This post comes from Kevin Deacon, passionate angler and Senior Gate Manager/Park Warden at Sauble Falls Provincial Park.
Fishing is a great experience for anyone, whether you are looking for a new adventure or have been casting for years.
As the summer weather cools, the fall fishing season intensifies. Sauble Falls Provincial Park is the perfect place to wet your line and possibly land the big one.
Hook a salmon or trout
Salmon and steelhead begin their journey upstream around the second or third week of September.
The weather varies each year, so staff and campers alike wait in anticipation to see the first fish jumping over the falls. The excitement of hearing the cry of “keep fishing!” The echo downstream is contagious.
There are great opportunities to fish for salmon, rainbow trout, and brown trout until late fall.
Camp next to your fishing spot
Since the Sauble River runs through the park, campers can set up at their non-electric site along the river.
There you can sit comfortably in your folding chair with a hot coffee in one hand and your fishing rod in the other.
If you’re looking for a few more conveniences from home, you can choose an electric site and cast your line from the dock at East Campground, or anywhere along the shore.
See the salmon and trout jump.
The area around the waterfall is a fish sanctuary. The waterfall acts as a natural ladder for fish that allows them to climb upstream to reach the spawning grounds.
The sanctuary allows the fish to rest between jumps while climbing the falls. This provides a great opportunity to see some beautiful silver salmon and rainbow trout up close as they leap out of the water, striving to reach the next ledge of the falls.
No matter how old you are, the excitement of watching the fish jump makes you want to cheer them on!
There’s nothing like watching a rainbow trout jump out of the water, showing its tail and moving to the next level.
Just downstream from the falls is a great place to put on some modern wellies and walk towards the river.
Fishing can be done from both sides of the river in this area, and both are easily accessible by a short hike.
Whether you like to fly fish, float a cork with a roe bag, cast with a lure, or just sit back and watch the tip of your fishing rod waiting for it to bob and sway, anyone can enjoy their time.
More than just a fishing spot
If not everyone in the family enjoys fishing, don’t forget: there is plenty to do in the fall.
Sauble Falls Provincial Park has truly amazing colors as the leaves change and fall from the trees. Deep, dark reds, bright oranges, faded yellows and greens of many shades are everywhere.
It can be incredibly peaceful to stand in the park, look up at the sky and watch the leaves twist and turn from above, landing softly around you. Watch the leaves floating in the river, carried by the current to slowly slide down and over the falls.
Maybe you relax by the water with a hot drink and watch your fishing rod move. Patiently waiting for another strike, waiting to feel the tension in the line, waiting to feel if a fish has taken the bait.
But why are you thinking about this when you could do it?
Sauble Falls Provincial Park is open until Sunday, October 29, 2022. Go online and make a camping reservation to join us here at Sauble Falls this season. Drive by and get a day pass, the staff will be happy to see you!
We hope to see you!