How to Fish the Humber River in Toronto, Canada

by Nicole Papagiorgio

The Humber River is a large river that begins northwest of the city of Toronto, Ontario, and flows into Lake Ontario. Fish found in the Humber River include pike, bass, crappie, suckerfish, Pacific salmon, rainbow trout and brown trout. Many public areas such as parks and forests are on the Humber River, making it a popular spot for anglers close to the city of Toronto. The Humber River is also not as overfished as the other large rivers in the area.

Items you will need

  • Outdoors Card (fishing license
  • Fishing pole
  • Tackle
  • Bait
Step 1

Obtain a fishing license. In the province of Ontario, fishing licenses are called Outdoors Cards and it is illegal to fish anywhere in the province without one. The holder receives a plastic card that stickers are affixed to each fishing season, and holders can apply for sport or conservation licenses. An Outdoors Card is only valid when a new sticker is purchased each year. Each license comes with its own daily catch limits for different fish. These cards can be obtained at some outdoors stores including Bass Pro Shops and Canadian Tire, or by calling the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-800-387-7011. You can apply for a fishing license the same day you go fishing in the Humber River, because you will be issued a paper temporary license until your Outdoors Card arrives by mail.

Step 2

Find a fishing location. The main and east branch of the Humber River, as well as the mouth where it meets Lake Ontario, are easily accessible and public spots suitable for fishing. See Resources for a list of fishing spots, maps and addresses.

Step 3

Fish in the Humber River. Most areas of the river where there are no rapids are shallow and walkable, although some can be rocky and care should be taken when walking the river. The Humber is suitable for fly fishing as well as using worms, which are permitted in Ontario.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ontario residents can save money on fishing license fees by fishing the first week of July. This is a province-wide holiday called Family Fishing Week that is held every summer, and Ontario residents can fish anywhere they like without a fishing license. Nonresidents still need to get a fishing license.
  • The fish in the Humber River are considered suitable for catch and release only, and should not be eaten. The Humber River is too polluted to produce safe-to-eat fish close to the city, but fish from more northern areas of the river can be eaten.

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