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

January 22, 2016

2016 Wawa Ice Fishing Derby

The 2016 Wawa Ice Fishing Derby is March 4 - 6. It's not too early to register as it's limited to 1,400 registrants.

With over $100,000 in prizes, you'll want to be at this event. The registration prize is a 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 Quad Cab.

January 14, 2016

Parks Canada Celebrates 150th

Parks Canada is waiving all entrance fees in 2017 to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. Source: Notable.ca