Auburn Riverside Retreat has over 5,000 ft of riverfront access on the Maitland River. The mighty Maitland is a river that runs through Huron County, Perth County and Wellington County in southwestern Ontario. The river is in the Great Lakes Basin and empties into Lake Huron at the town of Goderich. It is 150 kilometres long, and is named after Sir Peregrine Maitland, Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada from 1818 to 1828. It was formerly known as the Menesetung River. It is a great place to float in a tube or canoe or to spend the day fishing or just to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
At Auburn Riverside Retreat we have canoes and tubes available for use. All tubes and canoes come with PFDs and paddles.
The main challenge to fishing in this river is the fluctuating levels of water. Sometimes you have to wait for good rains before you go fishing. Patience, whether it is waiting for the rains to fall, or patience while fishing can never go wrong in the trout game. Be prepared to wait for the right water temperatures, find the right fly or bait and your persistence will definitely be rewarded when fishing on the Maitland.
The spring Rainbow trout run is very good in this area. You may also catch returning Steelheads at the Maitland River mouth with some good worms or spawn as your bait. These Steelhead trout weigh in at about six to eight pounds. However, ten pounders are fairly common, while on the rare occasion in the right year, you may even bag one of the twenty pounders that pass through the Maitland river mouth.
Because of the size of the Steelheads, you must be appropriately equipped if you intend hauling in some of the larger fish. Choose a longer rod when fishing in a large river. A rod of around nine foot six will suit most anglers. A graphite handles are good on a longer rod which will allow you to float a jig or drift spoons early in the season. Later you can move on to roe as bait. Two-handed rods are also a good choice for Steelhead fishing in these waters.
When there are many fish biting, you will have to catch and release, so use single barbless hooks where possible and handle the fish carefully so as not to damage their skin or gills.
The Lower Maitland River Valley is part of a larger conservation area where regulations have been designed to protect the ecosystem and various rare species. This Valley plays an important role in protecting biodiversity in the Great Lakes Basin. This area is at risk as a result of the encroachment of cities and the pollution that accompanies them. If we want to continue to enjoy great trout fishing, we need to respect these attempts to preserve the best of the environment.
There are, fortunately, many other spots along the 150 kilometers of the Maitland River in superb wild and picturesque settings where you can fish according to your preference.
You must purchase a Resident Fishing Licence unless you are under 18 or 65 years of age or older. People who are under 18 years or are 65 or older do not need a licence but have all the rights and responsibilities of people with a licence. Visitors from outside the province require a Non Resident Fishing Licence.
The Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary provides information on licences, open/closed seasons and catch limits. This document is available to view at the Ministry of Natural Resources website.
Maitland River Water Levels
To view data on current water levels go to Environment Canada’s Real-Time Hydrometric Data (select Ontario and then Maintland River at Benmiller).