Monday, November 3, 2014

Finding Fish in Niagara

My sister took me to Charles Daley Park which is on Lake Ontario in St. Catharines.  We watched large fish swim up and down the channel that goes to the big lagoon.  She was told they have to wait in the channel until their body temperature adapts to the changes between the cold lake and the warm lagoon.  This is the migratory period for fish coming to their spawning grounds, where they will spawn in the spring.

So there's lots of fishing in Niagara, I find out.  Most of us think of going to the Georgian Bay area to fish, and not Lake Ontario.  Part of the dilemma with Lake Ontario is the pollution levels of the past reducing the number of fish and eliminating them from the table.  However, there are some interesting species listed in the Niagara area, including Steelhead, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Carp, Salmon (of various types - Lake and Chinook), Smallmouth Bass and Sturgeon.   There are fishing adventure companies in the Niagara Falls area, with lots of pictures of big fish.  And there is a Sturgeon repopulation project at the Niagara River.  

The Niagara River seems to have a large and diverse group - this information comes from the Greenbelt Website about fishing at the Queenston Docks.  The salmon and trout come in the fall to spawn in the spring.  So they would be resident in the big lagoon at Charles Daley Park over the winter.


Migratory Species:
 Rainbow trout, brown trout, Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, lake trout 

Resident Species:
 pan fish, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, northern pike, carp, muskellunge, walleye
Ice Fishing:
Ice Fishing is a great way to have an adventure and enjoy the out doors in the middle of winter! Look for 
yellow perch, walleyetrout, and if you're lucky - something bigger!

Here's where they are swimming to:

 Here's where they are coming from:

This is the channel:

This is the 2-3 foot fish - maybe a salmon…

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