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Recreational Fishing Now Free for Canadian Armed Forces Members

As of January 1, 2019, all veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members residing in Ontario can enjoy recreational fishing across the province without having to purchase a fishing licence. A news release published earlier this month confirmed the Ontario Government's earlier promise to make fishing easier for Canadians. With this regulatory change, all Canadian Armed Forces members can fish without a licence throughout the year. "Our government is working to show appreciation for veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members, helping make it easier and more affordable to enjoy recreational fishing," said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. "By allowing veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members to fish for free in Ontario's beautiful waters and encourage more time outdoors, we are offering a token of recognition to these heroes who deserve our respect and gratitude. Thank you for your service." For more information, call the Natural Resources Information and Support Centre at 1-800-667-1940 . Keep Canada Fishing is the national voice of Canada’s anglers, and we lead the effort to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our lakes, oceans, rivers and streams. By informing anglers of current and potential issues and threats affecting recreational fishing and access to public waters, our goal is to motivate anglers to take action on matters of importance to the future of fishing and conservation. We’re also your voice on Parliament Hill. If you would like to contribute to our efforts to “Keep Canada Fishing,” you can donate now via PayPal.

Expedia’s Best Places to Fish in Canada

Originally published by Expedia.ca, December 11, 2018 By Carolyn Albee Canada has the most lakes of any country in the world—and don’t even get us started on the coastline. All that water might help explain why fishing is a big deal here. In a recent survey, nearly 50% of respondents listed fishing as a favourite pastime. That also means lots of choices when you’re in search of the best fishing in Canada. [Expedia.ca] scoured social media sites, like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, to find the places that garnered the most attention, then listed them by mentions per capita and popularity. Whether you’re in search of heart-pounding saltwater salmon runs or the ultimate relaxing ice fishing trip, you’ll find your inspiration here. 1. Port Hardy, BC Best time to fish: July – Sept What you’ll catch: Halibut, herring, salmon 2. Elbow, SK Best time to fish: Year-round What you’ll catch: Sturgeon, trout, northern pike, walleye, perch 3. Great Slave Lake, NT Best time to fish: Year-round What you’ll catch: Lake trout, northern pike, whitefish, Arctic grayling 4. Selkirk, MB Best time to fish: May – Sept What you’ll catch: Huge channel catfish!   5. Lake Louise & Banff, AB Best time to fish: June – Sept What you’ll catch: Brook trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout. All. The. Trout. 6. Nipigon, ON Best time to fish: Spring and fall What you’ll catch: Brook trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, walleye, salmon, northern pike 7. Flin Flon, MB Best time to fish: January – April What you’ll catch: Lake trout, burbot, northern pike, whitefish 8. Tofino, BC Best time to fish: April – Oct What you’ll catch: Salmon, halibut, yelloweye, cutthroat trout   9. Peterborough, ON Best time to fish: Year-round What you’ll catch: Northern [...]

Ontario Cancels Scheduled 2019 Fishing Licence Fee Increase

The Ontario Government announced today that it will be canceling a scheduled fishing licence fee increase, as well as removing the $2 service fee. "Next year, whether renewing a licence or purchasing for the first time, there will be no price hike and no service fee. This will put $2.7 million back into the pockets of the hard-working people of Ontario," said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. The Ministry also revealed that two new licence-free fishing events will be held in 2019. Now Ontario residents will be able to fish without a licence on Mother's Day, May 12, and Father's Day, June 16. "Recreational fishing is a $2.2 billion industry in Ontario," said Minister Yakabuski. "People come from all over the world to experience what this beautiful province has to offer, including fishing in our many lakes, rivers and streams, and we are helping the people of this province and their families do the same." For more information on the fishing licence fee in Ontario, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/fishing. Keep Canada Fishing is the national voice of Canada’s anglers, and we lead the effort to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our lakes, oceans, rivers and streams. By informing anglers of current and potential issues and threats affecting recreational fishing and access to public waters, our goal is to motivate anglers to take action on matters of importance to the future of fishing and conservation. We’re also your voice on Parliament Hill. If you would like to contribute to our efforts to “Keep Canada Fishing,” you can donate now via PayPal.

South Vancouver Island Fishing Bans Proposed for This Summer

Originally published by CHEK, December 12, 2018 By: Skye Ryan [British Columbia] is now proposing summer fishing bans for most streams and rivers on southern Vancouver Island including the Cowichan, as drought conditions persist. Biologists say that fishing is adding one more strike against fish stocks that are already struggling in warming waters and low stream flows. “And what we’ve seen is a pattern,” said Brendan Anderson, a fisheries biologist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resources. “Where in the southern portion of Vancouver Island most systems will undergo some period of stressful condition,” said Anderson. So instead of responding in emergency closures like in years past, biologists are proposing putting blanket summer closures on angling in South Island rivers and streams to encourage compliance and prevent surprises to the public. To watch the video and learn more about the proposed fishing bans on Vancouver Island, visit cheknews.ca. Keep Canada Fishing is the national voice of Canada’s anglers, and we lead the effort to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our lakes, oceans, rivers and streams. By informing anglers of current and potential issues and threats affecting recreational fishing and access to public waters, our goal is to motivate anglers to take action on matters of importance to the future of fishing and conservation. We’re also your voice on Parliament Hill. If you would like to contribute to our efforts to “Keep Canada Fishing,” you can donate now via PayPal.

December 13th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News, West|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on South Vancouver Island Fishing Bans Proposed for This Summer

B.C. angler ‘overwhelmed’ at winning lake access case against billionaire ranch, Douglas Lake Cattle Company

Originally published by Vancouver Sun, December 8, 2018 By TIFFANY CRAWFORD A B.C. angler who took on an American billionaire ranch owner in a David and Goliath battle for public access to a lake says he’s shocked at winning the case. “We are in disbelief right now but very happy,” Rick McGowan, director of the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club, said the day after the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in the club’s favour. McGowan’s club took the Douglas Lake Cattle Company to court two years ago after the company in the 1990s blocked access to Stoney and Minnie lakes on the Douglas Lake Ranch near Merritt. McGowan said the court’s decision is precedent-setting and will mean the people of B.C. have a right to access all public places in the province. In a ruling posted Friday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Joel Groves said the provincial government retained rights to the lakes, making the fish in the lakes public property. The ruling means the public has a right to access the lakes. Groves concluded that province breached its obligations to the citizens of B.C. when the cattle company unilaterally closed a public road and “no government official had the wherewithal to insist that the lock on the gate be removed.” “We always knew what evidence we had and the law, but it was just how we were going to get the government and the private land owners to acknowledge that the law is there and they have to abide by it. And the judge now has confirmed that,” said McGowan, on Saturday. “I know a few people were headed up there to go fishing today. So I’m sure that lock has been removed one way or another.” The ranch [...]

December 11th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News, West|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on B.C. angler ‘overwhelmed’ at winning lake access case against billionaire ranch, Douglas Lake Cattle Company

Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management From Anglers’ Perspective

The Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association strongly supports scientifically based management of our marine and freshwater resources. Anglers (and hunters) fund conservation and lead all other groups in efforts to benefit fish and wildlife, including species that are not harvested. They have a long history of making sacrifices for the betterment of the resource. These accommodations have sometimes included targeted closures where the science has clearly indicated they are the best solutions to protect fish and sensitive habitat. However, as outlined in an earlier article, very little pertinent research is contributed to recent closures and proposed closures. Zoning of public access to the nation's waters based on arbitrary percentage formulas, purchased ‘science,’ and European ‘values’ is not acceptable, not credible and not in the interest of Canadians. The establishment of any protected area regardless of its level of restrictions should: Be based on the best scientific information available. Include criteria to assess the conservation benefits of the closed area. Establish a timetable for review of the closed area’s performance that is consistent with the initial purpose for creating the closure, and remove closure designation once the management goals are achieved. Allow for recreational fishing to continue whenever possible. Acknowledge and allow for the significant differences between the often severe impacts on habitat and fish populations from some commercial fishing harvest methods compared to the minimal effects from recreational fishing practices. Be based on an assessment of the benefits and impacts of the closure, including its size, in relation to other management measures (either alone or in combination with such measures), including the benefits and impacts of limiting access to: users of the area, overall fishing activity, fishery science, and fishery and marine conservation. Go to Article [...]

December 4th, 2018|Categories: Elevating Recreational Fishing, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management From Anglers’ Perspective

Newfoundlanders remember former president George H.W. Bush’s fishing trips to Labrador

Originally published on Tri-City News From The Canadian Press, December 3, 2018 ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Some prominent Newfoundlanders are reflecting on the late George H.W. Bush and his affection for the fishing trips he made to the province. The former U.S. president passed away on Friday at the age of 94 and will be laid to rest in a state funeral Wednesday at Washington's National Cathedral. Bush was an avid angler and often visited Labrador, where he fished at Adlatok River in the 1990s with Newfoundland businessmen Harry Steele and the late Craig Dobbin of Universal Helicopters. John Steele says his father Harry was with Dobbin at Adlatok Camp, which Bush visited after the Atlantic Salmon Federation contacted his father in the early 90s asking if he could host the president. He says Steele asked Dobbin if he could host, and his friend renovated the camp especially for the trip and went on to form a lasting relationship with Bush. To read the rest of this article about George H.W. Bush and his affection fishing in Labrador, visit tricitynews.com. Keep Canada Fishing is the national voice of Canada’s anglers, and we lead the effort to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our lakes, oceans, rivers and streams. By informing anglers of current and potential issues and threats affecting recreational fishing and access to public waters, our goal is to motivate anglers to take action on matters of importance to the future of fishing and conservation. We’re also your voice on Parliament Hill. If you would like to contribute to our efforts to “Keep Canada Fishing,” you can donate now via PayPal.

December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Maritimes, News|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Newfoundlanders remember former president George H.W. Bush’s fishing trips to Labrador

50% drop in rainbow trout puts Bow River’s ‘world-renowned’ sport fishery at risk

Originally published by CBC News, Nov 26, 2018 By Sarah Rieger The Bow River likely won't be able to support its "world-renowned" recreational fishery in future as the river's rainbow trout population is in drastic decline, according to a new study. From 2003 to 2013, the population of rainbow trout in the river dropped between 43 and 50 per cent, biologists from the University of Calgary and the provincial government found in the study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Rainbow trout were first stocked in the Bow River nearly 100 years ago. Thousands of anglers flock to Calgary each year — some from around the globe — bringing in an estimated $24.5 million to the local economy, said PhD student Chris Cahill, the lead author on the study. "There were some pretty large declines in the numbers of adult rainbow trout in the lower Bow River, and we believe if those trends continue, it's probably unlikely the river will be able to support the world-renowned rainbow trout fishery in the future," said Cahill. "It's a blue-ribbon rainbow trout fishery and that was how the Bow River actually became famous originally. So it's certainly concerning." To read the rest of this article about rainbow trout number dropping in the Bow River, visit cbc.ca. Keep Canada Fishing is the national voice of Canada’s anglers, and we lead the effort to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our lakes, oceans, rivers and streams. By informing anglers of current and potential issues and threats affecting recreational fishing and access to public waters, our goal is to motivate anglers to take action on matters of importance to the future of fishing and conservation. We’re also your voice on Parliament Hill. If you [...]

November 28th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News, Prairies, West|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on 50% drop in rainbow trout puts Bow River’s ‘world-renowned’ sport fishery at risk

8 Million Anglers Left in the Dark: Why Don’t We Get a Say in Fishing Closures?

Why are US environmental groups invited to the table while Canadian stakeholders are not? Canada boasts 8 million anglers. These 8 million anglers generate an annual economy of $9 billion in support of their passion. Recreational fishing supports jobs in tourism, transportation, retail goods, boating, vehicle sales, ATV’s and snowmobiles. The taxes generated on multiple levels as a result of people fishing are substantial. Even so, the federal government has not always viewed sustainable recreational fishing as an important part of the Canadian economy. The Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA) is the only national recreational fishing industry organization in Canada. Representing retailers, manufacturers and sales agencies, the CSIA works closely with sister trade organization, The American Sportfishing Association, on issues of mutual interest. Many of the U.S. Environmental Non-Government Organizations (ENGOs) and benefactors which threaten the future of fishing access in Canada are engaged in identical campaigns back home. The contrast, however, is in transparency. Even after asking to be included in discussions concerning major policy or legislative initiatives which directly impact fishing, CSIA is never invited to the table. U.S. ENGOs, on the other hand, are welcomed as "stakeholders" by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). Before an accountable, transparent and fairly balanced stakeholder policy process can be established at DFO and ECCC, there must be full disclosure by these agencies of the existing funding, partners, maps and plans involved in ongoing policies and plans concerning MPAs. Go to Article 1: Funds from U.S. ENGOs Threaten Your Right to Fish Go to Article 2: The North American Model of Conservation Go to Article 3: Protection Zones: One Size Does Not Fit All Go to Article 4: Canadians’ Access to Fishing [...]

November 27th, 2018|Categories: Elevating Recreational Fishing, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on 8 Million Anglers Left in the Dark: Why Don’t We Get a Say in Fishing Closures?

‘I am superbly worried’: West Coast fishermen await decision on restrictions meant to protect orcas

Originally Published by CBC, Nov 25, 2018 By Maryse Zeidler  A year after the Department of Fisheries and Oceans closed off several West Coast sports fishing area to protect orcas, fishermen say they're worried more closures are on the way along southern Vancouver Island. In 2017, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans closed several areas in the Juan de Fuca Strait to commercial and sport fishing between June and October. The closure was part of the DFO's efforts to protect a dwindling population of about 74 southern resident killer whales that feed on chinook salmon, which inhabit those waters in that time period. Ryan Chamberland, president of the Sooke Region Tourism Association and owner of the Vancouver Island Lodge, says more closures would devastate the small fishing villages along the coast. "Closing us down — ruining towns, everyone losing equity in their assets and properties, is not going to solve an issue, it's going to create a crisis," Chamberland said. "No one wants to lose their houses and jobs and and their way of lifestyle and opportunities to be on the water." The concerns of sports fishermen come at a time when some marine mammal experts say the closures might not even help the endangered southern resident killer whale. In November, Ottawa announced it wants to establish new areas of critical habitat off the west coast of Vancouver Island for southern resident killer whales — the Swiftsure Bank in the Juan de Fuca Strait between Vancouver Island and Washington state, and La Perouse Bank off Tofino, B.C. The DFO says it has consulted on the the critical habitat areas and it's still planning what fishing restrictions, if any, may be applied next year. Ottawa says designating the area as a critical habitat would also enable it to restrict other activities like whale watching and marine traffic, which [...]

November 26th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News, West|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on ‘I am superbly worried’: West Coast fishermen await decision on restrictions meant to protect orcas