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Trout Season Opens at St. Johns Conseration Area, Niagara

Posted on Friday, April 24, 2009

Jack & Drew hold up a stringer of spring trout.  Fishing stocked ponds is ideal to have children enjoy catching trout.
Jack & Drew hold up a stringer of spring trout. Fishing stocked ponds is ideal to have children enjoy catching trout.

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority invites the public to join us on Saturday April 25, 2009 at St. Johns Conservation Area for the opening of Trout season.  The first cast will take place at 12:00 noon. A valid Fishing Licence is required and conservation limits will apply.  Check the Ontario Fishing Regulations for further information 

 

 

 

Tony D’Amario, CAO/Secretary-Treasurer of the Conservation Authority comments “fishing is a popular activity and St. Johns Conservation Area offers a perfect setting for this sport.  Each year, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority stocks the pond with Rainbow Trout, in an effort to provide anglers of all ages an opportunity to fish in Niagara’s own coldwater stream, while enjoying the scenic beauty of St. Johns.”  He adds “the Conservation Authority has provided this opportunity for the public to enjoy since 1963.  This year, in celebration of the Conservation Authority’s 50th Anniversary, board and staff members will be on hand to host a hot dog barbeque on opening day.”  

 

In addition to fishing, the site features wheelchair accessible facilities and an abundance of natural beauty and scenic trails.   Visitors can enjoy the unique network of trails in the Carolinian Forest Tulip tree stand and variety of songbirds, making it an ideal spot for those who enjoy a quiet appreciation of nature.

 

Admission is FREE and voluntary donations are encouraged.  Funds raised will be used for an exciting new re-development project at Jordan Harbour.  Information will be on display at the event.

 

St. Johns Conservation Area is nestled on the border of Fonthill and Thorold.  Directions: To reach St. Johns from the QEW Niagara take Exit 57 (Victoria Avenue) and travel south to Hwy. 20.  Turn east (left) and proceed to Pelham Street in Fonthill.  Travel north (left) on Pelham Street to where it joins with Hollow & Barron Roads.  Follow the lane way ahead to the park entrance.

 

For more info., contact: Mary Stack, Director, Communications  (905) 788-3135 ext. 242

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Upper NY Tributary Conditions

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2009

 

Ron Bierstine operates the Orleans Outdoor Store and also offers fishing accomodations and guiding services in upper NY.
Ron Bierstine operates the Orleans Outdoor Store and also offers fishing accomodations and guiding services in upper NY.

Ron Bierstine reports: Thanks to all who helped for the Oak Orchard River spring clean-up on Sat, Apr 18. Volunteers included John, Cheyrl and Josh from Lake Alice Cottages, D. Agness, Professor John and the Licorice Man who picked up trash along the stream from the Waterport dam to the Archer’s Club and the Town of Carlton parking area.

Oak Orchard turbine flows are so far hanging in at slightly better fishable levels compared to other smaller waterways that have been dropping down low. Water color is going mostly clear with approx 3 feet of visibility. The rain and cool temps thru this week has perked flows up only slightly. There is a forecasted unseasonable warm-up thru the upcoming weekend. Seasonal Erie Canal water feed should commence soon toward the end of this month and that should start some smallmouth bass spawning migrations. Anglers can target these feisty fighters now before the season opener on a catch and release basis. Anglers can still get in on some late season action with a few steelhead hook-ups. Right now anglers putting in something like a day’s effort usually getting a few hook-ups by intercepting some drop back fish or being lucky enough to come across a few fresh steelhead. River mouth and shoreline casting action is underway with spoon casters taking advantage of slowly warming in-shore waters. The action is mostly for hungry brown trout with a few Coho’s or steelhead in the mix. Persistent east or north winds can make for slower action.  For more info., you can contact Ron at, info@orleansoutoors.com .

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Trophy Israel Amberjacks

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Ofer shows off a trophy Amberjack he landed yesterday fishing out from Tel Aviv, Israel.
Ofer shows off a trophy Amberjack he landed yesterday fishing out from Tel Aviv, Israel.

 

Jean-Jaques Ohayon reports: We are continuing to catch trophy Amberjacks fishing in the Mediterranean Sea between Tel Aviv & Ashdod, Israel.  Speed-jigging with 300-450 gram vertical jigging spoons have worked well, as well as using live bait near the bottom.  We are catching the Amberjacks fishing ship-wrecks in 80+ meters of water.

If you would like to know more about fishing Israel’s saltwater, you can contact Jean-Jaques at, marlin1@zahav.net.il .

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This week on TSN, catching bass, pike & walleye.

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2009

On this week’s TSN broadcast join Italo & his guests, Yehuda Alcaslasy and Amir Gissin, Israel’s Consul General for Toronto and Western Canada as they take you crankbait fishing for largemouth bass, walleye, pike and gar pike on Big Bay, Bay of Quinte, ON.  You will get excellent tips on choosing the right crankbait and presentaiton tips to help you locate and catch multi-species of fish feeding in open-water near aquatic vegetation.

 

 

 

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Niagara River Update

Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2009
Italo & Anthony show-off the only fish they caught on Sunday fishing below Niagara Falls.
Italo & Anthony show-off the only fish they caught on Sunday fishing below Niagara Falls.

 

 

 

The ice has cleared out of the Niagara River.  Anglers are reporting that the smell run is on in the lower Niagara River.  Most anglers are catching smelt, but in smaller numbers.   The most popular spot on the lower Niagara right now is the Queenston Boat Launch area.   Water conditions has been fluctuating from clear to 2′ visibility.  I had a chance to fish below the falls on Sunday and the water conditions looked perfect.  I only hooked and landed one fish, a silver 5 lb. female.  With heavy rain forecast for the early part of this week, tributary waters will be rising and becoming turbid again which will enable another run of rainbows to run up most of our Lake Ontario tributary streams.

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