August 24, 2015

Nipissing First Nation Council Moves to Close Commercial Walleye Fishery

"Nipissing First Nation (NFN) remains committed to the stewardship of Lake Nipissing and conserving the walleye fishery. On Monday, August 17th, NFN’s Chief and Council met to review reports and recommendations from NFN’s Natural Resources Department and decided to close the commercial walleye fishery effective at noon on August 22nd. This closure will remain in effect until the end of the 2016 Spring Fisheries moratorium."

Details Here
and Here 

August 12, 2015

Crown Land Camping

Is your next fishing trip going to include some Crown Land Camping? Here's what you need to know:

Canadian Residents:
  • Can camp for free up to 21 days at any one site in a calendar year.
  • Check if camping is allowed in a Conservation Reserve
Non-Residents 18 years and older:
  • Must be a non-resident camping permit to camp on Crown Land north of the French and Mattawa Rivers or in a Conservation Reserve anywhere in the province, unless otherwise prohibited.
  • Can camp up to 21 days at any one site in a calendar year.
  • Camping is NOT allowed in designated Green Zones 
  • Check if camping is allowed in a Conservation Reserve 
Non-Residents 18 years and older do NOT need a permit if you:
  • Rent a camping unit (tent, trailer, etc.) from a person who conducts business in Ontario
  • or your spouse owns property in Ontario
  • carry out duties as part of employment in Canada
  • stay on watercraft equipped for overnight accommodation, anchored over Provincial Crown Land covered by water. Stays are limited to 21 days.
  • are a charitable or non-profit group that is authorized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to camp. To confirm eligibility, call 1-855-613-4256 well in advance of your trip.
Camping Permits cost $9.35 + tax per person per night.
You can buy your permit online, from participating ServiceOntario centres or from an authorized license issuer.

For more information about camping at a Provincial Park, see the Ontario Parks website.

Before starting a campfire, check local fire warnings and restrictions in the area.

Find out what activities you can participate in in each Conservation Reserve. In some areas you cannot use motorized vehicles.

Crown Land Use Policy Atlas

Please act responsibly. Thanks!

July 21, 2015

Long-Nose Gar

In lake spring and early summer their adhesive, and poisonous, eggs cling to stalks of grass. Within weeks, they can reach a foot long. Most anglers use a nylon rope lure. Always spot your prey first before casting within 6 inches of the predator's eye.

Source: Northern Ontario Travel
Has catching a long-nose gar been on your bucket list? Read On....

July 07, 2015

Freezing Fish

Personally, I'd rather eat what I catch and then go back out and catch more. Frozen fish does not even compare to fresh fish.

But if you've got to freeze fish, this is an excellent way to do so, especially if you're traveling some distance with your frozen fish in a cooler.

And I'd love to hear your thoughts? To freeze or not to freeze? What's your preference? And when you do freeze, what's your method? 

June 30, 2015

Fish License Free During National Fishing Week

Canada's National Fishing Week, Catch Fishing, is Saturday, July 4 through Sunday, July 12. Regulations still apply, but no license is necessary.

Check out some of these Ontario Events during this week for places to introduce your friends and family to fishing.

June 21, 2015

Plan Your Low-Impact Fishing Trip

Photo Source: CBC News

So you're heading to camp or the cottage for a weekend, week, or longer fishing trip. Plan for low-impact and avoid bush dumps or toting all that trash home.

Here are 15 tips for keeping the bush the bush and making your fishing trips a little more environmentally friendly.
  1. Bring only what you need. Plan well. 
  2. Buy fresh foods at a farmers' market and bring your own bag.
  3. Remove excess packaging and recycle it before you leave. For instance, a lot of food is put in a plastic bag, then inside inside a cardboard box that is wrapped in plastic on the outside. (See 2 and 4)
  4. Buy in bulk in refillable and reusable containers you are happy to take home. 
  5. No plastic wrap, please.
  6. Even if you have electricity, brew your coffee with something other than K-cups. A perk coffee pot with a reusable filter is perfect.
  7. Avoid travel-size containers for soap, shampoo, lotions, toothpaste. etc. Put all that in your own refillable containers. Better yet, encourage bulk containers to be left at camp or the cottage.
  8. Bring or install a water filter. If it's your camp, install one. If you are visiting, a simple backpacking water filter works fine for a week. HINT: The person who sits on the porch enjoying the view and pumping lake water from one bucket to another is excused from cooking and dishes. Bottled water is a huge environmental burden.It is estimated that over 3 liters of water are used to manufacture 1 liter of bottled water. 
  9. Choose reusable drink containers. An insulated cup that can be taken out in the boat or used at camp is perfect. Red Solo cups are not camp friendly, even if you do write your names on them.
  10. Whether you buy fishing equipment, cooking equipment, camp chairs, toys or anything else to take to camp or use at camp, buy quality items. These things should last numerous seasons and not end up in the trash at the end of your trip. 
  11. Take your reusable bait boxes to the bait shop and avoid all those little plastic disposable containers.
  12. Bring reusable dishes, cutlery and glasses. In most cases, your camp or cottage will have all that waiting for you. If you're camping, ask each person to bring his or her own place setting. Yup, you've got to do dishes. Enjoy the process and teach the kids.
  13. Bring all recycling back with you. Yes, I know, it's a pain in the butt. Just do it. You'll be a better person for it. Assign someone to be in charge of a recycling system. If you think about it before you leave, you'll be surprised at how little recycling you have to do.
  14. Choose a spot far enough away and compost vegetables only. No meat, cheese, grease, animal waster and other bear-attracting items, please. 
  15. If it's not your camp, ask the owners if they recycle or compost. Use your best judgement if they say yes to recycling. Some camps say they do when it really goes into the camp dump. You'll know if you pay attention. And asking helps educate others and raise their level of consciousness.