Fishing on the Bruce Peninsula

As long ago as 1850, there was an established commercial fishery around the Fishing Islands (Oliphant to Howdenvale) and the waters

Barrow Bay Fishing Derby

Barrow Bay Fishing Derby

between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island.

Commercial fishing has dwindled in recent decades, but sport fishing is still a favourite pastime.

Fishing for Salmon in Georgian Bay

Fishing for Salmon in Georgian Bay

It’s hard to catch anything on the Bruce without a boat. There are few spots left where you can cast a line – see the sidebar on this page.

You can fish from a boat (personal pleasure craft or with a charter boat and guide) in almost all the inland lakes and in the waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

Inland lakes carry an assortment of Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout and Pike. In the deeper water of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron you can find all of these species plus Salmon.

Inquire at the local tourist information office for a list of the fishing charter companies and boat rental places in the area.

You must have an Outdoors Card to fish. You can purchase one at several retail establishments or by phoning the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-800-387-7011.

The Government Dock at Colpoys Bay.

Above: the Government Dock at Colpoys Bay.
Below: the Rankin River bridge on Bruce Road 13.

Places You Can Fish From Shore

(Warnings: these are places you can cast your line into a metre or more of water — we make no promises that you’ll catch anything. Even though you probably won’t catch anything, you still need to buy a licence.)

There are three places on the Rankin River where bridges and docks offer fishing opportunities: the bridge on Red Bay Road, the bridge and boat launch on Bruce Road 13 (between Wiarton and Oliphant) and Rankin Bridge Road (see centrefold map).

You can fish from the Government Docks at:

• Wiarton

• Colpoys Bay

• Dyers Bay

• Stokes Bay

• Howdenvale

• Red Bay

• Oliphant

You can also fish from docks, wharves and harbour walls in Lion’s Head and Tobermory.


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