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Fishing in Whitevale

Duffins Creek and Whitevale Dam
Fishing Season
Aquatic Species

Duffins Creek and Whitevale Dam

Whitevale DamWest Duffins Creek runs right through the heart of Whitevale.  The creek was integral to the development and success of the village and has long been a popular destination for fishermen of all skill levels. 

The Whitevale Dam is one of the major reasons that Whitevale has become such a popular spot for recreational angling.  The dam (which was repaired in 2002) is currently used to provide a physical barrier to separate migratory fish species such as rainbow trout and chinook salmon (downstream of the dam) from native brook trout (upstream of the dam). Please note, fishing at the dam is not allowed.

The Seaton Hiking Trail is another key component to Whitevale’s success as a fishing destination.  The trail runs alongside the creek, providing easy access for fishermen.

Fishing Season - Open April 25, 2015

Whitevale Fishing on Duffins Creek

Of course, the species you catch will be dependant on what season you decide to fish in Duffins Creek. Expect to catch rainbow trout in the spring, resident brook trout in the summer, and chinook salmon and brown trout in the fall. 

As a general rule, no fishing is allowed in the Whitevale area of Duffins Creek from Mid November to the last Saturday in April each year; however, there are more specific date restrictions depending on the species of fish you are trying to catch (please consult the fishing schedule in the MNR’s Ontario Fishing Regulations).

Fisherman's Breakfast

The start of the fishing season each year (4th Saturday of April) is marked by the annual Whitevale Fisherman’s Breakfast, held at the Whitevale Community Centre.

Aquatic Species

Atlantic Salmon

Although once a flourishing species, Atlantic salmon are now very rare in Duffins Creek; however, a recovery program is underway that included the installation of a fish weir.  The weir is used to collect Atlantic salmon so that genetic testing can be performed to monitor the success of the program.  Fishing for Atlantic salmon is prohibited year round.

Species Survey

A study was performed by the TRCA to determine the Aquatic Species that inhabit Duffins Creek; the following is a listing of their findings:

  • LAMPREY FAMILY
    American brook lamprey, northern brook lamprey
  • SALMON FAMILY
    chinook salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout
  • SUCKER FAMILY
    white sucker
  • MINNOW FAMILY
    northern redbelly dace, common shiner, spotfin shiner, common shiner x creek chub, bluntnose minnow, fathead minnow, blacknose dace, longnose dace, creek chub
  • CATFISH FAMILY
    brown bullhead
  • STICKLEBACK FAMILY
    brook stickleback
  • SUNFISH FAMILY
    rock bass, pumpkinseed, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass
  • PERCH FAMILY
    rainbow darter, Iowa darter, johnny darter, logperch
  • SCULPIN FAMILY
    mottled sculpin, slimy sculpin

Note: The list above is for all of Duffins Creek, therefore, not all of these fish can be found at or near Whitevale.