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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.

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Province investing in Ganaraska River to revive Atlantic salmon population
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PORT HOPE -- The Ganaraska River could be rich with wild Atlantic salmon once again. It's been more than a century since the once-thriving fish species heavily populated Lake Ontario and surrounding waterways, but the Province is making an effort to ...

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Port Hope fights 'slaughter alley' fishing in Ganaraska River
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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.

Port Hope pledges to clean “abusive spot” along Ganaraska River
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PORT HOPE -- The Ganaraska River has long been eyed as a potential hotbed for tourism and council is chipping away at a laundry list of issues to see that become a reality. The latest effort to improve the river was set in motion on Tuesday, Dec. 15 ...

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Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny added $121000 to Northumberland region
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The annual 10-km race along the Ganaraska River had an estimated financial impact of $121,000 on the region with local residents spending an estimated $146,000 related to the event. The province also saw a financial impact of about $27,000.

GRCA Issues Watershed Conditions Statement for February 2, 2016 (press release) (registration) (blog)
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority advises that a weather system will begin pushing into the watershed later this evening bringing precipitation with rain. As the system intensifies, heavier rainfall is forecast for overnight into Wednesday ...

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Port Hope Police warn residents to stay clear of Ganaraska River
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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 ...

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