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Saugeen River, ON fishing update.

Posted on June 4th, 2019

Wayne Sheridan reports. A cold wet spring has kept river levels high and cold. This has been a challenge for many fishermen. We finally got out on the river Thursday evening and caught and released this nice brown trout. Insect hatches are just started to occur as we start to get some warmer weather. Let’s hope we don’t get too much more rain and that the rivers will get close to normal levels and temperatures.

Wayne Sheridan

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Fishing tackle now under threat of tariffs in US-China trade dispute.

Posted on May 30th, 2019

US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross yesterday underlined his department’s support of the fishing and boating industries – and took a swipe at China over tariffs.

Addressing the American Boating Congress in Washington D.C., he told delegates that he understood the importance of their business to the economy.

He said that his department has been working with recreational fishing and boating groups on initiatives from fisheries management to boating access.

Ross also said his department had recently appointed four representatives from the recreational fishing sector to sit on marine fisheries and advisory committees.

“We have signed a memorandum of understanding with four groups, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), to promote sustainable boating and fishing activities,” he added. “We’re also working on collaborative programmes with anglers to restore fishing habitat.”

He also cited the economic impact of outdoor recreation, which represents 2.2% of the total GDP of the US economy. “Boating and fishing are bigger than mining, agriculture and utilities,” he pointed out.

Ross said that ten million saltwater anglers contribute about $39 billion annually in sales and support 472,000 American jobs. The boating industry contributed $27 billion, of which $15.4 billion was spent on boats.

The secretary also made reference to the tariffs issue, concerns over which escalated on Monday when the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) revealed a list of imported Chinese products potentially subject to a 25% tariff. The list includes, but is not limited to, rods, reels, line, hooks, nets and artificial baits.

“China must stop flooding the global markets with government subsidised goods and working with state-sponsored industrial espionage,” said Ross. “We want China to discontinue its policies of forced technology transfer, with the reverse engineering of products, production and proliferation of counterfeits and dangerous things.”

(as reported in Angling International)

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Great Lakes Chinook fishing update.

Posted on May 28th, 2019

Southern Ontario anglers know that we have been served a very mixed bag of rain, wind, and sub-normal spring temperatures. Even though Lake Ontario waters are cold, Chinook Salmon fishing has been good. It would appear that the smelt are just starting to move in, but the Alewife are already near-shore and many of the Chinooks that have been caught have been full of them.

Capt. Aldo Nava of www.niagarafishingadventures.com has been doing well trolling off downriggers, Dipseys and even planer boards and fishing a mix of spoons, cut-plugs and flasher-fly combinations. Fish are scattered but hungry. As the weather starts to stabalize look for the salmon to move out a little deeper following the Alewife and Smelt back to deeper water.

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BC Fresh & Saltwater Fishing Update.

Posted on May 1st, 2019

This weeks feature image is of Amber Serbin with a nice Skeena River tributary summer-run Steelhead. Noel Gyger reports. Cloudy with showers with highs to +8 degrees C. I am sorry but have to say WE really need some rain. Skeena River is in fair shape. Spring-run Steelhead are being caught 🙂  Please be careful running your jet boat as water is very shallow. Kalum River is in fair shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Both fly and spin fishing are working well. Kitimat River is closed to Salmon fishing. Lots of open water now and the Steelhead will be coming soon. Zymoetz (Copper) River is like chocolate milk and really not fishable. If it was see this: Note the regulation: No Fishing upstream of the sign at the transmission line crossing (downstream of Zymoetz Canyon) Jan 1 – June 15. Steelhead fishing below this closure is still permitted. Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn, Dungness and Alaska King Crab is good out of Kitimat.

If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2018-19 contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca .

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Positive changes made to the Guide To Eating Ontario Fish.

Posted on April 22nd, 2019

For those that are unfamiliar with the resource, it states by waterbody how many meals you are able to eat of fish from Ontario waters without endangering yourself from the long term consequences of heavy metal poisoning and other toxins.

Due to previous consumption guidelines Chinook (king) salmon and other migratory fish species were most often categorized as NON-consumable due to their size and toxicity. As these fish were deemed non-consumable the practice of “gut’n’chuck” was fully legal as an angler is not permitted to allow consumable flesh go to waste. The only penalty someone who did ‘gut’n’chuck’ could face was littering if they left the carcass on the river bank, and did not dispose of the carcass in a receptacle.

If you are not familiar with what “gut’n’chuck” is, it is the practice of gutting a fish for the purpose of collecting its eggs (usually for bait or consumption). It is also known as ‘zippering’, and has some other colourful names.

With the updating of the consumption tables Chinook salmon are now listed as consumable for the majority of the size of fish you will see during the spawning run. This means that it is now ILLEGAL to “gut’n’chuck” where these tables have been updated.

So, why should anyone care about this update?

MNRF Officers would not show up to calls solely of fish being slit for their eggs because it was, most often, legal as the fish were most likely non-consumable and a waste of the officers time and their resources. With the fish now being listed as consumable for almost all sizes of salmon during the spawning run, MNRF officers can issues fines and penalties to those who offend, and will have to investigate into the calls and reports.

Will this solve the problem of folks gutting fish for eggs?

No. But now the MNRF is able to act instead of shrug their shoulders as there was not an illegal activity.

The issue still persists that there are not enough MNRF officers to provide adequate coverage. Until we have a provincial government that truly cares about our natural resources (except for greed and exploitation) that won’t change.

Here is a link to the Guide to Eating Ontario Fish:

https://www.ontario.ca/environment-and-…/eating-ontario-fish

Please note that the guidelines and tables are not the same for every waterbody.

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Goldfish booming in Hamilton Bay.

Posted on April 18th, 2019

Beneath the murky surface of Hamilton Harbour thousands of giant goldfish are teeming, tearing up vegetation and threatening native species. But now, thanks to a first of its kind study, researchers are have a new weapon in the battle to keep the harbour from becoming a giant goldfish bowl. It’s called acoustic telemetry. About a dozen of the fish were sedated and fitted with sound-emitting tags about the size of an AA battery, allowing scientists with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to track where they move.

“There’s only one other study of goldfish in a fresh water system and that’s in a river, so there are no other telemetry studies on goldfish in freshwater lakes,” explained aquatic research biologist Christine Boston. It might be hard to believe, but many of the bulky, pumpkin-coloured behemoths pulled from Cootes Paradise and other area wetlands most likely began their lives in fishbowls or backyard ponds. “Lots of people have goldfish as pets and don’t always get rid of them the right way,” said Jennifer Bowman, an aquatic ecologist with the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Burlington. “That’s how they got into these areas and they’ve been able to survive.”

Millions of eggs and an explosion of goldfish.

Not only survive, but thrive. In 2018, staff at Hamilton’s fishway —designed to keep carp out of the marsh— pulled out 1,690 goldfish. Three years ago, that number was closer to 2,500 large goldfish, along with about two million young. “They’re one of the most dominant fish in the fish community,” said Boston. “They’re in the top 10 for most abundant that we have.” That explosion of goldfish has only happened in the past decade or so.  The early 1990s saw just a few of the invaders, but in 2012 low water levels allowed researchers to pull out about 8,000 carp, allowing aquatic vegetation to grow like crazy, according to Bowman. With the carp gone and plenty of plants to scatter their eggs in, millions of baby goldfish were born. A mature female goldfish can lay up to 100,000 eggs, said Bowman, and they’re capable of spawning multiple times in a season. “When there’s a million babies produced, even if not of them survive that’s still a lot of fishing growing up.” – Article courtesy CBC News

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Bad news for Canadian fish: Fewer people are fishing them.

Posted on April 16th, 2019

A prominent Ottawa biologist wants more of us to pick up a fishing rod and reconnect with nature as a way of protecting our lakes and rivers and the wildlife in them. Steven Cooke of Carleton University says the latest survey from Fisheries and Oceans Canada shows a problem: Fishing is at risk of becoming an old man’s pastime. Released two weeks ago, the Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada, 2015 shows that the sport fishing population “continues to age. So we are failing to recruit new anglers,” he said. Fewer hooks in the water may sound like good news for fish, but Cooke says it is not.

“That is alarming to me in that it suggests that people are becoming disconnected with nature. In the future, the idea of fishing, and hunting presumably as well, will just be foreign to a lot of people because everybody will be living in cities and focused on technology, and not having access to the natural world,” he said.

“So as a conservation scientist, the fact that there is an aging angling population is troubling.” Sport fishers remain 79 per cent male, which is the traditional proportion, the DFO survey suggests. Cooke said he feels the marketing of fishing could use some new ideas, and they don’t all have a lot to do with catching a fish. “It’s about providing a leisure experience that allows people to connect with their friends and families, and spend time outdoors. … The fish are a reason to come together.” DFO’s data from 2015 represent Canada’s 45th year of doing surveys at five-year intervals.  “Canada is the only country in the world that does a survey like this,” Cooke said. While other countries measure the economic impact of fishing — on tourism, for instance — Canada stands alone in analyzing what people catch, what they release and the biological aspect of fishing. And he said the national survey contains such extensive detail that provinces and territories can pull out data on small areas, not just national trends. “So based on the survey, what was the impact on Lake Simcoe or Eastern Lake Ontario?” Cooke, who has a Canada Research Chair in environmental science and biology, is part of an international team who contend the management of sports fisheries needs a makeover. They published a paper this week in a science journal called Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Recreational fishing was worth $7.9 billion to the Canadian economy in 2015, the DFO survey showed, including purchases such as boats, motors and lodging. This is more than double the value of commercial fishing (excluding fish farms). Yet Cooke said recreational fishing “flies under the radar.” And he argues that people involved in recreational fishing need a bigger voice in fisheries management by governments. His team’s paper argues that “the needs and peculiarities of (the world’s) 220 million recreational fishers have largely been ignored in international fisheries and conservation policy. This gives rise to conflicts and loss of social welfare, and is not conducive to the sustainable management of fish stocks.” – Article courtesy of Ottawa Citizen

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BC Fishing Update.

Posted on April 2nd, 2019

Noel Gyger reports. Mainly sunny with  highs to +13 degrees C. Skeena River is low and in good shape BUT forzen over in some spots but lots of open water now. Steelhead are being caught where you can find open accessible water 🙂  Please be careful running your jet boat as water is very shallow and be careful waking on the ice. Coho fishing closed October 31st. Tyee Test Fishery showed a record run of Steelhead last season. Kalum River is in fair shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Both fly and spin fishing are working well. Kitimat River is closed to Salmon fishing. Lots of open water now and the Steelhead will be coming soon. Zymoetz (Copper) River is in fair shape with some open water and Steelhead are being caught. Note this regulation: No Fishing upstream of the sign at the transmission line crossing (downstream of Zymoetz Canyon) Jan 1 – June 15. Steelhead fishing below this closure is still permitted. Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn, Dungness and Alaska King Crab is good out of Kitimat.

If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2018-19 you can contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca .

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BC Sportfishing update.

Posted on March 17th, 2019

Noel Gyger reports. Saturday light rain with highs to +6 degrees C. Sunday a mix of sun and clouds with highs to +10 degrees Celsius. Skeena River is low and in good shape BUT frozen over in some spots but lots of open water now. Steelhead are being caught where you can find open accessible water 🙂  Please be careful running your jet boat as water is very shallow and be careful waking on the ice. Coho fishing closed October 31st. Tyee Test Fishery showed a record run of Steelhead last season. Kalum River is in fair shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Both fly and spin fishing are working well. Kitimat River is closed to Salmon fishing. Lots of open water now and the Steelhead will be coming soon. Zymoetz (Copper) River is in fair shape with some open water and Steelhead are being caught. Note this regulation: No Fishing upstream of the sign at the transmission line crossing (downstream of Zymoetz Canyon) Jan 1 – June 15. Steelhead fishing below this closure is still permitted. Ocean fishing for Salmon,  Halibut, Prawn, Dungness and Alaska King Crab is good out of Kitimat.

If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2018-19 you can contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca .

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BC saltwater & freshwater fishing update.

Posted on March 20th, 2019

Feature images shows Tracey Hittel with a trophy BC tributary Chinook salmon.

Noel Gyger reports. Mix of sun and clouds with highs to +3 degrees Celsius by Sunday. Skeena River is low and in good shape BUT mostly frozen over in some spots. Steelhead are being caught where you can find open accessible water 🙂  Please be careful running your jet boat as water is very shallow and be careful waking on the ice. Coho fishing closed October 31st. Tyee Test Fishery showed a record run of Steelhead this season.  Coho run was way down this year. Kalum River is in fair shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Both fly and spin fishing are working well. Kitimat River is closed to Salmon fishing and is just about all frozen over. Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape (mostly frozen over) and Steelhead are being caught in open water. Note this regulation: No Fishing upstream of the sign at the transmission line crossing (downstream of Zymoetz Canyon) Jan 1 – June 15. Steelhead fishing below this closure is still permitted. Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn, Dungness and Alaska King Crab is good out of Kitimat.

If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2018-19 contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca  .

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