If you're in the Toronto area and want to try your angling luck off the beaten path, why not go fishing in Durham? This region offers equally good fishing opportunities as the provincial capital, only without the crowds. Add to that easy access to several excellent waterways like Lake Simco and Lake Scugog, and you’ve got a winning combo.
The ever-productive Lake Ontario is the most popular fishing destination with its abundant supplies of Chinook, Coho, and Atlantic Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Pike, and Walleye. Trolling for any of these species will probably result in an action-packed day on the water. In case you prefer fishing from the shore, you can expect lots of Bass, Carp, and Catfish.
When you’re in the mood for a change, head to Lake Simcoe, where you can get your fill of Perch, Whitefish, Lake Trout, and Walleye. Ice fishing action is particularly good, and anglers from all over the region flock here in the winter months. If you decide to give Lake Scugog a try, you can expect good amounts of Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, and Perch.
The good news is that wherever you go in the Durham region, there will probably be a professional guide to take you out. You’ll mostly find half day and full day expeditions, and some charters also offer shared trips, which are more affordable, but you’ll be sharing the boat with other people.
Some of the best locations to find a fishing charter include Whitby, Bowmanville, and Newcastle.
Rules & Regulations
Both resident and non-resident anglers need to have a fishing licence and an Outdoors Card before they start fishing. Bear in mind that you need to buy the Outdoors Card first, and then acquire the appropriate licence. If you plan on fishing for one day only, you don’t need an Outdoors Card, but you still need a special one-day fishing licence.