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If you are interested in sport fishing, Port Colborne is the one place in Niagara you want to visit. With immediate access to Lake Erie and numerous smaller inland bodies of water, anglers can be assured of top-flight fishing - no matter what type of fish or fishing they prefer. Best of all, it is one of the few areas in the Golden Horseshoe where it is safe to eat what you catch!
Springtime runs on Lake Erie and Gravelly Bay include crappie, bluegill, catfish, perch and pike. Summer anglers look forward to the challenge of walleyes and small mouth bass.
Summer fishing tournaments include the 444 International Walleye Tournament. Sugarloaf Marina also hosts one-day derbies throughout the summer.
Lakes and streams in local conservation areas, flooded quarries and farm ponds offer other opportunities for pike, largemouth bass, carp and bullhead. If salmon and trout are tour passion, Lake Ontario and the Niagara River are only a 30-minute drive away. Ice fishing is also popular on local lakes and along the Lake Erie shore during winter months.
2018 Tournament Dates
This is a great opportunity to come and enjoy the waters off Port Colborne, catch some fish, and win prizes. For more information about these events, use the contact information provided below:
Port Colborne & District Conservation Club's Kid's Fishing Derby
June (Father's Day Weekend)
H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park
Free registration starts 8:00am, fishing until 10:30am, followed by awards & free lunch for kids. For kids aged 13 and under. Fishing is from shore and all fish are to be released. Bring a bucket. Free worms provided. Lots of great prizes, including the Barry Carr Memorial Trophy. H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park. For information call Kathy McQuire (905) 835-2261.
Budweiser CanAm Walleye Challenge
The 2018 Budweiser CanAm Walleye Challenge returns with a new date. This one day tournament has a format that allows 2-5 people per team using a maximum of 8 rods to weigh in 4 Walleye for the day. Prize money will be awarded for the Big Fish of the day. The entry fee for the main event is $500.00 (CND) per team and entry is for the first 100 entires.
There is the annual Big Fish Friday event on June 22. This event is optional and the entry fee is $100.00. There also is the option for two calcuttas on tournament day, one for the Biggest Fish and one for the Biggest Box. The entry fee for each calcutta is $100.00.
For more information please call: Dave; (905) 834-9218
Berkley B1 Bass Fishing Championships
August 10 & 11
Sugarloaf Marina & H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park
Who will B the 1? Watch the Pros compete for $75,000 in prizes at the Berkley B1 Bass Open.
Port Colborne Fishing Guide
Hard copies are available throughout Port Colborne, including at these locations:
Port Colborne City Hall: 66 Charlotte Street
Humberstone Hall Visitor Information Centre: 76 Main Street West
Sugarloaf Harbour Marina: 3 Marina Road
Canadian Tire: 287 West Side Road
Erie Tracker Outfitters: 111 Killaly Street West
Is it Safe to Eat Fish from Lake Erie?
Fish from Lake Erie and Lake Huron are monitored by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the American Environmental Protection Agency. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency tests all commercial catches from Lake Erie.
Botulism is a resident bacteria in the Great Lakes that arrived about 10 years ago when ships from the Caspian Sea introduced exotic species, such as zebra mussels, into the St. Lawrence Seaway system. If climatic conditions are right, botulism can come up through the food chain and begin to have an impact on the ecosystem. For three consecutive years dead fish and birds have been found on beaches, mostly in the west end of Lake Erie. This has led researchers to suspect the presence of type E botulism.
Type E botulism effects bottom feeding fish species, such as Sheephead, Goby, Carp and Catfish. None of these species are caught and sold commercially. Lake Erie sport fish, Walleye and Perch, do not dwell at the bottom of the lake and do not eat zebra mussels.
It is the current position of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources that there is "no reason not to consume fish from Lake Erie." However, all fish should be fully cooked before consumption.
Below is a list of fishing charter services operating out of Port Colborne and the surrounding area. Each offers the exciting experience of fishing on the open waters of Lake Erie. Because these are professional charters, the operators know where the fish are, and ensure that you will have a great time.
Fishmaster Ultimate Charters
Get It Wet Fishing Charters
On Line Charters
WM. G. Whitehead Charters