Lake Ontario Fishing
Anglers from all over the world come to fish in open waters of Lake Ontario for trophy-sized trout and salmon, smallmouth bass and panfish.
Located smack dab in the middle of the south shore, Fair Point Marina provides sport fishermen with access to some of the most abundant and proven fishing grounds on Lake Ontario. You won’t spend much time or fuel getting to your favorite fishing grounds as the marina is located just a few hundred yards from the channel entrance to Lake Ontario.
Popular Fish Species in Lake Ontario
Spring time on Lake Ontario generally means fantastic brown trout fishing. Brown trout are found along much of the shoreline. The warmer water along shore or at tributary mouths attracts baitfish, which in turn attracts the brown trout. Stickbaits (minnow imitating plugs) are the hot lure this time of year and are either flat-lined or fished off planer boards. Good colors are generally black and silver, blue and silver, fire-tiger or chartreuse. As the lake begins to warm, the brown trout start moving farther off shore. Small spoons start to work better as anglers switch from flat-lining to using downriggers. As a thermocline develops, brown trout are usually found around it; generally where the thermocline contacts the bottom is a good spot to fish. As summer progresses, larger spoons start to work better for the brown trout and may need to be fished down to 60 feet or more.
Rainbow trout or steelhead are usually found higher in the water column than the other trout and salmon, generally above the thermocline. Trolling small spoons around thermal bars (areas of rapid temperature change, often off colored water and littered with debris) works well for the rainbows. Rainbows are oftentimes seen leaping out of the water in their attempts to shake free from the hook, often even before the angler realizes he has a fish on. At times you may only be fishing 20 to 40 feet down over 300 to 500 feet of water. Small red or orange colored spoons are popular with anglers targeting rainbows.
Lake trout are native to Lake Ontario and prefer colder water than the other salmonids. Lake trout are often found close to bottom, so at times putting lures very close to bottom can be good. They are often called the “bread and butter” fish for the guides as they are generally more predictable than the other species. If you get at the right water depth and cover ground, you can usually get a few lake trout to hit. When the other species are cooperating and hitting well, lake trout usually take a back seat to the more glamorous species and few people fish for them. Good lake trout lures are spoons, spinners and peanuts (small plugs or flies), and dodger/flashers and fly rigs.
Chinook salmon or “king” salmon grow large, fight hard, and are a much sought after sport fish. Generally in the spring, the western end of the lake is the starting point for the salmon fishery. As spring changes into summer, the salmon fishing shifts towards the eastern end of the lake. By late summer the kings begin to stage off tributary mouths across the lake as they prepare for their fall spawning run. During the spring the salmon can be caught closer to shore as they follow baitfish into these areas. As summer progresses they begin to move farther off shore in search of cooler water. At times you may find them 100 or more feet down over 500 feet of water. Flasher and flies, flasher and cut-bait, or spoons work for these deep fish. As the salmon begin to stage off the river mouths in late summer, plugs begin to become a popular bait choice along with the above mentioned baits. J-plugs continue to be staple trolling bait for fall kings.
Coho salmon or “silver” salmon typically don’t grow as large as king salmon, but are tremendous fighters for their size. Cohos tend to be found higher in the water column than kings, and they seem to be less wary of boats and downrigger weights. When anglers target cohos with downriggers, they often fish lures close to the weight (or ball). Like with kings, the fishing generally progresses from west to east. Cohos, however, are usually caught earlier in the spring than the kings. Anglers targeting shallow water brown trout in the spring generally pick up some cohos. Fishing bright colored baits, reds and oranges, close to the boat is a productive coho trolling technique. Like the kings, they begin to move farther off shore as the water warms, but return to river mouths in late summer as they too prepare for their fall spawning run. Similar baits work for the cohos as for the Chinooks.