Large Left Image: The Big Guy (G.Greenall); Top Right Image: Brown Trout (John Vaulk); Mid Right Image: Rainbow (John Vaulk); Bottom Right Image:Rainbow (John Vaulk)
Fishing in Port Colborne is an amazing experience with great opportunity. Sugarloaf Marina provides great ammenities and expertise to start your fishing adventure! Port Colborne allows access to Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River. The Niagara River is well known for its trophy fish: Trout, Walleye and Bass! The Bass Season opens June and ends in November. This is a great time to bring the family and enjoy a weekend away.! Come and experience the beautiful scenary and great fishing.
Lake Erie is the smallest of the Great Lakes in volume (119 cubic miles). It measures 241 miles across and 57 miles from north to south, the lake’s surface is under 10,000 square miles of shoreline. The average depth is about 62 feet. Thus, it warms rapidly in the spring and summer and frequently freezes in the winter, (Great Lakes Atlas, 1995) making it a great location to catch the Spring and Fall Salmon and Trout Run and participate in ice fishing. Lake Erie is one of the province's most talked-about perch fishing spots.
The lake's shallow depths, warmer temperatures and fertile soils make it extremely productive. Perch thrive throughout the lake, spawning near the shore during spring, moving out towards the middle during summer and back to the shallows in fall. Walleye, salmon and trout are also found thriving in Lake Erie, giving anglers a variety of options.
What you can expect to catch in Lake Erie
Lake Erie – cool water species (Northern Niagara) – zone 19
Migratory Species- Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Lake Sturgeon
Resident species - Pan Fish, Yellow perch, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Carp, Muskellunge, Walleye, Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Freshwater Drum
The lake's main fish species include walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, chinook salmon, coho salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, northern pike, largemouth bass and carp.
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Hours of Operation
Sugarloaf Marina's Hours of Operation
Spring: Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30
Summer: 7 Days a week 8 am - 8 pm
After Labour Day - Thanksgiving:
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Friday - 10:00 - 4:30
Saturday, Sunday - 8:30 - 4:30
Fall & Winter:
Saturday - Monday : Closed
Tuesday - Thursday- 8:30 - 4:30
Friday - 8:30 - 12:30
Fuel Dock Hours:
Summer: 8:00am - 8:00 pm
Fall: 8:00am - 6pm
Directions by Car:
Take the QEW Niagara to Regional Road 24 at Vineland. Take #24 south to Highway #3. Follow #3 to Port Colborne. Turn right (south) on Elm Street to Sugarloaf Harbour.
From St. Catharines:
Take Highway #406 south to Highway #140. Take #140 south to Highway #3. Turn right on Highway #3 (west). Turn left (south) on Elm Street to Sugarloaf Harbour.
From Buffalo: Cross the Peace Bridge and follow Highway #3 to Port Colborne. Turn left (south) on ElmStreet to Sugarloaf Harbour.
Directions by Boat:
42° 51.50'N 79° 15.21'W
Call Sugarloaf Harbour Marina on channel 68 for docking assignment and assistance. Enter the Channel keeping the Lighthouse on your Port side and the Port (Green Pillar) buoy on your Starboard side.
Veer to the West and proceed in a Northerly Direction up Channel keeping the Grain Elevators on your Starboard side and the Concrete Wall on your Port Side.
At the North end of the Channel, take a Port turn and proceed in a Westerly direction to your assigned dock.
The marina office will direct you via radio. Docking assistance is available
Suggestions from The Fishing Guide. Com - Lake Erie
According to the Fishing Guide. Com, perch, salmon, Chinook, coho are great catches in Lake Erie. Anglers also fill their quotas as well, especially in the spring, when perch come inshore to spawn. Simple bobbers and worms or even live/salted minnows are suggested to catch perch this time of year. It's not uncommon to catch 2 or maybe even 3 fish at once, when the perch schools are thick.
"Trolling a variety of spoons using downriggers is the technique of choice for most anglers. Anglers follow the schools of baitfish, predominately smelt. In spring and fall concentrating closer to shore and in summer deeper, trolling spoons and plugs above and below marked fish. In the fall, many anglers try their luck casting spoons off piers or still fishing with roe on bottom. Shore action this time of year can be hot, especially at dusk and sometimes throughout the night."
Steelhead, are caught using the same methods as for salmon. A powerful fighter and excellent eating, makes this a popular gamefish on Lake Erie. In spring, when steelhead migrate up rivers to spawn, shore anglers enjoy plentiful opportunities to catch a "Beauty"! Don't forget that fishing is usually best at dawn.
This information was retrieved on November 7, 2009 from www.thefishinguide.com/lerie.shtml
Lake Erie is the warmest and most biologically productive of the Great Lakes, and the walleye fishery is widely considered the best in the world. Every year tons of walleye are harvested from the lake, both from recreational angling and commercial fishing. The average walleye is a whopping 5-6lb with 10-12lb fish caught regularly. The walleye are caught trolling along drop offs and mid lake humps. Most productive lure is the famous erie deary, usually tipped with a whole worm or minnow. Deep diving crankbaits trolled in the same areas also produce well.
Lake Erie has a rich history in commercial and recreational fishing. Anglers come from around the world to discover the joy of fishing in Niagara. Lake Erie offers rainbow trout, walleye, yellow perch, northern pike, small-mouth bass, large-mouth bass, chinook salmon, coho salmon, brown trout, and carp.
The entire family can join you on a hike through the local trails, a walk through town or a cycle along any pathways surrounding the area.
Niagara Fishing Summary
Summer: July-September. Bass fishing and steelhead fishing in the entire region.
Spring/ Fall Run: If you pay attention to the weather you can expect to run into the Spring/Fall Run! Most types of Salmon and Trout will be travelling to the mouth of the river to spawn.
Winter: January-March. Rainbows and browns are available to catch. Salmon and trout are still around, although they may be deeper in the water. Regardless of the season you won’t be disappointed by the excellent fishing in the Niagara Region.
Sugarloaf Marina is a great location to keep your boat, fish off of the dock, rent a guide and get some great fishing information. The marina is closed from November to the middle of April.
The late-fall fishery offers large walleye, which were fished from boats near shore and from piers, breakwalls, and rocky beaches at night.