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If you are interested in sport fishing, Port Colborne is the one place in Niagara you want to visit. With immediate access to Lake Erie and numerous smaller inland bodies of water, anglers can be assured of top-flight fishing - no matter what type of fish or fishing they prefer. Best of all, it is one of the few areas in the Golden Horseshoe where it is safe to eat what you catch!
Springtime runs on Lake Erie and Gravelly Bay include crappie, bluegill, catfish, perch and pike. Summer anglers look forward to the challenge of walleyes and small mouth bass.
Summer fishing tournaments include the 444 International Walleye Tournament. Sugarloaf Harbour Marina also hosts one-day derbies throughout the summer.
Lakes and streams in local conservation areas, flooded quarries and farm ponds offer other opportunities for pike, largemouth bass, carp and bullhead. If salmon and trout are tour passion, Lake Ontario and the Niagara River are only a 30-minute drive away. Ice fishing is also popular on local lakes and along the Lake Erie shore during winter months.
2016 Tournament Dates
This is a great opportunity to come and enjoy the waters off Port Colborne, catch some fish, and win prizes. For more information about these events, use the contact information provided below:
Port Colborne & District Conservation Club's Kid's Fishing Derby
HH Knoll Park
Free registration starts 8:00am, fishing until 10:30am, followed by awards & free lunch for kids. For kids aged 13 and under. Fishing is from shore and all fish are to be released. Bring a bucket. Free worms provided. Lots of great prizes, including the Barry Carr Memorial Trophy. H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park. For information call Kathy McQuire (905)835-2261.
The Annual 444 Walleye Tournament
Featuring Budweiser Big Fish Friday. In its 23rd year, the 444 international Walleye Tournament is one of the most popular fishing tournaments on Lake Erie. Organized by the Port Colborne & District Conservation Club, this is an exciting event for professional and amateur angles, as well as the public. With weigh-ins in HH Knoll-Lakeview Park, cash prizes, raffle draws, entertainment, and delicious food, a good time will be had by all. For more information, contact Florian Raby (905) 899-2232 and Registrar Contact: Kathy McQuire (905) 835-2261.
Port Colborne Fishing Guide
Hard copies are available throughout Port Colborne, including at these locations:
Port Colborne City Hall: 66 Charlotte Street
Humberstone Hall Visitor Information Centre: 76 Main Street West
Sugarloaf Harbour Marina: 3 Marina Road
Canadian Tire: 287 West Side Road
Erie Tracker Outfitters: 111 Killaly Street West
Is it Safe to Eat Fish from Lake Erie?
Fish from Lake Erie and Lake Huron are monitored by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the American Environmental Protection Agency. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency tests all commercial catches from Lake Erie.
Botulism is a resident bacteria in the Great Lakes that arrived about 10 years ago when ships from the Caspian Sea introduced exotic species, such as zebra mussels, into the St. Lawrence Seaway system. If climatic conditions are right, botulism can come up through the food chain and begin to have an impact on the ecosystem. For three consecutive years dead fish and birds have been found on beaches, mostly in the west end of Lake Erie. This has led researchers to suspect the presence of type E botulism.
Type E botulism effects bottom feeding fish species, such as Sheephead, Goby, Carp and Catfish. None of these species are caught and sold commercially. Lake Erie sport fish, Walleye and Perch, do not dwell at the bottom of the lake and do not eat zebra mussels.
It is the current position of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources that there is "no reason not to consume fish from Lake Erie." However, all fish should be fully cooked before consumption.
Below is a list of fishing charter services operating out of Port Colborne and the surrounding area. 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.
Fishmaster Ultimate Charters
Get It Wet Fishing Charters
On Line Charters
WM. G. Whitehead Charters