As one of the top river guides in Ontario, I get asked the question “where can I fish on the Credit River?” I know the credit river better than most anglers since I have fished it for 36 years and have guided just about ever foot of it from Orangeville to Lake Ontario.
Where Can I Fish On The Credit River?
Anglers can fish the Credit River at the mouth of the river and up to Erindale park for steelhead and salmon all year long. Fishing the Credit River for trout is best between Inglewood and Alton. There may other great fishing spots on the Credit River between the mouth and Orangeville.
Fishing The Lower Credit River
Lets start with fishing the lower Credit River and work our way up the river.
Anglers can do very well fishing at the mouth of the Credit River for Salmon and steelhead when they are staging or starting to run up the river.
Anglers can fish off the pier at JJ Plaus Park.
Anglers can also fish the other side of the river and out into Lake Ontario at J.C. Saddington Park.
This is flat and slow water like fishing in a lake. The fishing can be good in the spring for steelhead and in September for huge salmon. Anglers casting lures can do very well here if they hit the runs of salmon just as they start.
A favorite lure for this area is spoons like the Little Cleos which can be cast far out into the river and lake. Large crankbaits and inline spinners can be very good too. To see my favorite lures go to 4 Best Lures For Steelhead – A Pro Guides Recommendations.
Anglers can fish the Credit River for largemouth and smallmouth bass in the slower water of the lower river. There are also good populations of huge carp and pike in this stretch of the Credit River.
About 1 km up the river from the lake is where this river goes from a slow wide river to looking more like a steelhead and trout river with rapids and pools around every bend. Much of the first section goes through 2 golf courses and the land here is private property.
Anglers that want to fish the Credit river can access the lower Credit River at Erindale Park at Dundas Street and walk for a long way up or down the river.
This section of Credit River gets good runs of steelhead which usually start in April and can last until Mid-May.
The salmon will arrive in large numbers after the rains in September and October. The salmon on the Credit river are large and can grow up to 40 pounds.
Be sure to check out my page Ontario Salmon Fishing for more details on when and how to fish for these huge fish. https://ontariotroutandsteelhead.com/ontario-salmon
This section of Erindale Park is open year-round and anglers can fish here in the winter with good fishing. There are sometimes big migratory brown trout mixed in with the steelhead that will hold over in this section during the winter months.
Stay warm when winter fishing but checking out my page Fishing In The Winter – Stay Warm With These 10 Tips.
I consider fishing in the lower Credit river can be good anywhere downriver of the Norval Dam in Norval. Both the salmon and steelhead have limited access up to this point and they do not get past the Norval dam to access the middle Credit River and the upper Credit River.
This Credit River salmon was caught by my client from England during high water in Erindale Park.
Many salmon will not get past Britania road because of the Streetsville Dam.
For guide trips on the lower credit river for steelhead and salmon check out A Perfect Drift Guide Company
Some of the best fishing spots on the Credit River in this lower section and once the trout season opens are:
There is an extended fall steelhead fishing section downriver of the 407 bridge and Britania road. Check the regulation on all these sections before you fish.
In this section, many anglers like to fish Meadowvale Conservation Area. This is a really nice stretch of river with some big pools to fish.
These are more great spots to try between Meadowvale and Norval.
- Churchville Park
- Eldorado Park – A big park with lots of great water to fish.
- McNab Park – This is about as far up as the steelhead and the salmon get due to the impassible Norval Dam
5 Best Methods For Fishing The Credit River
There are 4 or 5 methods that work very well for fishing on the Credit River.
Spin Fishing With Lures
Anglers can fish just about anywhere on the Credit river with lures. Lure like spinners, spoon, jigs and crankbaits can be excellent. For steelhead and salmon you will want to use larger lures in the 2.5 to 4.5 inch sizes.
When lure fishing for trout you will need smaller lures in the 1″ to 3″ size.
Spin Fishing With Floats
Float fishing is very popular with anglers on the lower river for salmon and steelhead. This can often be one of the most effective methods. Anglers can use spinning reels to float fish.
Anglers that want to float fish can use plastic and real worms, spawn bads, beads, and flies.
Spin Fishing – Bottom Bouncing Method
Bottom bouncing is one of the most effective methods in shallow and fast water where you can not get a good drift using a float or where lures do not work very well. You can see my most productive bottom bouncing techniques at Bottom Bouncing – 5 Proven Guide Tips For More Fish
The best methods for fishing the Credit river are Centerpin Fishing, Spin fishing with lures or with a float or with the Bottom Bouncing method.
Where Can I Fish On The Credit River? Middle Credit River
I consider the middle Credit river the section from the Norval dam in the town of Norval to Inglewood. You won’t find a more knowledgeable guide service for this middle section and the upper section than A Perfect Drift Guide Company. Give them a call if you want to learn how to fish the brown trout and brook trout on the Credit River.
Fishing the Credit River in this section is primarily for brown trout because the steelhead and salmon do not get into this stretch of river.
Because this stretch of river warms up too much during the summer months it does not have good populations of trout and therefore does not get fishing very much.
Anglers asking where can I fish the Credit River in this middle section can try these spots but unfortunately much of the land in this area is private property so access is limited.
- Glen Williams Park – A large stretch of river can be accessed and fished here. This is one of the best spots for fishing the Credit River in this section.
- The Forge Park – A small section of river to fish.
Where Can I fish On The Credit River? – Upper Credit River
Fishing the Credit River in the upper section will provide anglers with a challenge. There are sections of slow meadow runs and other sections of fast-flowing rapids. The challenge is getting the wild brown trout and the big brook trout to eat your bait and navigating all the bush along the river.
I consider the upper section of the river to be from the town of Inglewood to Orangeville.
This upper section is has restricted fishing regulations. As of now, it is a catch and releases ONLY section, with now organic bait allowed and only artificial baits with only 1 single point barbless hook permitted. This means no treble hooks allowed and all hooks must be barbless. There are also fish sanctuaries in this stretch. check the fishing regulations before you go.
This area is policed heavily by the local CO regularly and you must be sure there is no sign of a barb still on your hook.
The upper Credit river is mostly fished by fly fisherman for brown trout and brook trout but there are also some rainbow trout in the area.
The forks of the Credit is in this area and up both forks are waterfalls that the brown trout can not get above.
Above these waterfalls in brook trout with no brown trout.
The brown trout in this river are all wild and can be very difficult to catch. Using the right method taught by the guides at A Perfect Drift can help you catch the big ones.
Over the last few years the number of brown trout and brook trout have been decreasing. There are also a lot of fire ants in the area that can leave a nasty bite and angler are starting to avoid the upper Credit River.
Anglers that would like to try this area can try at these spots.
- Lloyd Wilson Centennial Park – Catch and release only.
- Ken Whillans Resource Management Area – You have to pay to access this spot and it’s a long but flat path to get to the river.
- Forks of the Credit Provincial Park – Another very long hike to the river and it’s all uphill on the way back. This is not a spot if you are not in great shape.
- Belfountain Conservation Area – You can fish above the falls here and catch brook trout and rainbow trout or fish below the falls and get brown trout too. Below the falls is very technical fast water.
- Charles Sauriol Conservation Area – This is brook trout-only water and it can be accessed from the bridge parking lot off of Charleston sideroad.
- Upper Credit Conservation Area – Brook trout only water with a nice trail for dog walkers and hikers.
There is very little accessible water and good fishing between Orangeville and the Upper Credit Conservation area and in my opinion as a river guide that lives 5 minutes from this area, it’s not worth even trying.