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Ganaraska River

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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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Port Hope fights 'slaughter alley' fishing in Ganaraska River
Northumberland News
PORT HOPE -- During the salmon run in the fall, hundreds of fishers flock to the Ganaraska River. A particularly bad year of illegal fishing has prompted a crackdown for next season. September 19, 2015.

Northumberland Today

Port Hope mayor reports progess with PHAI
Northumberland Today
Sanderson named the Ganaraska River as a key tourism asset, and said he would love to have a salmon festival. He has always wanted a river walk, he added, and this work has begun. And he'd like to see the river as a year-round destination. Meanwhile ...

Northumberland Today

Port Hope Horticultural Society members create bridge decor
Northumberland Today
PORT HOPE - The four festive baskets that now serve as holiday decoration on the Walton Street bridge that spans the Ganaraska River are the work of Port Hope Horticultural Society members. The baskets were designed by members Mary Adamson, Ann ...

Port Hope's fishing for answers to a stinky problem
Northumberland News
The salmon run normally reaches a peak in September and the Ganaraska River, which cuts through Port Hope's core, saw an increase in illegal fishing this season. The dead fish create a smell that puts a damper on tourism and council would like to put a ...

Port Hope student Curtis Clifford helps create solar water pump
... Clifford solar water pump. Curtis applied for and recently received a patent pending number, which means no one can copy the invention. The two brothers took the pump on the road for a four-day trip, testing it in rural locations around the ...

Environmental Review Tribunal Finds Settlers Landing Wind Turbine Project will ... (press release) (registration) (blog)
These concerns prompted STORM to participate in five Environmental Review Tribunal Hearings dealing with industrial scale energy projects on the Oak Ridges Moraine, - Settlers Landing , Illumination Solar, Sumac Ridge, Ganaraska and currently Snowy ...

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