Toronto’s #1 Salmon Fishing Charter Experience

Take a Detour

Salmon Fishing

Pike & Bowfin

Local Toronto Island Tour Guide

Birdwatching Tours

Island Sightseeing

Toronto's Favorite Captain Don

Welcome to Detour Toronto.

The Toronto area offers some of the best salmon fishing on Lake Ontario. With catching trophy Salmon and Pike a regular occurrence on our boats, you’re guaranteed a one of a kind experience you’ll treasure forever.

Guided Fishing For Amateur or Seasoned Fisherman of All Ages

Captain Don has over 30 years experience as a Salmon Fisher and over 50+ Years Lake Ontario Boating & Fishing Experience, we look forward to welcoming you onboard!

We Take Care Of All The Fishing Essentials For Your Day

All you need to bring is weather appropriate clothing, soft sole shoes, sun protection, food and drink. Onboard fridge available!

Birdwatching & Toronto Island Sightseeing Tours Available

Learn about the rich history of the Toronto Island community by boat or bike with Captain Don!

How It Works

Get In Touch With Captain Don!

You can use the form on the Book Now page, send him an email, or phone Captain Don directly to book your Detour experience!

Confirm Details With Don!

Captain Don will walk you through what’s included with your Detour package and you’ll confirm the date and time.

Enjoy Your Detour Experience!

We pride ourselves on providing a one-of-a kind Toronto Islands fishing and tour experience. We’re not happy unless you are.

Salmon Fishing

June 1st – October 31st

(Chinook, Coho, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Lake Trout)

Pike & Bowfin


2nd Saturday in May – October 31st


April 15th – June 1st


April – October

Sightseeing Tour

April – October

Bike Tour

April – October

Meet Your Captain

Captain Don Sampson has over 30 years of Salmon Fishing experience and has been boating the Toronto Harbour for over 50 years and is a born and raised Toronto Island native.

A Toronto Island Fishing Experience You Won’t Forget!

With over 50 years fishing and boating Lake Ontario, Captain Don is looking forward to having you on board for your Detour experience.

Our family has made it a tradition to take a tour of the harbour and islands every summer with Detour Fishing Toronto. The sights and scenery are amazing! The only way to see Toronto! It’s such a luxury to travel in a private boat with such comfort. Thank you Captain Don!

– Tom McCarthy / Milton, On

Who would have thought??? Salmon fishing from downtown Toronto!!! Annually I hire the Detour for salmon and the guys always put me on the fish. A learning experience every time from the comfort of their fishing vessel.

– Henry Mclean / Island Groove, Lake Simcoe

I booked Donny for my husband’s birthday for a half-day fishing charter. I also went along, and we both had an amazing time! Not only did we land some huge fish, but Donny was so knowledgeable about the local birds and island history that it made it such an amazing voyage for everyone on board.

– Lynn Weaver, RD, P.H.Ec.


Not only is Donny an amazing fishing Captain, he also knows the lay or the land in the Toronto Island area! He was able to show me hot spots throughout the island for birding purposes. It was awesome having a local show you the area, get some history and hear some wholesome “good ol’ boy” stories while exploring! It was an amazing time and we saw a wonderful variety of bird species!

Meaghan Nicole, Professional Birdwatcher


Donny is a warm and knowledgeable Captain and has always made the Detour experience a positive one. His passion for the sport is admirable and his love and excitement for every fish, palpable! His rig and equipment is fantastic and fits the needs for long hauls on the water, very clean, comfortable and provides amenities such as an onboard washroom and fridge! The boat also offers a shaded area and comfortable seating should you need to escape the sun! I have caught and seen so many big beautiful fish caught with Donny on the Detour. 10/10 would recommend!

Meaghan Nicole