October 23, 2016

Walleye on Late December Ice

Late December is a good time to start the Walleye ice fishing. But safety and comfort is more important than that delectable bite. Here are some great safety, comfort and fishing tips from Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz in Ontario Fishing Network article, Icing Prime Time Walleyes.

October 19, 2016

Sturgeon Poaching in the Great Lakes has Ontario and U.S. Authorities Appealing for Help

Great Lake Sturgeon poaching is the target of stepped-up efforts by Ontario and U.S. authorities.

Unfertilized roe is illicitly harvested and sold on the black market.

"One big sturgeon could be worth almost $200,000,' said Marc Gaden of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission in Ann Arbor, Michigan. "If you see something suspicious, say something. If you see caviar sold in a store and it doesn’t seem right, say something," says Gaden.

"We’re one of the primary jurisdictions where this is happening," said Dave Forster, president of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers, which runs a toll-free line for anonymous tips at 1-800-222-8477.

"In the wild, conservation officers such as Dave Hamlin of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry spend time in the bush looking for telltale signs of poaching.They include large pools of blood on the ground, piles of heavy fishing line needed for sturgeon, and, in some cases, sturgeon tied up along a riverbank and kept alive until a buyer can be contacted."

Read more in TheStar.com 

June 05, 2016

Some Super Good Tips for Pike and Muskie

There are lots of super good tips for presentation and altering your lures in this In-Fisherman article, Pike & Muskie Fishing Tips and Tricks.

As I fish with a lot of spoons, I especially like this tip:
Penny prefers to replace trebles with barbless single hooks, often in 5/0 and 6/0 size. “Hook size for swimbaits isn’t as critical as it is for spoons,” he says. “They could be a couple of sizes larger or smaller. For spoons, you want them large enough that when you lay the hook down on the concave side of the spoon, it doesn’t extend beyond the sides of the spoon but comes as close as possible.”

May 12, 2016

The Sanctity of Fishing

A good read.

Granted, not about fishing in Northern Ontario. And perhaps too much about bass and live wells.

But I feel Jason's points about social media taking some of the joy out of fishing AND, as importantly, hurting our fisheries, are valid. I see way too many fish hanging on a stringer off a boat or a dock (not so many live wells in the far north where I fish) waiting until everyone in the party gets back to camp so the overwhelming number of fish can be put into one social media photo. Sadly, the desire to have as many fish as possible in one photo has caused many to have fish still in the refrigerator or cooler two days later when, instead, they could have eaten fresh fish every day.

Ego and fishing may not be compatible.

Read the entire article at Wired2Fish

April 12, 2016

Mattagami First Nation Spring Walleye Tournament

The Mattagami First Nation Spring Walleye Tournament is really stepping up it's game this year.

June 4-5, Mattagami Lake. 

"With the first place prize of $10,000.00 dollars, payouts to the top 25 placing and now live broadcasting from the tournament it's going to be another great tournament held by Mattagami First Nation Walleye Tournament to help kick off the first Northern Ontario Walleye Trail event for the 2016 season."

Source: TimminsToday

February 27, 2016

Interesting Research on Mercury Levels in N Ontario's Fish

Walleye, Northern Pike and Lake Trout (top predatory fish) are showing increased mercury levels according to a U of T study. Because these three are predator fish, they will show higher levels of mercury because they are feeding on other fish also with mercury.

The study looked at trends of mercury levels in these 3 fish over the past 15 years and used those trends to project where levels will be in 2050.

According to U of T Scarborough Professor George Arhonditsis: "If levels continue to rise, it could pose significant health risks to both the fish and the people consuming them."

"The study is unique because of the richness of data obtained through the Province’s long-running Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program. Not only did it cover a large geographical area but more than 200,000 measurements of fish mercury levels were taken across the province, even including remote locations only accessible by plane."

The article goes on the say that there is a common misunderstanding that mercury levels would be falling because we believe that most mercury pollution comes from human activities and we have seriously cut back on mercury emissions.

But Dr. Nilima Gandhi goes on to say that mercury is a natural element and can be due to natural events as well as human activity. Also, while we have cleaned up our human-caused mercury emissions, some of what is now getting into the river and lake system came from past emissions landed and sat on soil for many years. This contamination only enters the water system by erosion caused by something like a forest fire for example.

This does not negate the fact that mercury is highly toxic. A fetus and children are especially vulnerable.

Source: BayToday.ca

February 23, 2016

Ontario Ice Fishing Ice Conditions

It's always best to be safe and check with someone who knows the ice conditions before going out.

It has been kind of a crazy year for ice conditions. And with the changing weather, we're all getting a little eager to get in some end-of-ice fishing.

Here's a list of ice fishing conditions and who to check with before you head out. Updated every Thursday: Ontario Ice Fishing Report