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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 www.FishingSteelhead.com.



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Ganaraska River NEWS!

Camping facility suggested for Port Hope's centre pier
Northumberland Today
PORT HOPE - The need for a camping facility near the river and Lake Ontario in Port Hope was experienced in recent years when fishermen camped along the banks of the Ganaraska River. The council of the day did not condone the practice at that time, ...


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 ...


CORRECTION: Port Hope Fishing Derby on Friday, July 10
Northumberland News
PORT HOPE -- Kids have a chance to win prizes this Friday morning in an annual fishing derby on the Ganaraska River. The Port Hope department of parks, recreation and culture will be running a catch-and-release fishing derby on July 10 for children ...


Horticultural society donation is for all to enjoy
Northumberland Today
“We also plant flowers in local post-office planters, and plant and tend to the garden at the Ruth Clark Centre, as well as planting daffodils along the east side of the Ganaraska River. We also design and create Christmas baskets that decorate the ...


Salmon making their way up the Ganaraska River
Northumberland News
The leaves will change colour and salmon will begin their annual spawning run up the Ganaraska River. Brian Morrison, a fisheries biologist with the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, said various species of salmon, including Coho, Chinook, ...

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Ganaraska River race in Port Hope a spring tradition
Toronto Star
Anything goes when you Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny, as dozens did on Saturday in Port Hope's Ganaraska River race. “We don't aim to be the fastest,” said Brian Hunter, one of the plaid-clad lads who rode a wave of popularity past thousands of ...

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