Norfolk County Ontario’s Garden

You can virtually fish all-year-long in Norfolk County, according to our local fisheries biologist Jason Barnucz.

Norfolk County is home to some of the greatest fishing opportunities in Southern Ontario. From chasing acrobatic Smallmouth Bass in Long Point Bay, to trolling the depths of Lake Erie for Trophy Walleye to walking streams for a record Brown Trout or Steelhead.

Spring

Spring Fishing in Norfolk County usually kicks off in late April with the opening of Trout Season. This has many anglers walking local streams searching for Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout or Brook Trout. Norfolk County is underlain by the Norfolk Sand Plain. This geologic feature produces incredibly cold water and helps to maintain some of the best coldwater streams in Southern Ontario. Shortly after Trout Season opens anglers are met with the opening of Northern Pike Season. Norfolk County is home to some of the best Northern Pike angling in Southern Ontario. Long Point Bay is surrounded by prime Northern Pike habitat and giants pushing 40+ inches (20+ pounds) are caught each year. Another option for Norfolk County anglers in the spring is Panfish. Panfish is a group of small-bodied fish that anglers can target nearly year round in Norfolk County. Panfish species that are found in Norfolk County include: Black Crappie, White Crappie, Rock Bass, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed and Yellow Perch.

Summer

Summer Fishing in Norfolk County is kicked off with the opening of Bass Season. Thousands of anglers visit the warm, fertile waters of Long Point Bay to enjoy chasing down acrobatic, hard fighting Smallmouth Bass. Largemouth Bass is also abundant in Long Point Bay and many of the inland waterways including Waterford Ponds and Deer Creek. Many bass are caught annually in Norfolk County area exceeding 5 pounds and larger! Walleye (aka Yellow Pickerel) and Rainbow Trout are abundant in the deeper, offshore waters of Lake Erie along Norfolk County.

Fall

Fall Fishing in Norfolk County usually starts with the first frost of the season in late September or early October. This change of the seasons is usually met with many anglers changing their attention from the shallow water of Long Point’s Inner Bay to the deeper waters of the Outer Bay to catch Smallmouth Bass. Also, many anglers will start to target Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Coho Salmon along the Lake Erie shoreline as these species begin staging for their annual fall migration into local streams and rivers. Fishing for Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout actually heats up as the temperature cools down in the fall. Many local streams including Big Creek (Delhi, Ontario) and Young’s Creek (Vittoria, Ontario) have great fall fishing opportunities until the end of December each year.

Winter

Winter Fishing in Norfolk County can be a slow time unless winter temperatures allow ice to form on the local waterways. In this case it can be an amazing time to wet a line! Ice fishing has been popular in Norfolk County for centuries and this remains true today. Long Point Bay is a great winter fishery for Yellow Perch and Northern Pike. Ice anglers can either venture out on their own or use one of the many ice fishing outfitters in the St. Williams and Long Point area. Many inland lakes also provide great ice fishing opportunities for Panfish as well. We ask that all anglers use caution while ice fishing and check conditions before venturing onto any frozen water bodies.

Fishing Locations – sport fish

  • Deer Creek Conservation Area, Waterford North Conservation Area, Lehman’s Reservoir, Teeterville Conservaton Area, Backus Mill Conservation Area, Long Point Bay (Inner), Lake Erie (main lake)
  • Long Point Bay (Inner and Outer), Lake Erie (main lake)
  • Long Point Bay (Outer), Lake Erie (main lake)
  • Waterford North Conservation Area, Long Point Bay (Inner and Outer), Lake Erie (main lake), Normandale pier, Turkey Point, Port Dover
  • Deer Creek Conservation Area, Waterford North Conservation Area, Long Point Bay (Inner and Outer), Lake Erie (main lake), Port Ryerse, Normandale pier, Turkey Point, Port Dover
  • Deer Creek Conservation Area, Backus Mill Conservation Area, Long Point Bay (Inner), Lake Erie (main lake)
  • Deer Creek Conservation Area, Backus Mill Conservation Area, Lehman’s Reservoir, Long Point Bay (Inner), Lake Erie (main lake)

Other locations

  • Deer Creek Conservation Area, Waterford North Conservation Area, Lehman’s Reservoir, Teeterville Conservaton Area, Backus Mill Conservation Area, Long Point Bay (Inner and Outer), Lake Erie (main lake)
  • Deer Creek Conservation Area, Waterford North Conservation Area, Long Point Bay (Inner), Lake Erie (main lake)
  • Deer Creek Conservation Area, Waterford North Conservation Area, Long Point Bay (Inner), Lake Erie (main lake)
  • Deer Creek Conservation Area, Waterford North Conservation Area, Lehman’s Reservoir, Teeterville Conservaton Area, Backus Mill Conservation Area, Long Point Bay (Inner and Outer), Lake Erie (main lake)
  • Deer Creek Conservation Area, Waterford North Conservation Area, Lehman’s Reservoir, Teeterville Conservaton Area, Backus Mill Conservation Area, Lynn River, Long Point Bay (Inner and Outer), Lake Erie (main lake)

Fishing Regulations for Norfolk County:

Norfolk County is found within Fisheries Management Zone 16 and Fisheries Management Zone 19 in Southern Ontario. We encourage all anglers to consult with the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary  before heading out on the water.

Useful links for Norfolk County Anglers:

Long Point Region Conservation Authority: Access information about many of the local waterways and parks in the Norfolk County area.

OMNRF Fish On-line Tool: Learn how you can easily plan a fishing trip, check fishing rules, and catch and identify Ontario sport fish by using the Fish ON-Line tool.

Marina’s and Boating Information for Norfolk County

Fishing Guides in Norfolk County

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