Bob Izumi | Champions of Recreational Fishing

Bob Izumi is a Canadian fishing icon, and a true champion of recreational fishing. His fishing empire has made an indelible mark on the Canadian outdoors industry. In the early 1980s, Izumi became a household name with his television series, Bob Izumi's Real Fishing Show. He built on this success with a syndicated radio show and popular print magazine. He is also a Canada’s first full-time professional fisherman, and continues to compete and win championships throughout North America. Underscoring all of Bob's successes is his cheerful personality and passion for the sport -- one which he continues to support, promote, and participate in with unyielding enthusiasm. Over the next few months we will be chatting with Canadian anglers who contribute to the overall success of sportfishing as a heritage activity. We're pleased to have Bob kick off this ongoing series. Who introduced you to fishing? Can you describe any fond memories you may have of that experience? My father, Joe Izumi, used to take myself, my brother, two sisters and the neighbourhood kids to Rondeau Bay. We didn’t have a lot of money, didn’t have a boat and he raised us as a single parent. To forget his worries he’d take us fishing. At one time he had as many as nine of us crammed in a Volkswagen beetle to fish off the bank Do you remember the first fish you caught and where it was?  I definitely don’t remember my first fish but we used to catch lots of panfish off the shore. We definitely had a good teacher! My dad used to say “You can’t catch fish unless your bait is ion the water”…he was a very competitive person. Do you have a favourite place to [...]

January 28th, 2019|Categories: Champions of Recreational Fishing, Fun, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Bob Izumi | Champions of Recreational Fishing

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 [...]

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RCMP Officer To Compete in World Fly Fishing Championships

Originally published on CKPGToday, September 11, 2018 It's something he's been doing for over 50 years now, long before he joined the RCMP. Claude Cipelletti is a local officer who's been in the force for 16 years, but he also has a love for fly fishing. Next week, he's representing Canada at the World Fly Fishing Championships as the team Captain.  The three day affair will host approximately 30 national teams, who will be evaluated by number of fish caught and their combined length. The 38th annual world championship will be held in Italy from September 17th to the 23rd. The captain and his team are going this week to prepare, but they've been studying leading up to the event too. To view the video about Claude Cipelletti competing in the World Fly Fishing Championships, please visit ckpgtoday.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.

September 13th, 2018|Categories: Fun, News|Tags: |Comments Off on RCMP Officer To Compete in World Fly Fishing Championships

Licence-Free Fishing

Many provinces and territories in Canada host "licence-free fishing" weeks and weekends in an effort to get Canadians to try the sport. At Keep Canada Fishing, it is our belief that one of the best ways to keep the fishing tradition alive is to introduce it to somebody new. By encouraging young Canadians to appreciate the benefits of recreational fishing -- and our natural resources in general -- we foster a new generation of conservationists, nature lovers, anglers, and hunters. Fishing gives Canadians a reason to care about the resources their activities depend on. And as an $8 billion industry,  sustainable fishing not only benefits anglers -- it benefits all Canadians. During National Fishing Week three provinces host licence-free fishing days: Alberta‘s Family Fishing Days February 17, 18 and 19, 2018 July 7-8, 2018 403-297-6423 website Ontario‘s Family Fishing Week & Weekend February 17-19, 2018 June 30-July 8, 2018 800-667-1940 website Yukon‘s Free Fishing Weekend June 29-July 2, 2018 867-667-5721 website Other licence-free days vary by province: British Columbia’s Family Fishing Weekend June 15 – 17, 2018 877-855-3222 website Manitoba‘s Family Fishing Days February 17 – 19, 2018 June 9-10, 2018 204-945-6640 / 204 945 7795 website Fish New Brunswick Days June 2nd – June 3rd, 2018 506-453-2440 website Newfoundland & Labrador Resident Year Round Trout (Coastal Waters) Resident only 800-563-6353 website Northwest Territories Family Fishing Weekend Not applicable 800-661-0788 website Nova Scotia‘s Family Fishing Weekend February 17-19, 2018 June 2-3, 2018 902-485-5056 website Nunavut‘s Family Fishing Weekend Not applicable 866-686-2888 website Prince Edward Island Family Fishing Weekend May 19-21, 2018 902-368-4683 website Quebec‘s Family Fishing Weekend (Fête de la pêche) Les 8, 9 et 10 juin 2018 877-346-6763 french website  Saskatchewan‘s Free Fishing Weekends February 17 – 19, 2018 July 14-15, [...]

July 5th, 2018|Categories: Fun, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Licence-Free Fishing

Huge School of Fish and Bait Ball as a Loon Hunts Underwater in Lake Simcoe

Kevin Biskaborn is a talented wildlife photographer who recently captured this incredible footage of a school of fish in Lake Simcoe. He shared it with us the other day, and we couldn't wait to share it with all our followers. It's incredible what lurks beneath the surface of our lakes, rivers and streams. 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.

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Toronto Sportsmen’s Show, March 14 – 18, 2018

We'll be at the Toronto Sportsmen's Show this week, Wednesday to Sunday! Keep an eye out for Rachel or Mike who will have bumper stickers and Keep Canada Fishing bags available for a small donation! If you still need tickets to the TSS, click here! See you there!

March 12th, 2018|Categories: Fun, General, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News, Ontario|Tags: , |Comments Off on Toronto Sportsmen’s Show, March 14 – 18, 2018

Lake Winnipeg ice fishers reeling in ‘fish of a lifetime’ thanks to 1997 flood, says veteran angler

Originally published by CBC News, January 28th, 2018 The Flood of the Century may have spawned the largest walleye that Lake Winnipeg ice fishers have seen in recent memory. Veteran ice fisher and nature guide Lee Nolan said this year, fishers are finding giant walleye in Manitoba's largest lake — and he said it all started with excellent spawning seasons. "We've got a good shot at breaking a world record up here this year, I think. There's lots of people catching fish of a lifetime..." "So back in 1997 and 2000, when we had very high water, walleye had a very, very good spawn," said Nolan. "So you've got year classes of fish." The 1997 spring flood that affected large parts of Manitoba is considered the Flood of the Century, meaning the water reached the highest point it's expected to reach in a century. "Those fish are getting very mature now, so that's why you've got a higher percentage of the biomass in the lake [that] is actually very, very, large fish." So how big are the fish? "I believe the current ice-fishing record is about 35, 36 inches [roughly 90 centimetres] and I think there's some fish that size out there," said Nolan, adding so far, the biggest one he's caught was 32 inches (81 centimetres). "They're very healthy, girthy fish.… It's probably the best walleye fishing in the world right now for large walleye," he said. "We've got a good shot at breaking a world record up here this year, I think. There's lots of people catching fish of a lifetime out there right now." Walleye weigh roughly one to two kilograms (two to four pounds) in a normal year, said Nolan. This year, they're seeing seven-kilogram (or 15-pound) fish. TO [...]

January 30th, 2018|Categories: Fun, General, Issues, News, North, Prairies|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Lake Winnipeg ice fishers reeling in ‘fish of a lifetime’ thanks to 1997 flood, says veteran angler

We Wanna Know…

Our team has been toying with the idea of creating a Keep Canada Fishing subscription box, and now we want to know: is this something our friends and followers would be interested in? It would be a curated subscription box featuring products from CSIA members, partners and affiliates (some of whom are listed in the scrolling panel below) Let us know in the comments or on social media!

Keep Canada Fishing Gift Guide

Cue the Christmas music... It's time to start shopping for the anglers in your life... or passing hints to friends and family about what you want tucked beneath the tree. The Keep Canada Fishing Gift Guide is back! This year we've compiled a list of a few of our manufacturing members' most sought-after items. And at various price-points, there are gifts for every budget! Ugly Stik® GX2™ Treavel Spinning Combo Ugly Stik® GX2™ pack spinning combos provide the ultimate combination of durability and convenience. Enjoy fishing anywhere you go with this portable combo. Comes with a cloth rod and reel travel bag with adjustable straps. Retails at $74.99CAD. More details at uglystik.com. Follow Ugly Stik Lucky Strike Secret Weapon Considered a secret weapon among the Lucky Strike family, this colour pattern has been used for years but only made in small batches and never sold to stores until now. Available at luckystrikebaitworks.com. #luckystrikebaitworks Shimano Sedona Spinning Reel Packed with a number of premiere technologies that are normally reserved for Shimano’s top-tier offerings, the Shimano Sedona FI Spinning Reels provide advanced performance at an angler-friendly price point. Brought to life by Shimano’s flagship HAGANE gearing, the Shimano Sedona FI Spinning Reels provide long-lasting smoothness. Available at fish.shimano.com. Follow Shimano Quantum Drive Spinning Reel A precisely aligned uni-body construction spinning reel has silky smooth retrieve, superior freeness and ultra durability with 9 ball bearings. Available at Quantumfishing.com. Follow Quantum MarCum Lithium Shuttle Add the long-life power of Lithium ION to your MarCum® sonar units. Compact, lightweight and long-lasting, the Lithium Shuttle, powered by a 12-volt 12-amp hour Lithium ION polymer battery, can extend your unit’s continuous run time up to 40 hours. Designed for MarCum® M-Series, LX-Series, [...]

“Fund a Fish” – Conservationism at Carleton University

As Robert J. Pye noted in his blog "The Outdoors Journey," there are many researchers, organizations and associations actively committed to maintaining the health and sustainability of our waterways and ecosystems. Conservationism is an intentional act, rooted in our connection to the lakes we fish, the animals we hunt, and the other natural resources we use and consume. But the efforts we make to ensure long-term sustainability must be supported by sound scientific research. This interrelation between compassionate devotion and scientific objectivity is crucial to our ongoing success as conservationists. Dr. Steven Cooke’s team at Carleton University helps protect and manage fisheries and aquatic ecosystems through a variety of ongoing research projects. Their lab takes a special interest in Conservation Physiology, a discipline which examines how fish and other organisms respond to changes in their environments -- whether as a result of human interaction or natural occurrences. They use a number of methods to acquire their data, including tagging. The Cooke Lab is currently focusing some of their efforts on the Rideau Watershed, where they are tagging, tracking and monitoring small and large-mouth bass using acoustic receivers and micro acoustic transmitters. To complete this important task, they are asking for help in two ways: Providing information about your personal experiences fishing the Rideau Watershed. Have you ever fished for bass on Big Rideau Lake? Take this 10-minute survey to tell their research team about your experiences. Fund a fish! Donate to their Rideau Watershed project and help be an active part of the scientific process. Donors will receive personalized information on the fish they've "funded," including where it was tagged, where it swam, and ultimately, how the data the fish provided will improve fisheries management in the area. [...]