The Credit river flows through the heart of Toronto's industrial center - Mississauga. Just like Bronte creek it suffers low water conditions in fall, but once the rains begin, its flows are good till December. The season on the Credit begins in late August with anglers gathering at Port Credit and tossing big fluorescent spoons from dusk till well into the night. They sometimes succeed in hooking chinook that as often as not take all their line and lure into the lake. In September salmon can be found in the deeper holes of the river. The most poplar access point is Erindale Park north of Dundas Road. Between Port Credit and Dundas Rd. Credit flows through private lands. The river in this section is navigable and if fishing from a boat the anglers can expect good results with both salmon and carp. Upper Credit has its fans too. The area of Forks of the credit is known for its waterfalls and the brown and brook trout fishing.
Erindale Park has a few better holes that are easy to identify in fall by the number of anglers on the shore. The main attraction is chinook, but coho are also present as well as brown trout and steelhead late in fall. On very rare occasions there are brook trout migrating from the lake upstream. The area around Streetsville dam is known for the conservation work done by the local club in helping migratory fish move upstream.
Because of its easy access and good day use facilites, Erindale park sees a lot of visitors and fishing pressure is high. At times tempers flare and unethical methods of catching salmon can be observed. Once the weather gets cold, crowds taper off and during steelhead season an angler should be able to find some quiet and solitude especially in the upper reaches of the park.
While I lived in Mississauga back in 2001 I fished the Credit as it was the only place I could go to without a car. I fished Mepps spinners but by doing that I was one of the few fishermen on the river not catching fish. Chinook stubbornly rejected my offering. Chub and bass were much friendlier and they were among the first fish I caught in Canada. Most folks were using float or fly fishing set ups. They were constantly hooking into Chinook and depending on what the salmon decided to do they had to walk upstream or downstream at times crossing lines with other anglers. Many of the Chinook hooked went air born, something rather uncommon for this fish in the rivers of the West.