Fish of High Park

The fish community of Grenadier Pond has undergone considerable change over the years. With the connection to the lake gone, the fish are locked into the pond and rely on it for all of their lifecycle requirements. About 12 species now occur in Grenadier Pond, including small numbers of top predators such as bass, and more abundant smaller fish such as pumpkinseed and bluegill.


Fishing is currently permitted in season along a designated section of the Grenadier Pond shoreline. Grenadier Pond is a protected natural area. If you fish here, be sure you know and follow fishing regulations and catch-and-release techniques.

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Fish found in Grenadier Pond

  • Northern pike (?) 1
  • Largemouth bass 1
  • Black crappie
  • White perch
  • Yellow perch
  • White sucker
  • Golden shiner
  • Brown bullhead
  • Bluegill
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Common carp 2
  • Goldfish 2

1 Predators that eat other fish

2 Non-native species

(?) Absent in recent years

NOTE: The list of species shown above may be overlooking bottom-feeding fish (such as gobi, a European species) which would not be detected by the regular monitoring techniques used by the TRCA.

Fish Species Lists

  • TRCA Electrofishing Survey Results 2016. PDF (205 Kb).
  • TRCA Electrofishing Survey Species List 1995 - 2012. PDF (44 Kb).
  • TRCA Detailed Monitoring Results to 2008. Excel (612 Kb).
Bluegill. Photo: David Stoneleigh
Bluegill. Photo: David Stoneleigh

Grenadier Pond Fish Population 1995-2016

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