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Fishing in Fort Erie

Large Left Image: Trout (John Vaulk); Top Right Image: Lake Erie Perch( Morgan Stanford); Mid Right Image: Browna (John Vaulk); Bottom Right Image: Rainbow (John Vaulk)


General Information

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 provinces 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.



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TripClip Audio File - Fishing in Fort Erie

Contributed by Gillian Greenall - December 2009


What you can expect to catch on the niagara river


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.
Lake Erie opens up to the 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!
Many sites along the Niagara River between the Peace Bridge and Legends of Niagara Golf Course provide shoreline access and good fishing. One location recommended by Master Angler Henry Waszczuk is the shoreline breakwater and parking lot just north of Nicholls Marine (further details below).


directions to Shoreline Breakwater North of Nicholl's MarinE

1) Merge onto QEW Niagara Bound
2) Take the Central Avenue/ County Rd-124 exit
3) Turn Left at Central Avenue
4) Take the 1st right onto Queen Street
5) Turn left at High Street
6) Turn right at Bertie Street
7) Turn left at Niagara Blvd
    Destination will be on the right.


Hours of Operation

Monday: Closed
Tuesday 9:00-5:30
Wednesday 9:00 - 5:30
Thursday: 9:00 - 5:30
Friday 9:00 - 5:30
Saturday: 8:30-4:00
Sunday: Closed



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.


Fish - Cultural


Nicholls Marine 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.
Valuable Fishing Information for Lake Erie:
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.


Master Angler Henry Waszczuk Suggests:

“There is a marina called Nicholls right near the Fort Erie bridge going to the U.S., well just east of there is a ramp and parking lot with some pretty good fishing. I have used the ramp there and right there off the big rocks is a pretty big back eddy where guys catch perch, smallmouth bass and even the odd walleye. Number one bait (minnows) and then worms under a float or bottom rig fishing. Most important, you need to have life jackets on the kids, all of them and watch them very closely. As I mentioned earlier, lots of places to cast from shore along the parkway from Fort Erie right down to the Legends Golf Course”. Source

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



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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Nicholl's Marine
162 Niagara Boulevard, Fort Erie
L0S 1L0 Municipality Fort Erie

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 42.913113
Longitude -78.909294


Nicholl's Marine
162 Niagara Boulevard
Fort Erie, ON
L2A 3G3

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