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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: , |0 Comments

Dr. Larry McKinney Testifies Before the Standing Committee on The Oceans Act

If you missed Dr. Larry McKinney's important testimony on January 30th to the House of Commons Standing Committee on The Oceans Act’s Marine Protected Areas, we encourage you to take a few minutes to listen to it below. Dr. McKinney is the Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies following 23 years with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department where he served as director of Coastal Fisheries and senior director of Aquatic Resources. He is well respected as a marine scientist, fishery manager and conservationist in North America and beyond. Here his thoughts on the Oceans Act. Special thanks to the CSIA Government Affairs Chair, Phil Morlock, and Shimano for facilitating Dr. McKinney's appearance before the Standing Committee.

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 [...]

Government of Canada invests $20 million to Asian carp prevention in the Great Lakes

NEWS PROVIDED BY: Fisheries and Oceans Central & Arctic Region Jan 23, 2018 BURLINGTON, ON, Jan. 23, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to preserving our freshwater resources and protecting the Great Lakes from the threat of invasive species. On behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister for Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament for Burlington, announced today a significant investment to protect the Canadian Great Lakes from Asian carps. The Government is investing up to $20 million over five years, and ongoing, to Canada's Asian Carp Program to continue prevention efforts through early warning surveillance, partnering and outreach activities. This funding will allow Fisheries and Oceans Canada to expand the Asian Carp Program to increase protection of our Great Lakes and preserve our fisheries. "I am pleased that Burlington is home to a state-of-the-art laboratory which has bolstered our efforts to fight the entry of Asian carps into the Great Lakes through research and innovation. The Government of Canada remains committed to ensuring that we take all possible measures to protect our treasured Great Lakes." - The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister for Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament for Burlington Asian carps are among the top aquatic invasive species being monitored for their potential establishment in the Great Lakes. Already established in the Mississippi River basin in the United States, the four species of Asian carps (Bighead, Silver, Grass and Black) aggressively compete with native fishes for food and habitat, and have quickly become the dominant species. Risk assessments conducted by Canada and the U.S. show that the Great Lakes contains enough food and adequate habitat for Bighead, Silver and Grass carps to support an invasion and establishment. The Government will continue to work closely [...]

Keep Canada Fishing on Blue Fish Radio

A few months ago our former media correspondent, Sarah McMichael, joined Lawrence Gunther on his Blue Fish Radio podcast to discuss Keep Canada Fishing. Lawrence is a visually impaired professional angler, columnist, radio and TV host, and motivational speaker. He is also the president of Blue Fish Canada, a charity focused on conservation, research, policy, and education as they relate to fishing and the health of Canada's waterways. His podcast, Blue Fish Radio, features subjects and people of special interest to the future of fish and fishing. You can read more about Blue Fish Canada's objectives on their website. Check out the Keep Canada Fishing episode below! To download this podcast to your device, go to the Blue Fish Radio home page. And to listen to more episodes of Blue Fish Radio, visit Outdoor Canada! Listen to "Keep Canada Fishing" on Spreaker.

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, [...]

The Outdoors Journey – National Fishing, Hunting, Trapping Heritage Day

Originally published by Pye Acres, September 15, 2017 by Robert J. Pye The White Otter Inn was in my rear view mirror and the rising sun was on my windshield.  I was up unreasonably early to drive home from a late-November OFAH membership meeting in northwestern Ontario. Slowly,  the break of dawn unveiled the full view of an empty Trans-Canada Highway… empty except for the OFAH company Jeep I was driving and a half-ton truck up ahead.  That truck was also flying my organization’s emblem. When some people didn’t care about cold water streams and its value to fish and wildlife, it was trout fisherman who volunteered to plant trees, prevent erosion, built spawning beds and fish ladders. Back bumper or top windshield corner, I can spot an OFAH membership decal a mile away. Our bright blue membership sticker is the highly recognizable “I’m proud to fish and hunt” statement affixed to boats, ATV’s, trucks and cars all throughout Ontario, especially in the north. With a full travel mug of coffee and an extra hour on my side, I had no inclination to pass my fellow OFAH members.  After all, a weekend full of fish hatchery tours, club meetings and conservation topics couldn’t replace this anonymous OFAH membership success story being told, from the shoulders up, with backs against a truck cab window. With every mile I paid closer attention to the OFAH members sitting side-by-side in the cab of that truck. Their blaze orange hats and jackets made it easy to tell how they were spending the morning.  A father and his son, I predicted. Going deer hunting, I assumed. I recognized their body language from my own childhood hunting trips, sitting beside my Dad on the bench [...]

Why We Want to “Keep Canada Fishing”

Fishing is a heritage activity in Canada, and there are many reasons we think it's an important -- and fun! -- pastime. But have you ever wondered about the economic benefits of fishing? We produced this video a few years ago when we were launching Keep Canada Fishing, but the information is still valuable today. Take a look and learn more about why it's so important to "Keep Canada Fishing!"

SUP fishing 101

Originally published by Ontario Out of Doors, August 4, 2017 by  Alyssa Lloyd With the popularity of kayak fishing in Ontario, it hasn’t taken anglers long to start using standup paddleboards (SUPs) too. Their advantages are crystal clear: they are simple, portable, low cost, low maintenance, customizable, stealthy on the water, and just plain fun. They come in a variety of materials so anglers can choose from expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam core, wood, or a portable and an easily stored inflatable. SUPs are the perfect craft for a quick fish or a full day excursion. Here are some SUP tips to help you get paddling. Getting comfortable Pablo Bonilla of SUPnorth in Haliburton uses SUPs as simple fishing vessels targeting both fresh and saltwater species. As an instructor, Bonilla recommends first and foremost you become accustomed to paddling a SUP before you attempt fishing from one. “Gaining confidence is the first step, the more comfortable you are on your board, the more enjoyable fishing will be.” says Bonilla. TO FIND MORE TIPS ON SUP FISHING, VISIT OODMAG.COM  

Do Wildfires Negatively Impact Fish and Their Habitats?

Wildfires have been ravaging large parts of British Columbia for several weeks now. An evolving list of fires in the region can be found on the B.C. Government website. A quick glance shows just how widespread and disastrous the situation is. It will take years for communities and wildlife to recover. While the immediate destruction mostly effects ecosystems on land, we thought it would be a good idea to look into if (and how) this destruction could have short and long-term impacts on aquatic wildlife and the ecosystems they're a part of. Do wildfires negatively impact fish? And if so, how? Sediment and Temperature Changes Wildfires are not new phenomena. While many are the result of human error, approximately 60% of B.C.'s fires are the result of lighting. Like lightning, there are many other "pulse disturbances" which impact wildlife. These can be things like droughts, floods, and erosion. The issue with wildfires is that their intensity can instigate and inflate these pulse disturbances. As trees burn and fall, increased sediment erodes into nearby bodies of water. This new waste material fills in spaces where fish would lay eggs and can, in some cases, damage their gills. Migration routes can also be blocked or altered. The immediate response is a reduction in fish populations. Another significant issue is temperature change. Fish which have fairly precise habitat requirements, like trout, are most at risk. When plants which shade cold-water streams are destroyed, the overall water temperature rises. Even just a few degrees can have an impact on metabolic and reproductive rates of the fish living there. Toxicity and Pollution An issue we found less information on is the effect of pollutants and toxins directly related to wildfires. One [...]