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Fishing in Trent Hills ONtarioFamily Fishing on the Trent-Severn Waterway, Village of Hastings in Trent Hills, Ontario

More than 10 species of fish are found among the Trent Hills fishing areas.  If you are looking for Brown or Brook Trout, Mill Creek in Warkworth is the spot. Percy Boom and Bradley Bay in Campbellford are popular locations for both sports fishing and family fishing. Trent-Severn Waterway Locks 8 through 18 are located in Trent Hills and these offer public fishing. 

Voted the Ultimate Fishing town 2012, Hastings is a popular destination for anglers. Located at the mouth of Rice Lake and Lock 18 on the Trent-Severn. Fish for muskie, walleye, pickerel, large and small mouth bass, pike, perch, and panfish.

The Hastings Bridge is known as the only roadway bridge in Ontario you can legally fish. It’s an ideal spot located in the heart of the Village of Hastings, with nearby access to fishing supplies, restaurants and shops. This Trent-Severn Trail Town is perfectly situated with nearby resorts on both the north and south shores of Rice Lake, with options suitable for a family-friendly vacation or a weekend with friends.


Test your angling skills in a bass tournament; several are held in Hastings each year. Plan your visit around a Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire Fishing Days event, so your little ones can explore the sport of fishing as well.

Book a cottage resort for a restful and relaxing stay on the Trent-Severn. Check out the Cottage Resorts in Trent Hills. Many offer boat rentals, or you can fish right off their docks.  

Research license requirements, regulations and fishing zones here:

Four times a year, Canadian residents can fish in Ontario for free. This means you do not need to buy a fishing licence if you want to fish during:

  • Family Fishing Weekend (February 17-19, 2024)
  • Mother’s Day Weekend (May 11 & 12, 2024)
  • Father’s Day Weekend (June 15 & 16, 2024)
  • Family Fishing Week (June 29 – July 7, 2024)