Shore Fishing: Top 5 Spots in Southern Ontario


The Thames River flow is approximately 273 kilometres (170 miles) long, running westward through southwestern Ontario. It flows from the town of Tavistock, through the cities of Woodstock, London, and Chatham, making it an extremely popular shore fishing area. Since it is an extremely long river, there are many not-so-easily accessed and very scenic areas as well.

This popular river has Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Catfish, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed, White Sucker, Carp, Walleye and Northern Pike.

This may be the best opportunity for local “on foot” anglers to pack a lunch, set out for a day, and simply enjoy the great sport of fishing.

Some of the best city-access areas are Greenway and Harris Parks in London., as well as the Westminster Ponds (these even have fishing platforms). Live bait is always a good choice here; just make sure you are within the Ontario fishing regulations.


Surprisingly, the Toronto area has some of the best shore fishing in all of Ontario. The species list might be the most diverse of all on this list. Access can be hard in certain areas at times, but it is always well worth the effort to investigate.

One of the unsung heroes of areas set off of Lake Ontario is the Northern Pike. Almost every harbour has them and—if allowed access on foot—these Pike become very catchable. Here’s an episode we shot and although we used a boat, it shows just how many Pike can be in these not-so-obvious places.

The Toronto Islands are first to come to mind. A ferry ride to Center Island followed by a quick walkabout, and one can be fishing in no time. There are snack bars nearby with lots of picnic tables for a nice lunch while fishing. There are also trash receptacles spread throughout the island to help maintain a clean, litter-free environment.

Tommy Thompson Park is another great Toronto area shore fishing spot. It has one of the largest natural habitat areas along the waterfront. Great place for fishing and for the family.

High Park in Toronto has a great fishing area called Grenadier Pond. Be sure you look for the designated shore fishing spots.

Interested in Carp fishing in and near Toronto? Then this episode gives you an idea of the size of the fish there.

This is yet another Fish’n Canada Top 5 list that we put together with a lot of careful consideration. Again, there are many other shore fishing areas we left out that very well could have been included in this list. If you think we overlooked some exceptional shore fishing spots, or have suggestions for a follow-up list, please include them in a comment below!

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36 Replies to “Shore Fishing: Top 5 Spots in Southern Ontario”

  1. Here we go again, a fresh season is upon us as we turn the page to fish again, based to my condition which doesn’t make things easy ( Parkinson) still I’m going to give it another cast, I have schedule a trip to Lake Baker NB and Princeton Maine, also Lake Utopia NB and so on, I would love to fish in Ontario but its a long haul from here, we’re considering going to Milwaukee in S September and there’s great fishing too, Just like UFC announcer Bruce Buffer (IT’S TIME….)
    I wish I would be notified when the crew fish’n Canada tape a show here in my backyard if ever happen’s again, Thanks Henri Goguen

    1. Hey Henry, I heard Buffer say that again last weekend when the little dudes (my kind of guys) fought.
      Glad to hear you’re still hard core even with your condition. Hats off to you and best of luck this year.

  2. Road trip this summer ,we are going to try a few different lakes and hopefully The Thames River in London ,a long ways from New Brunswick , but should be fun, hope to run into you guys ,keep up the good work ,Love your Show
    Grant Brown Fairfield, New Brunswick.

  3. Growing up in Niagara Falls, the Niagara River was always my go to spot for shore fishin’ spot. Yup! It “shore” was a good ‘un. A plethora of fish species could be found anywhere along the confluence. Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Walleye Suckers and Carp among others.

    Throw in a hook with just about any type of bait or your favorite lure and you were guaranteed to catch something. The fishin’ contraptions I used as a kid were a testament to this fact. Case in point : The so called “Demented Pickerel Rig” I made out of two clothes hangers. It consisted of a spreader like technology at right angles, with four snelled hooks dangling off the four arms. It “shore”came in handy when up against the other anglers, who no doubt laughed at my invention.

    That’s were it all started Pete, when it came to making my own rigs. This store bought stuff is for amateurs.

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