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Fishing at Queenston Docks


Left: Fishing at Queenston Docks (G. Greenall); Top right: Queenston Docks Boat Ramp sign (G.Greenall); Centre right: Niagara steelhead (John Vaulk), Bottom right: Niagara River (G. Greenall)


General Information

Queenston Docks offer a great escape for all anglers. You can get there by boat, car, bike or on foot. Queenston Docks are world renowned for the fishing experiences. There is a public boat launch, public parking and a beautiful scenery. You can fish off the dock, or trek up-stream along the river bank, or take your boat out into the water. It is a perfect place for a peaceful, enjoyable and successful fishing experience.

Depending on the time of year, Queenston holds both warm and cold water species, offering you a great chance to catch 'the big one'!



Photo Gallery


TripClip Audio File - Queenston Docks

Contributed by Gillian Greenall - December 2009


What you can expect to catch on the niagara river:

Migratory Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout, Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, lake trout


Resident Species: pan fish, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, northern pike, carp, muskellunge, walleye
Ice Fishing:
Ice Fishing is a great way to have an adventure and enjoy the out doors in the middle of winter! Look for yellow perch, walleye, trout, and if you're lucky - something bigger!



From Toronto:

QEW (Niagara) over Garden City Skyway in St. Catharines
Keep left at Kings Hwy 405 (Lewiston U.S.A./ Queenston/ ON-405)
and follow signs for Niagara Parkway
Left at Stanley Avenue
Continue to Portage Road
At roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Niagara Pkwy and proceed down the escarpment heading north
Right on York Street
Left on Front Street
Continue onto Princess Street
Right on Dumfries Street
Follow the Queenston Boat Docking signs along the dirt road to the docks.


From Fort Erie / Buffalo:

Get on QEW (Toronto)
Take exit 34 for Mountain Rd toward County Rd-101 0.5 km
Turn right at Mountain Rd (signs for Mountain Rd E) 2.4 km
Continue onto Four Mile Creek Rd 1.3 km
Turn right at York Rd 4.3 km

Follow the Queenston Boat Docking signs along the dirt road to the docks.



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.



Queenston holds a world known recognition because it is the location where Laura Secord discovered the American soldiers were going to attack from Lewiston. This holds great value within the town and encourages a tourism attraction.  



Queenston is opposite of the Lewiston docks in the U.S., the Niagara Jet boats are docked at Lewiston and at Niagara-on-the-lake, allowing for seasonal viewings of the Niagara Jet boats adventures.


Hiking, walking, touring, cycling are all main recreational attractions in Queenson. Although, fishing is the main attraction and you can see anglers at the docks almost every day of the year.

Niagara fishing summary

Summer     July-September    Bass fishing and steelhead fishing in the entire region

Spring/Fall Run: Most types of salmon and trout will be travelling to the mouth of the dam to spawn during the spring and fall seasons. This gives you a great chance to catch a big and hungry fish!  
Winter    January-March    Rainbow and brown trout 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

Agricultural, residential, commercial. This part of the Niagara River is utilized by the Niagara Jet Boats.


Further Information


Fishing for trout on the Niagara River near Queenston Docks with Master Angler Shaun Rickard - Urban Outdoor Adventures


ePodunk: Queenston

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

Google Paths

Below is the path

View interactive map and turn-by-turn directions

Ownership & Management

Niagara Parks Commission


Queenston Docks
Queenston, Ontario
L0S 1L0 Municipality Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.164152
Longitude -79.050783

Trail linkages 

Greenway Linkages: Bruce Trail, Upper Canada Heritage Trail, Niagara River Recreation Trail.

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