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Fishing in Owen Sound

Outstanding Fishing Year-round

The Owen Sound area has fabulous fishing throughout the year. If you are looking for large Chinook Salmon, Brown Trout or Rainbow Trout, you can troll the Owen Sound Bay or work the harbour walls. The Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association has maintained an active stocking program that makes Owen Sound a favourite destination for anglers.

Fishing in Owen Sound Harbour

Harbour Wall: Owen Sound has thousands of metres of easily accessible harbour wall, so you can pick your favourite spot. Chinook Salmon run in late summer and fall and are best caught in late evening or at night. Rainbow trout are best caught in spring and late fall from the harbour walls.

Spring: The hottest salmon fishing in Owen Sound Bay can be experienced over Thompson’s Hole from ice-out until early July. Here the big kings are found in 80-120' depths of water. Slow trolling and downriggers are the only method to catch them.

Summer: Thompson’s Hole is a likely location to pick up Chinook Salmon but most of the angling pressure begins to shift to Squaw Point and the west shore from the mouth of Indian River to Cape Commodore. Approximately six miles from the inner harbour, watch for Cobble Beach Golf Links along the west shore. Here, excellent trout and salmon fishing can be found.

Autumn: Plenty of Chinook Salmon are still present in the outer bay until mid-October. There are excellent drifting opportunities for Chinook and Rainbow in the lower stretches of the Sydenham and Pottawatomi Rivers.

Winter: Depending on the weather conditions, ice usually forms in the last two weeks of February and may last until the end of March. The best ice fishing can be found approximately three miles from the inner harbour across from the former Goodyear plant located on the east shoreline. Parking is available at the East Side Boat Launch.

Catch the Fish MigrationOwen Sound Salmon Tour Brochure

Cylce the Owen Sound Salmon TourEach spring and fall, salmon and trout embark on a strenuous and fascinating journey up the Sydenham River to spawn. They’re given a little help at the Mill Dam, where a fish ladder – the first to be built in Ontario – helps them arrive at their destination. The best time to view fish at the Mill Dam is the third week in April (for rainbow trout) and from mid-September to the second week in October (for lake trout and salmon). Water temperature plays an important role as to when the fish will be jumping, therefore the fish may move up the ladder a week or two earlier. The Grey Sauble Conservation Authority monitors the fish migration and if you wish an accurate time to view the fish we suggest you contact their office at 519-376-3076 or keep tabs at

Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular Fishing Derby

Owen Sound Salmon SpectacularThe Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association organizes a 10-day derby and festival on the waters of Owen Sound Bay and Colpoy’s Bay each year. Thousands of dollars in prizes are up for grabs. Entrants must register one day before angling. The derby also features two Saturday fish fries under a large tent at Kelso Beach Park with entertainment and activities for the whole family. Tickets are available from Owen Sound and area tackle outlets. Camping is available across from the derby site at the Kelso Beach Campground.

For more information call the Sydenham Sportsmen at 519-376-7177. 

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