Nothing tops a wild river trout tricked on a dry fly, and the Saugeen River is a great place to make it happen! In Walkerton's Saugeen, you'll find Brook, Brown, Rainbow, and Steelhead Trout migrating from Lake Huron. Cast flies, fish spoons and spinners or float spawn for these acrobatic trout! The best action can be found late April to late May each year and spring trout season opens the last Saturday in April.
Head to Walkerton and check in to the Walkerton Best Western PLUS Hotel for luxurious, comfortable accommodations. For breakfast, head downtown to the White Rose Coffeehouse and order a breakfast wrap with your Fairtrade, organic coffee (be patient, things are prepared with care here). If you're planning on a very early start, breakfast at the hotel is a great alternative.
Dawn your wders and hit the river at Walkerton’s #1 fly fishing spot - the Walkerton Dam (aka Truax Dam) right behind Tim Hortons. Often times, people catch 15 pounders here! Maple Hill Dam, further east, also has excellent fishing. Break a fishing lure? Ace’ n JJ’s Tackle Shop has any fishing gear you may need.
For dinner, try The Old Garage Wood Fired Pizza for some of the freshest, most delicious pizza you'll ever eat!
Have a bit more time on your hands? Rent a canoe from Cowan Canoe & Kayak and spend the afternoon paddling adn fishing. Canoe and kayak access points along the Saugeen can be found in our Bruce County Canoe and Kayak Paddling guide (request one here).
One of nature's greatest treats is to watch spawning fish climb a natural fish ladder at a waterfall and there's no better place to watch this spectacle than at Sauble Falls Provincial Park, which is upstream from where the Rankin River joins the Sauble River. Every spring, rainbow trout and Chinook salmon leap and thrash as they make their way up the cascading Sauble Falls to their spawning grounds.
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