• Chinook Salmon Closures: a Harbinger of Closures to Come

    Chinook Salmon Closures: a Harbinger of Closures to Come

    According to the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the drastic 2019 restrictions on Chinook salmon fishing will negatively impact over 9,000 jobs at tackle stores, fishing lodges, marinas and other tourism operations. 26% of these businesses believe they will have to close this year or next. As serious as this [...]

  • National Fishing Week 2019

    National Fishing Week 2019

    Once again the Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation (CNSF) is encouraging Canadians to join the tradition that connects us from coast, to coast, to coast, and participate in National Fishing Week. National Fishing Week is June 29th to July 7th, 2019. It is an annual event that helps Canadians experience the [...]

  • Jason Barnucz | Champions of Recreational Fishing

    Jason Barnucz | Champions of Recreational Fishing

    Jason Barnucz is a fisheries biologist, a fishing ambassador, and an avid angler. As part of his job with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, he can spend 100 days or more on the water. Added to the time he gets to spend teaching, volunteering and fishing for fun, Jason spends almost [...]

  • “Big” Jim McLaughlin | Champions of Recreational Fishing

    “Big” Jim McLaughlin | Champions of Recreational Fishing

    Jim McLaughlin has been part of the recreational fishing community for over 30 years. Affectionately known as "Big" Jim, he is a respected veteran of the industry, as well as a much-loved mentor to children and young anglers entering the sport. He is currently a spokesperson for National Fishing Week, [...]

  • Averie Rose Bonin | Champions of Recreational Fishing

    Averie Rose Bonin | Champions of Recreational Fishing

    The DFO released the 2015 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada in February 2019. It revealed some interesting insight into the fishing industry. According to the data, males made up 79% of all resident anglers. As well, the survey revealed that most anglers are over 45. One young angler is hoping to change these stats. Twelve-year-old Averie Rose [...]

Expedia’s Best Places to Fish in Canada

January 7th, 2019|Categories: Fun, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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Ontario Cancels Scheduled 2019 Fishing Licence Fee Increase

December 18th, 2018|Categories: Issues, KCF Exclusive, News, Ontario|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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, [...]

South Vancouver Island Fishing Bans Proposed for This Summer

December 13th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News, West|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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

December 11th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News, West|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management From Anglers’ Perspective

December 4th, 2018|Categories: Elevating Recreational Fishing, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

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

December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Maritimes, News|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

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

November 28th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News, Prairies, West|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

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

November 27th, 2018|Categories: Elevating Recreational Fishing, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

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. [...]

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

November 26th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News, West|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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Letter to Minister Jonathan Wilkinson Re: Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada

November 20th, 2018|Categories: Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 November 8, 2018 Dear Minister Wilkinson: Every five years, a survey of recreational fishing in [...]

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Canadians’ Access to Fishing Could Close Permanently

November 20th, 2018|Categories: Elevating Recreational Fishing, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Will you be able to take your kids fishing in 5 years? When you look at trends in fishing closures, maybe not. It might sound like the plot of a Mission Impossible film, but there [...]

Protection Zones: One Size Does Not Fit All

November 13th, 2018|Categories: Elevating Recreational Fishing, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Where fisheries closures arise, supporting scientific data is curiously absent. Last week we outlined the seven components of the North American Conservation Model. Included in that list are three crucial guidelines: that regulations be based [...]

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