Maitland Valley Conservation Authority
Maitland Valley Conservation Authority
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Maitland Valley Conservation Authority
Falls Reserve Conservation Area

Falls Reserve Conservation Area has a reputation for excellent year-round fishing. Rainbow trout and salmon migrate up the river in spring and fall. Smallmouth bass provide great fishing during the summer months.

The Conservation Area has a pond that is stocked each spring with rainbow trout and also contains a sustainable largemouth bass population. The pond has been the site of extensive naturalization efforts over the past several years. Trees, aquatic plants, and shrubs have been planted in and around the pond. A brood area for bass has been created along with nesting sites for birds and turtles.

A permit is required to fish in the pond and can be purchased at the gatehouse. Children under 12 years of age practicing in catch-and-release do not require a permit. A daily limit of two trout per permit is enforced. Largemouth bass caught in the pond are catch-and-release only. The use of barbless hooks is required. If a fish caught in the pond is badly injured, please do not return it to the pond. It should be claimed as your catch.

Fishing Licences

You must purchase a Resident Fishing Licence unless you are under 18 years of age 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.

Fishing in Ontario

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 (

OFAH Tackle Share Program

No fishing equipment? No problem! Falls Reserve Conservation Area offers access to angling equipment for visitors thanks to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Tackle Share program. It’s easy, simply sign out a rod and reel and an assortment of tackle from the park Gatehouse. Once you are finished, return the equipment so that others can enjoy the same opportunity.

Family Fishing Weekend

The next Ontario Family Fishing Weekend is Feb. 15 - 17, 2014 (12:01 am Friday to 11:59 pm Sunday). This is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version Outdoors Card. During all other time periods, Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64 years must purchase an Outdoors Card and Fishing Licence to legally fish in Ontario. Visit for more information.

Maitland River Water Levels

To view data on current water levels from MVCA's Benmiller Gauging Station, follow these steps:

  1. Visit Environment Canada's Real-Time Hydrometric Data site. (The link will open in a new window.)

  2. From the "View all Real Time Stations within" drop down menu, select "Ontario".

  3. From the next menu select "MAITLAND RIVER AT BENMILLER - [02FE015] - [ON]".