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Fishing at Port Dalhousie

Large Left Image: Fishers in the Marina channel (Gillian Greenall); Top Right Image: Brown Trout (John Vaulk); Mid Right Image: steelhead (John Vaulk); Bottom Right Image: Anglers along the walkway (Gillian Greenall).

General Information


Port Dalhousie is a great location for family fun and entertainment. While you may want to fish, your friend or partner may want to shop or dine; Port Dalhousie has a perfect balance for everyone! Port Dalhousie is known for its small town attractions; restaurants, bars, entertainment, Lakeside Park (The Lakeside Park commemorated in song by the  famous band RUSH), and the beautiful beach.  Port Dalhousie is a great location to fish all year. You can easily access the docks and water by boat, walking, running, or cycling. Most anglers enjoy fishing the river on the docks.
The Port Dalhousie Pier Marina is approximately 9 miles west of the Niagara River, and considered to be "one of the premier and most popular marinas on the south shore of Lake Ontario" (PDPM). The location offers a breathtaking view of Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Port Dalhousie. The marina is only a few minutes away from the world renowned wineries, theaters, night life and historical attributes of the Niagara Region.


When fishing you can expect to catch the following species below Port Dalhousie Dam: Migratory Species- Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Lake trout.


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Hours of Operation

Port Dalhousie Pier Marina is open during open water season with varied hours of operation throughout the summer. Hours depend on season and scope of work.


 From Toronto
1) Take exit 51 for Seventh Street/ County Road -34                       
2) Turn Left at 7th Louth Street (Signs for County Rd-34/ Seventh St. N) 
3) Turn Right at Lakeshore 
4)) Continue onto Main Street                                            
5) Arrive Downtown Port Dalhousie         
From Niagara Falls
1) Take Exit 48 for Martindale Rd towards County Rd-38                        
2) Turn Left at Martindale Rd (Signs for County Rd-38/ Martindale Rd) 
3) Turn Right at Main Street
Arrive Downtown Port Dalhousie


Please refer to The Ministry of Natural Resources to review current laws, regulations and restrictions on fishing times as well as locations. Please be advised that there is no fishing within the walls of the harbour during the open water season due to boat traffic. It is not recommended for fly fisherpersons to wade into the water - due to boat traffic and swimmers.
All anglers must posess a fishing license.
Please note: it is against the law to toss fish over the dam. The environment above the dam is not suitable for fish to survive.




Lakeside Park: From 1901 until the 1950s, Lakeside Park was a popular tourist attraction known for its beach, waterslide, carousel, dance pavilion and midway rides. The beach at Lakeside Park is now a favorite summer fun spot for residents and visitors alike, and during the warm months, snack bar and restroom facilities are open to the public. Least we forget the famous RUSH song 'Lakeside Park' was inspired by the bands love for this park as they were local residents years ago. 
Lakeside Park Carousel:
This historic masterpiece was hand carved by the Charles I.D. Looff Company between 1898 and 1905. The carousel came to St. Catharines in 1921 when it was purchased to become a part of the Port Dalhousie amusement park. It is a Coney Island style carousel with 68 carved animals, 4 chariots and a functioning band organ. For operating hours and/or historic tours click here.
Port Dalhousie Lighthouse:
The lighthouse was built in 1898 at the entrance of the third Welland Canal to replace an earlier one destroyed by fire. The four storey structure tapering to a height of 52 feet is topped with an ornate cornice supporting a small lookout. The lighthouse currently houses the Niagara College Sailing School and is not open to the public.
This information was retrieved from St.Catharines recreational website.



Port Dalhousie offers a great range of entertainment and recreational opportunities. The beach, carousel, down town, restaurants, marina and park are great places for families and friends. Fishing can be seen year -round. Port Dalhousie provides easy access to amenities and facilities for everyone.
The Waterfront Trail
Along the Welland Canal people can fish, walk, run, bike to the pire and along the Waterfront Trail. The trail ends at Courtleigh Road west of Port Dalhousie.
The St. Catharines section of the trail is approximately 9 kilometres, stretching from East Port Weller to West Port Dalhousie. It is a multi-use trail suitable for both cyclists and hikers. Refer to www.waterfronttrail.org for more information
Other Trails – Connectivity


Niagara Fishing Summary


Summer    July-September. Bass fishing and steelhead fishing in the entire region.
Spring/ Fall Run: If you pay attention to the weather you can expect to run into the Spring/Fall Run! Most types of Salmon and Trout will be travelling to the mouth of the dam to spawn.  
Winter January-March. Rainbows and browns are available to catch. Salmon and trout are still around, although they may be deeper in the water.  
Regardless of the season you won’t be disappointed by the excellent fishing in the Niagara Region


Adjacent Land Uses

Primarily, the local land usage is designated for agricultural and residential with a growing commercial sector

Further Information


 80 Lighthouse Road
St Catharines, ON L2N 7P5
Phone: (905) 646-5515

The Niagara River is designated as a zone to be managed and patrolled with certain regulations and enforcements by the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Zone 19. The Upper Niagara River is designated as part of Ontario’s Zone 19 which is upstream from “the falls” to the Peace Bridge.
Zone 20. The Lower Niagara River is designated as part of Ontario’s Zone 20 which is downstream from “the falls” to Lake Ontario.

Niagara River Game Fish Species

Game Fish Species :
Zones & Season:
Zone 19, Open all year / Zone 20, Jan. 1 to Mar. 1 and 1st Sat. in May to Dec. 31
 Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass
Zones 19 & 20, 4th Saturday in June to Nov. 30
 Northern Pike
Zone 19, Open all year / Zone 20, 1st Saturday in May to Dec. 31.
Zones 19 & 20, 3rd Saturday in June to Dec. 15
 Yellow Perch
Zones 19 & 20, Open all year
Zones 19 & 20, Open all year
Zones 19 & 20, Open all year
 Brown Trout
Zones 19 & 20, Open all year
 Rainbow Trout
Zones 19 & 20, Open all year
 Lake Trout
Zones 19 & 20, Jan. 1 to Sept.30 and Dec. 1 to Dec. 31
 Pacific Salmon
Zones 19 & 20, Open all year
 Atlantic Salmon
Zones 20, Open all year
 Lake Whitefish
Zones 19 & 20, Open all year
 Lake Sturgeon
Zones 19 & 20, Closed all year in the river
 Channel Catfish
Zones 19 & 20, Open all year



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Ownership & Management

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and City of St. Catharines

Admission Fee

Transient dockage is available on the west pier for visiting boaters. Transient dockage fees of $6.00 per vessel will be charged for dockage ranging from 30 minutes to three hours. *Boats are permitted to a maximum of 48 hours. A minimum of three hours dockage is required per vessel. The City does not offer permanent docks for lease. Please call the Manager of Recreation Services 905 688-5601 ext. 3134 if you have any questions about Port Dalhousie Harbour. *Transient dockage fees of $1.50 per foot will be charged for dockage ranging from three hours to 48 hours. This information was collected from http://www.stcatharines.ca/recreation/resources/LGSS07_ParksTrails.pdf November 7, 2009


Port Dalhousie Pier Marina * 80 Lighthouse Road * St. Catharines * Ont.
Port Dalhousie, Ontario
L2N7P8 Municipality St. Catharines

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.204957
Longitude -79.264104

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