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Fishing In Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Please refer to the Ontario Fishing Regulations for complete details on fishing seasons, catch and keep limits and licenses.

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Tips Line (like Crimestoppers for wildlife)
1-877-TIPS-MNR
1-877-847-7667

Obtain a fishing license:
1-800-387-7011 application will be sent to you.
Service Ontario kiosks - Burlington Mall or Oakville Place mall
Any MNR offices - Guelph or Aurora

Mike Calcutt releasing a late spring Rainbow Trout

FAQ's

  • Q. Do I need a fishing license to fish in Bronte Creek Provincial Park?
  • A. YES. Person 18-64 years of age must have an Ontario fishing license (outdoors card) and or birth certificate with you when you are fishing. Children and youth must fish with a licensed angler. There are exceptions, please see official regulations for explanation.

  • Q. What fishing zone is Bronte Creek in?
  • A. Zone 16 of the new fishing regulations.

    Overview of Zone 16 (THIS IS ONLY A GUIDELINE)

    Fish

    Season

    Limit

    Bass

    4th Saturday in June – Nov 30

    S – 6   C - 2

    Perch

    Open all year

    S -50   C- 25

    Crappie

    Open all year

    S- 30   C- 10

    Sunfish

    Open all year

    S- 50   C - 25

    Brook Trout*

    4th Sat. in April – Sept. 30

    S- 5     C – 2

    Brown Trout*

    4th Sat. in April – Dec. 31

    S- 5     C – 2

    Rainbow Trout*

    4th Sat. in April – Dec. 31

    S – 2   C – 1

    Pacific Salmon*

    4th Sat. in April – Dec. 31

    S – 5   C - 2

    Atlantic Salmon

    Closed all Year

     

    Channel catfish

    Open all year

    S – 12   C- 6

    *Town of Oakville, Lakeshore Road upstream to the South side of Hwy 407.  Extended season.

  • Q. When are the salmon in Bronte Creek?
  • A. The salmon will start to enter the creek and make their way up stream when the weather turns colder in October or November. Usually take a few steady days of rain to get them moving. Chinook Salmon is the most common species of salmon and the largest. There are some Coho Salmon but they are rare. Atlantic salmon have been stocked but still rare..

  • Q. When are the Rainbow Trout in Bronte Creek?
  • A. The trout enter the creek late winter and early spring. They spawn and then leave the creek. On years where there is unusually rainy and cool weather, Rainbow Trout have been known to stay in the creek until mid-June. Newly hatched trout will stay in the stream for one year before heading to the lake.

  • Q. When are the Smallmouth Bass in Bronte Creek?
  • A. The bass enter the creek late spring and early summer. They spawn and then leave the creek. Some bass stay in the creek all year depending on water levels.

  • Q. How do I access Bronte Creek to go fishing?
  • A. The safest way to get to the creek from within the park is to enter via 1219 Burloak Drive (exit 109 off the QEW). Pay for your daily vehicle permit. A pay a display machine is available, have a credit card or coins.
  • Option 1 middle of park – Parking lot A. Park and walk toward Tyrrell B picnic shelter, look in the tall grass behind the shelter to find the “fisherman’s” path that will switchback down to the creek (approximately 1.5km from parking lot to creek).

  • Option B lower end of park – Parking lot F. Park and walk by Spruce Lane Farm buildings to Half Moon Valley Trail. Walk the trail keeping to your right, once you are in the lower valley by post number 4 keep to your left –the creek is 100m in front of you. (approximately 2 km from parking lot to creek).
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  • Northern Pike
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  • Smallmouth Bass
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