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Fishing in Port Colborne

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General Information

Fishing in Port Colborne is an amazing experience with great opportunity. Sugarloaf Marina provides great ammenities and expertise to start your fishing adventure! Port Colborne allows access to Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River. The Niagara River is well known for its trophy fish: Trout, Walleye and Bass! The Bass Season opens June and ends in November. This is a great time to bring the family and enjoy a weekend away.! Come and experience the beautiful scenary and great fishing.
Lake Erie is the smallest of the Great Lakes in volume (119 cubic miles). It measures 241 miles across and 57 miles from north to south, the lake’s surface is under 10,000 square miles of shoreline. The average depth is about 62 feet. Thus, it warms rapidly in the spring and summer and frequently freezes in the winter, (Great Lakes Atlas, 1995) making it a great location to catch the Spring and Fall Salmon and Trout Run and participate in ice fishing. Lake Erie is one of the province's most talked-about perch fishing spots.
The lake's shallow depths, warmer temperatures and fertile soils make it extremely productive. Perch thrive throughout the lake, spawning near the shore during spring, moving out towards the middle during summer and back to the shallows in fall. Walleye, salmon and trout are also found thriving in Lake Erie, giving anglers a variety of options.
What you can expect to catch in Lake Erie
Lake Erie – cool water species (Northern Niagara) – zone 19
Migratory Species- Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Lake Sturgeon
Resident species - Pan Fish, Yellow perch, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Carp, Muskellunge, Walleye, Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Freshwater Drum
The lake's main fish species include walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, chinook salmon, coho salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, northern pike, largemouth bass and carp.


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Hours of Operation

Sugarloaf Marina's Hours of Operation

Marina Office


Spring:   Monday - Friday  8:30 - 4:30

Summer:  7 Days a week  8 am - 8 pm

After Labour Day - Thanksgiving: 

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - Friday -  10:00 - 4:30

Saturday, Sunday -  8:30 - 4:30

Fall & Winter:

Saturday - Monday :   Closed

Tuesday - Thursday-   8:30 - 4:30

Friday - 8:30 - 12:30

Fuel Dock Hours

Spring: TBD

Summer: 8:00am - 8:00 pm

Fall: 8:00am - 6pm

Winter: CLOSED



Directions by Car:

From Toronto:
Take the QEW Niagara to Regional Road 24 at
Vineland. Take #24 south to Highway #3. Follow #3 to Port Colborne. Turn right (south) on Elm Street to Sugarloaf Harbour.

From St. Catharines:
Take Highway #406 south to Highway #140. Take #140 south to Highway #3. Turn right on Highway #3 (west). Turn left (south) on Elm Street to Sugarloaf Harbour.

From Buffalo:

Cross the Peace Bridge and follow Highway #3 to Port Colborne. Turn left (south) on Elm Street to Sugarloaf Harbour.


Directions by Boat:

42° 51.50'N  79° 15.21'W

Call Sugarloaf Harbour Marina on channel 68 for docking assignment and assistance. Enter the Channel keeping the Lighthouse on your Port side and the Port (Green Pillar) buoy on your Starboard side.

Veer to the West and proceed in a Northerly Direction up Channel keeping the Grain Elevators on your Starboard side and the Concrete Wall on your Port Side.
At the North end of the Channel, take a Port turn and proceed in a Westerly direction to your assigned dock.

The marina office will direct you via radio. Docking assistance is available

These directions were taken directly from the Port Colborne website.

Fish Culture

Suggestions from The Fishing Guide. Com - Lake Erie

According to the Fishing Guide. Com, perch, salmon, Chinook, coho are great catches in Lake Erie.  Anglers also fill their quotas as well, especially in the spring, when perch come inshore to spawn. Simple bobbers and worms or even live/salted minnows are suggested to catch perch this time of year. It's not uncommon to catch 2 or maybe even 3 fish at once, when the perch schools are thick.
"Trolling a variety of spoons using downriggers is the technique of choice for most anglers. Anglers follow the schools of baitfish, predominately smelt. In spring and fall concentrating closer to shore and in summer deeper, trolling spoons and plugs above and below marked fish. In the fall, many anglers try their luck casting spoons off piers or still fishing with roe on bottom. Shore action this time of year can be hot, especially at dusk and sometimes throughout the night."
Steelhead, are caught using the same methods as for salmon. A powerful fighter and excellent eating, makes this a popular gamefish on Lake Erie. In spring, when steelhead migrate up rivers to spawn, shore anglers enjoy plentiful opportunities to catch a "Beauty"!  Don't forget that fishing is usually best at dawn.
 This information was retrieved on November 7, 2009 from www.thefishinguide.com/lerie.shtml



You and your guests must have a fishing license.


The Niagara River can be dangerous, it is very turbulent and the water level can change abruptly due to routine adjustments at the hydro electric dam. 
Please review current laws, regulations and restrictions on fishing times as well as locations.
We ask that you please abide by the 'catch and release' policy.


Please note: Lake Erie freezes after ice boom and may be closed from fishing dependent upon weather conditions.


Great Expectations at Port Colborne!
Walleye range in size from 16 to 22 inches.
Catch rates for walleye rival any in the country.
Yellow perch has been voted by many as the "tastiest table fish" and the most fun to catch.
Erie's yellow perch range in size from 7 to 12 inches.
Late April (on warm sunny days), May, June, August, and September are the best months to fish for "smallies."
Small-mouth bass are also known as "bronzebacks."
This information was retrieved from Ontario’s Marine Operators Association


Lake Erie is the warmest and most biologically productive of the Great Lakes, and the walleye fishery is widely considered the best in the world. Every year tons of walleye are harvested from the lake, both from recreational angling and commercial fishing. The average walleye is a whopping 5-6lb with 10-12lb fish caught regularly. The walleye are caught trolling along drop offs and mid lake humps. Most productive lure is the famous erie deary, usually tipped with a whole worm or minnow. Deep diving crankbaits trolled in the same areas also produce well.
For more information visit www.FishingPickerel.com



Fish to Your Heart's Content
Lake Erie has a rich history in commercial and recreational fishing. Anglers come from around the world to discover the joy of fishing in Niagara. Lake Erie offers rainbow trout, walleye, yellow perch, northern pike, small-mouth bass, large-mouth bass, chinook salmon, coho salmon, brown trout, and carp.
The entire family can join you on a hike through the local trails, a walk through town or a cycle along any pathways surrounding the area.

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 river 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.

Further Information

Sugarloaf Marina is a great location to keep your boat, fish off of the dock, rent a guide and get some great fishing information. The marina is closed from November to the middle of April.
The late-fall fishery offers large walleye, which were fished from boats near shore and from piers, breakwalls, and rocky beaches at night.

Further Information

Brock University Queenston Information.
Lake Erie and the Niagara River are designated as zones 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

Sugarloaf Marina



Clean Marine Certified
Eco Rated Marina

Docking: 500 Boat Docks
Max. Length: 100'
Transient Docks
Shore Power
Draft: 10'

Fuel Services: Gas,Diesel,Pumpout

Repair Services:N\A

Rental Services: Kayaks,
Pedal Boats

Storage Services: N\A

Yard Equipment & Services:
Launching Ramp,30 Ton Travel Lift

Miscellaneous Services:
Washrooms,Showers, Motel, Hotel, Bed and Breakfast,Camping, Restaurant,Variety Store,Groceries,Laundromat,Snack Bar,Water,Ice,Playground, WIFI Internet

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Sugarloaf Marina
3 Marina Road
L3K 6C6 Municipality Port Colborne

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 42.880241
Longitude -79.254812

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