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Fishing in Newcastle

The village of Newcastle, ON is easily overlooked by those who don’t know what’s waiting here. Located about 80 km (50 miles) east of Toronto, this historical settlement greets visitors with open arms, eager to share stories of its past. History buffs can delight in community-organized exhibitions and the Docville Wild West Park. Meanwhile, anglers can indulge in Lake Ontario’s renowned fishing scene. Here you can hook into several species of Salmon and Trout, just 2-24 km (1-15 miles) from shore. What’s more, the fishing charters Newcastle has to offer will let you make the most of these waters without flexing your wallet.

Newcastle Fishing Spots

Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario is the main attraction for anglers around here, accessible by the Port of Newcastle Marina. Early in spring, some of the best angling on Lake Ontario takes place to the west, at the mouth of the Niagara River. As summer approaches, Salmon and Trout move southeast toward New York, eventually returning north around June. It’s around this time that anglers in Newcastle manage to hook into the hottest action of the year, from mid June through mid September. During this time, you can catch Chinook, Coho, and Atlantic Salmon as well as Lake, Brown, and Rainbow Trout.

Outside of these seasons, things can grow pretty quiet on Lake Ontario. Charter boats stop running by December, as the lake begins to freeze over. For the hardy folk, this is hardly cause to put away their rods and reels; instead, it means the start of ice fishing season! You can also find great action in local streams and tributaries for Walleye and Trout.

Getting There: The Port Newcastle Marina is easily accessible by car, just a few minutes south of Hwy 401. The drive from Toronto takes a little more than an hour (or 3 ½ hours from Ottawa).

Bowmanville Creek

Adventurous anglers who don’t mind going it alone can make good use of Bowmanville Creek, just minutes away from the Newcastle Marina. In late summer, thousands of spawning Trout and Salmon make their way upstream, an event which draws curious spectators and anglers alike. Each year, anglers catch a number of Salmon weighing 14+ kg (30+ lbs) and Trout over 4.5 kg (10 lbs) in Bowmanville Creek and other small waters in the area.

Bowmanville Creek boasts a wheelchair accessible trail in the portion south of the Goodyear Dam and north of Spry Avenue. Open seasons for creek fishing are subject to change each year, so be sure to check ON regulations for “zone 17” ahead of time.

Getting There: Bowmanville Creek is a 10-15 minute drive west of Newcastle, via Hwy 401 W or Durham Regional Hwy 2. You’ll find two parking lots available, at the north and south ends of the creek. 

Rice Lake

Yet another place to cast your line are the abundant waters of Rice Lake. This shallow but fertile body of water offers fishing for Bass, Walleye, and Musky between June and November in addition to year-round opportunity for Bluegill, Sunfish, and Yellow Perch. Each year the Rice Lake Tourist Association hosts the Big Fish Contest, in which participants compete to land the biggest fish and showcase their catch.

Getting There: Rice Lake offers public access from launches in Roseneath and Bewdley. Just a half-hour drive from Newcastle, Bewdley offers the quickest access to these waters. 

Need to Know

Budget

Anglers on a budget will be glad to know the fishing charters Newcastle has in store offer some of the area’s most affordable rates. Trips range from 4-9 hours, depending on the charter operator. You can expect to pay CAD 350-550 for a trip that lasts 4-6 hours. Longer trips start at CAD 650 and can cost up to CAD 800 for a full day on the water.

Regulations

Anglers age 15 and older must purchase an Ontario fishing license. Open fishing seasons can change every year, so stay up to date before you go. Regulations for Salmon and Trout in local lakes and rivers may not be the same as those on Lake Ontario.

Techniques

Newcastle fishing techniques reflect the methods used by anglers throughout the Great Lakes. In general, you can expect to troll for Salmon and Trout Tusing downriggers, dipsy divers, or planer boards (depending on the season and other conditions).

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Newcastle Fishing Seasons

Average temperatures in Newcastle hover between -12 and -3°C at the start of the year. Eager and hardy anglers can make the most of Lake Ontario by ice fishing.

Many people won’t be pulling out their tackle for months, but those who do decide to drop a line below the ice can catch Trout and Walleye on some parts of the lake. 

Newcastle’s prime fishing season is still months away, but local creeks and lakes can be promising in early spring. Just make sure the fishing season is open before you head out! 

The ice is thawing and waters west of Newcastle are already growing crowded with anglers eager to catch Trout and Salmon. Average temperatures are creeping up to 5-10 °C.

The weather is heating up fast, ranging from 7-18°C. Head to the mouth of Niagara River for the hottest action on Lake Ontario so far this year! 

By mid month, many charter boats in Newcastle will be up and running. Now’s the time to come aboard and troll for Salmon and Trout.

The summer fishing season continues, with great catches on Lake Ontario as well Rice Lake. Walleye, Musky, Bass, Trout and Salmon—there’s no telling what you’ll reel in next!

In August, Bowmanville Creek receives thousands of Salmon and Trout as they make their way to the spawning grounds. If the season is open, this is a great opportunity for light tackle and fly anglers.

Halfway through the month, the fishing on Lake Ontario will lose its appeal as Trout and Salmon leave the waters surrounding Newcastle. Get out there and hook ‘em while you can!

By October, the height of Newcastle’s fishing season on Lake Ontario has passed. Some boats will keep running local trips, while others head east to Bay of Quinte for trophy Walleye.

When all else fails, cast your line in Rice Lake! Be sure to get in on the action this month before the season for Bass, Musky, and Walleye closes.

Come December, most of the anglers you’ll see are diehard enthusiasts out on the ice. Check out what holiday festivities the Clarington area has in store, or head to Toronto.

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Top Targeted Species in Newcastle

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Brown Trout

Brown Trout

Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Atlantic)

Salmon (Atlantic)

Lake Trout

Lake Trout