types of anglers. Check the Events Calendar for details.
Flows can change rapidly in the rivers and streams of the Grand River watershed. Anglers need to be aware of the changes because, as flows increase, the waterways can become dangerous.
To stay safe:
To find out current water levels, visit the River data section of the website.
All Ontario residents between 18 and 65 require a fishing licence. Go to the Ministry of Natural Resources website for details on how and where to buy licences.
You should also be familiar with provincial fishing regulations, which control seasons, catch limits and other matters. See the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources. The Grand River watershed is within Fisheries Management Zone 16.
Twice a year, Canadian residents can fish in Ontario without buying a licence:
For more information visit the Ministry of Natural Resources website.