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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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Enjoy Conundrum at Port Hope street party
Northumberland Today
Enhanced by its cozy small-town downtown-heritage setting beside the Ganaraska River, the All-Canadian Jazz Festival Port Hope has earned popular and critical recognition as a showcase for the finest in Canadian jazz. The music directors have ...

Port Hope Jazz Festival has a Conundrum (press release) (registration) (blog)
... verge of major label recording success with established masters and a portion of the program always presents “Young Jazz”. The Festival's appeal is increased immeasurably by the cozy small-town downtown heritage setting next to the Ganaraska River.

Green Party candidate has deep roots in Port Hope
Northumberland Today
It took most of a year to realize where I was being led was back to my grandparents' house by the Ganaraska River in Port Hope.” Sinnott's father was born and grew up in the house, Sinnott said. As a child, she visited it often with her family for ...

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Jazz Festival partnership a sure crowd pleaser
Northumberland Today
PORT HOPE - A partnership between the All-Canadian Jazz Festival and Port Hope's Capitol Theatre promises to make the festival's opening night a sure-fire crowd pleaser on Sept. 11. The festival traditionally presents a blues artist at a Free Friday ...

Peterborough Examiner

Where did Champlain go?
Peterborough Examiner
Excerpt from the Collins-Holland map 1790. Note the Chemong Portage is represented in the top left corner. The Percy Portage bypassing Healey Falls and the other rapids on that stretch of the Trent River is shown in the upper middle. The Ganaraska ...

Port Hope reveals latest economic vision
Northumberland News
Throughout the years, Port Hope has positioned itself as the antique capital of Ontario, utilized its heritage and historic nature, along with the rural/urban landscape and the Ganaraska River to pull new residents, industry and tourism. However, the ...

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