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     Often referred to as the premier steelhead river in Ontario, the "Ganny", boasts annual steelhead and salmon runs and a healthy resident brown trout fishery. Although the steelhead runs have been down in recent years, it still supports a healthy spring run due to the efforts of the MNR and local conservation groups. Home of the ontario steelhead record with a fish that tiped the scales at a monstrous 29.1 pounds, this river holds a special place in the hearts of all steelheaders.

     The drop in water temperature in late august and september brings schools of chinook salmon into the river and provides anglers with some excellent fall fishing. The salmon come into the river to spawn and aggressively hit baits such as: roe fished on bottom or under floats, brightly coloured J9 or J11 Rapalas, cleos and other small spoons.

     In the spring, opening of steelhead fishing (last saturday in April) attracts hundreds of anglers to the Ganny. The water in pools south of the Corbet Dam receives most of the fishing pressure. When the water is low and clear, the bows holding in the lower sections of the river are spooked and closed mouthed by sunrise, and anglers have a tough time getting them to bite.

North of the dam, the fishing pressure is also extreme on opener with anglers crowding any pool that holds fish. The most popular pools are at Sylvan Glen which produce a large number of fish. The most productive baits are roe bags with 2-4 eggs per sac and small dark coloured flies drifted 1 foot off bottom. Early morning is usually best. Some anglers also use small red worms and wooly bugger flies. Being persistent will produce a few fish even with the crowds.

     In the fall, concentrate your efforts in the lower river mouth area. This section from the CNR bridge south produces some of the best fall fishing available. Floats and roe bags are the norm in the river with pier anglers giving the nod to floating roe bags. For more information visit

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Northumberland News

Port Hope's Ganaraska Hiking Trail gets a new marker
Northumberland News
Founded in 1968 from an idea of the Willow Beach Field Naturalists, the Ganaraska Hiking Trail begins in Port Hope, just south of the Port Hope Public Library, along the Ganaraska River. Over the years the trail has expanded to Midland and Wasaga Beach.

Port Hope mayor seeks to tighten fishing regs
Northumberland Today
PETE FISHER / Northumberland Today Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson, left, talk with Ministry of Natural Resources Conservation officer Dirk Stuyck near the Ganaraska River in Port Hope recently.

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Union Gas and Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Partner to Make the ... (press release) (registration) (blog)
For more information on the Ganaraska Millennium Conservation Area, the Ganaraska River, as well as other important projects the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority is undertaking in our watershed, please contact the Conservation Authority at ...

We don't have to carry the load alone
Northumberland Today
We rented a room in a hotel in Port Hope and had a wonderful meal in the restaurant. Our room over looked the Ganaraska River and we were watching some men fish. They were pulling out very large fish from the water. I did not know what kind of fish it was.

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Northumberland News

Port Hope Police warn residents to stay clear of Ganaraska River
Northumberland News
Port Hope municipal crews have been keeping an eye on the river and worked overnight March 17 clearing ice with an excavator, said Dave Beckett from the municipality's roads department. Crews were out again on March 19 in an effort to clear a channel ...

Peterborough Examiner

All-Canadian Jazz Festival returns to Port Hope this weekend
Peterborough Examiner
A huge, fenced tent has been erected in Memorial Park in front of the permanent stage there, adjacent to the town hall and the Ganaraska River, making it a unique location in which to enjoy fun and music. The entertainers Friday evening are local Jazz ...
Port Hope Jazz Festival gives “Top 10 Reasons to Attend” this (press release) (registration) (blog)

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