Fishing Calendar

Fishing Georgian Bay in the Spring

Month Avg. Air Temps °F (Hi/Lo)
36° / 18°
49° / 30°
61° / 39°

The Georgian Bay area is still pretty cool in the spring and water temperatures take a while to warm up.  In the spring, anglers fish the tributaries for steelhead mostly, but some tributaries have brown trout and brook trout too.  Anglers catch steelhead, brown trout and lake trout much shallower early in the year and many anglers catch trout right from the shorelines in some parts of the bay.

The warm water species get going in full swing towards the end of May and into early June, however, the northern pike and walleye feed well in the colder water temperatures.  In the more protected areas of the bay where you have lots of smaller bays, islands and channels to fish, anglers target northern pike and walleye fairly shallow.  Crappie and perch fishing can be good too if you can locate them.  Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and muskie are still closed to fishing.

Fishing Georgian Bay in the Summer

Month Avg. Air Temps °F (Hi/Lo)
73° / 50°
76° / 55°
75° / 55°

As June rolls around, water temperatures warm up quickly in the shallower, more protected areas of the bay, while the deeper, open waters warm gradually through the month.  The muskie and bass fishing openers arrive towards the end of the month.  When the openers arrive, you can still find a lot of these fish fairly shallow in the bays, around the islands and in the channels.  Good numbers of largemouth bass will stay shallow all summer, while the smallmouth bass and muskie will move to deeper water as the summer patterns set in.  Salmon and trout anglers are fishing the deeper, open waters in the summer.  Some tributaries start receiving steelhead towards the end of the summer as well.  You have a lot of options for catching a variety of fish in the summer.

Fishing Georgian Bay in the Fall

Month Avg. Air Temps °F (Hi/Lo)
68° / 49°
55° / 40°
42° / 31°

In the fall, the fishing can be awesome.  You have spawning runs going on for steelhead, brown trout and salmon.  In some areas, anglers will catch them from shore in the bay.  Some boats have good success fishing near the mouths of the tributaries where they move in to spawn.  There are so many rivers and streams here to fish as well for these spawning fish.

Northern pike, muskie, walleye and smallmouth bass will move shallower as they follow the bait fish back into some of the same areas you caught them during the spring.  There will always be some fish that stay deeper, but this is a good time of year to catch some trophy-sized fish without having to fish deeper like in the middle of the summer.

Fishing Georgian Bay in the Winter (Ice Fishing)

Month Avg. Air Temps °F (Hi/Lo)
32° / 21°
27° / 14°
28° / 13°

In the winter, anglers do ice fish in this area.  Georgian Bay is so huge that there are a lot of options.  Some people do great fishing this area in the winter and they never set foot on the actual bay.  They ice fish the inland lakes and then target trout in the area tributaries.  You can ice fish and do well on the bay.  Anglers usually target walleye, northern pike, perch, crappie, lake trout, rainbow trout and whitefish through the ice.