The mouth of the Rouge River and the surrounding marsh area are popular fishing spots. Fishing in the park is permitted as long as you have a valid Ontario fishing license.


In the early season, commonly caught species include:

  • Northern Pike
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Black Crappie, which spawn in Rouge Marsh.


Later in the spring, these can be caught as they travel to and from their upstream spawning sites:

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Suckers
  • Carp
Bullhead Catfish

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During mid-summer, many fish species are present, including:

  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • White Perch
  • Carp
  • Bullhead


While in late summer, as they travel upstream to spawn, you can catch:

  • Chinook Salmon
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout


 For information on fishing rules and how to obtain a fishing license, please refer to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Note: Ontario has several fishing zones, each with different open seasons and catch limits. Areas within the Rouge are part of zone FMZ16, while Lake Ontario is in zone FMZ20. Please carefully read the regulations of the fishing zone that applies to you.