Fishing in the Hamilton and Burlington area is such a unique way to spend the day in nature. It’s a great family activity for kids and adults of all ages. Wondering where you can fish in and around Burlington and Hamilton? Turns out there are quite a few options for you to choose from, so grab your rod and reel and meet us at the water!
Do I need a fishing license to fish in Ontario?
Canadian residents over 18 years of age and international visitors, must purchase both an Outdoors Card AND a fishing license. The only exception is when purchasing a single day fishing license. Those under 18 and over 65 years of age, do not need a fishing license. Visit the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry website for more information or to purchase licenses: https://www.ontario.ca/page/fishing. They may also be purchased at a Service Ontario Centre, or in some retail outdoors/sporting shops.
where to fish in hamilton and the surrounding areas
- Day Use fees apply, or they can be included with your Hamilton Conservation Authority annual membership.
- Species: Pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish.
- Christie Lake is a fish sanctuary. Fishing is closed until the fourth Saturday in June annually.
- Bait: Available at the gatehouse during the summer months.
Address: 1000 Hwy 5 West, Dundas, ON Visit their website
- Day Use fees apply or admission is included with a Hamilton Conservation Authority annual membership.
- Species: Largemouth bass, pike, crappie, bluegill, perch, catfish and carp.
- Bait: Available at both stores during the summer months.
- Valens Lake is a fish sanctuary. Fishing is closed from April 1st to the fourth Saturday in June annually.
- Electric motor boats only, no gas motors permitted.
Address: 1691 Regional Road 97, Flamborough Visit their website
- Day Use fees apply, or included with your Hamilton Conservation Authority annual membership.
- Fishing available in the pond or in Lake Ontario. Please note that as of 2018, the pond at Fifty Point is no longer stocked.
- Bait available at the gatehouse during summer months.
Address: 1479 Baseline Road, Winona, ON Visit their website
Located at the outlet of Cootes Paradise Marsh, a short walk from Princess Point accessed along the Desjardins Trail. Its design keeps invasive Common Carp out of the marsh, but allows water and native fish to move between the two bodies of water.
PLEASE NOTE: due to COVID-19, the fishway is closed to the public until further notice.
With lots of access to the water’s edge, anglers of all ages and abilities enjoy fishing here.
Address: 200 Harbourfront Drive, Hamilton
Fishing Spots in Burlington, Campbellville and Carlisle
Follow Carlisle Road east from Highway 6 and turn right on Centre Road Park, entrance is on the right. Visit their website.
- Pumpkinseed (sunfish), creek chub and white sucker
- Northern pike and brown trout may be found in slow-moving waters
Located on the southwest corner of Guelph Line and Campbellville Road. Visit their website.
- Small pond with pumpkinseed, creek chub and white sucker
- Reservations are required to visit, and day use fees apply
- Largemouth bass that may tip the scales at more than 5 lbs
- The shallow weedy waters of the reservoir also include northern pike, black crappie, pumpkinseed and brown bullhead.
- Fish from shore or non-motorized boats.
Address: 2259 Millburough Line, Campbellville. Visit their website.
the best places to fish in oakville and milton
- Reservations are required to visit, and day use fees apply.
- Fish the reservoir for rainbow and brown trout, large and smallmouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch and pumpkinseed.
- Fish from the shore or a non-motorized boat.
- Downstream from the dam, adult rainbow trout (steelhead) can be caught through late spring.
Address: 5234 Kelso Road, Milton. Visit their website.
- Day Use fees apply, reservations required.
- Fish the reservoir from shore for largemouth bass which may exceed 5 lbs.
- No boating is allowed on the reservoir.
- Brook trout can be caught in the tributaries of Sixteen Mile Creek which flows through the park.
Address: 4985 Campbellville Road, Milton. Visit their website.
- NO reservations are required.
- An excellent venue for family fishing.
- A boardwalk at the south end of the pond provides access for physically challenged persons and picnic areas are available.
- Largemouth bass and pumpkinseed.
Address: #10025 First Line Nassagaweya, Milton. Visit their website.
- Day Use fees apply.
- You can access the creek easily by following Half Moon Valley Trail. Once there you may fish (in season) for Rainbow Trout, splake, steelhead and Pacific Salmon.
Address: 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville. Visit their website.