There are many excellent fishing spots across the GTA, along the northwest shore of Lake Ontario and at various TRCA conservation areas. View a map We have great fishing opportunities for all levels of fishing enthusiasts, select your skill level to find information that will help you catch the big one:

Beginner Fishing

The TRCA offers the easiest way to learn how to fish! At Glen Haffy Conservation Area, you don’t need a fishing license. Just show up, cast your line, and try your luck! We can provide equipment rentals, bait, and fishing tips.

GlenHaffy_logo Glen Haffy Conservation Area 19245 Airport Rd
(9 km north of Caledon East) Open from April 26 – October 13 
HeartLake_logoHeart Lake Conservation Area 10818 Heart Lake Rd
(3 km north of Hwy 7) Open from April 26 – October 13


Fishing at TRCA parks Glen Haffy Conservation Area is home to a fish hatchery that raises rainbow trout, which are released into the ponds there as well as the lake at Heart Lake Conservation Area. Anglers are welcome at these parks — but please respect the posted catch limits. Parks are open for fishing from April 26 to October 13, 2016.

TRCA no live bait policy

TRCA has adopted a NO LIVE BAIT policy at all of our conservation areas. Invasive species, which are commonly transported in bait buckets, enter lakes when people dump their left-over bait and water. Once unwanted species enter water systems, they aggressively compete with native species for food and habitat.

Please help us in our continuing effort to be free of invasive species and provide a great fishing experience for years to come. For more information about the threat of invasive species, please visit or

The following baits are allowed in TRCA conservation areas:

  • Worms
  • Artificial lures

Family Fishing Week

The Province of Ontario offers two weeks each year to allow anglers without licenses to get outside and try their luck through their Family Fishing Week programs. Each February and July, you are free to enjoy all the benefits of an Ontario Sport Fishing License without the need to pay the annual fee. The next opportunity to experience Family Fishing Week is July 2 – 10, 2016 – don’t miss out! More information about License Free Family Fishing can be found on the Ontario Government website.

Intermediate Fishing

You’ve fished before, but maybe you’re rusty or you’ve only been at it a year or two. The Greater Toronto Area offers all kinds of ways to get outside fishing! If you don’t have a license and just want to try your luck, check out one of TRCA’s stocked fishing locations where you don’t require a license. Fishing at TRCA parks Better yet, get a license and check out some of the great spots all across the northwest shore of Lake Ontario and lakes around the Toronto Area. We’ve set up a map to help you get the most out of your day. View our Fishing Spot Map

Expert Fishing

Find a spot on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario and in our conservation areas.

Click on a fishing spot below to see details about the location.

Guide to Eating Ontario Fish

fishguide2015-final-aoda-en-final-p1-normalThe Guide to Eating Ontario Fish is a must read for the avid angler. Containing more than just information about health safety, this guide details 2,370 locations across Ontario and provides information on all the different fish species you can find in the thousands of water bodies across the Province. View and Download the digital version of The Guide to Eating Ontario Sport

How we contribute to better fishing

TRCA works with many partners on a wide range of projects that contribute to healthier fish populations and opportunities for recreational fishing.

  • Fisheries Monitoring – Find out how our monitoring contributes to programs and services that support fish and their habitat
  • Restoring Fish Habitat – Learn about projects that are helping improve the quality of fish habitat
  • Urban Recreational Fishing Strategy – See more about fishing along the northwest shore of Lake Ontario and opportunities to enhance recreational fishing

Find Fishing at these Locations