We mark the beginning of our Shimano Fish Conservation Files series with the question, "do fish feel pain?" The answer may not be what you think. This informative video, produced by Shimano Canada, sheds some light on this often controversial topic. 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.
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!
Two Canadians cleaned up this weekend at the FLW Tour at the Harris Chain of Lakes, presented by Lowrance. Our friend Chris Johnston came in 1st, taking home a cheque for $125,000. 2nd place went to Jeff Gustafson from Keewatin, Ontario. What Chris Johnston had to say: “You couldn’t ask for anything better – two Canadians up here (on the weigh-in stage),” said Johnston. “We’re buddies. We’re going to go home happy and back to some snow and ice. It’s a vacation down here, coming to Florida, and for us to finish one and two, what more could you ask for?” Chris may be an elite angler now, but he still knows how to get new and novice anglers hooked on the sport, as you can see in this video from 2014 where he explains how easy it is to cast a line. Thanks for being an inspiration, Chris! We can't wait to see where your career takes you next! About FLW: FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2018 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct 286 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat. Would you like your fishing-related news featured on keepcanadafishing.com? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep Canada Fishing is the national voice of Canada’s anglers, and we lead [...]
A number of provinces are hosting "Family Fishing" events this weekend, allowing residents and Canadian visitors to fish without a licence. Regulations still apply -- and vary by province -- so be sure to double check before you head out on the ice and/or water! For a complete list of licence-free fishing events this year, visit catchfishing.com. Alberta's Family Fishing Days February 17, 18 and 19, 2018 403-297-6423 website Manitoba's Family Fishing Days February 17-19, 2018 204-945-6640 / 204 945 7795 website Nova Scotia's Family Fishing Weekend February 17-19, 2018 902-485-5056 website Ontario's Family Fishing Week & Weekend February 17-19, 2018 800-667-1940 website Saskatchewan's Free Fishing Weekends February 17-19, 2018 800-567-4224 website License-free weekends are organized by provincial governments. For questions pertaining directly to fishing policies in your province, please contact your local office. Would you like your fishing-related news featured on keepcanadafishing.com? Email us at email@example.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.
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.
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!
PICTURED Left to Right: Hon. Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon; Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River; Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies (Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus); Tony Bernardo, Executive Director, Canadian Shooting Sports Association; Tom Brooke, Recipient of Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus Honourary Membership; Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE En français December 13, 2017 The Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus of Canada has named Tom Brooke, former President of the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA), an Honourary Member of the Caucus. The announcement was made in Ottawa on Tuesday December 5th at the Annual General Meeting of the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus. Tom is credited as the inventor of the Shimano Live Release Boats in the mid-1980s, versions of which operate today to ensure that millions of tournament-caught fish in North America are released alive and unharmed to their home waters. “I am honoured to be able to recognize the dedication that Tom Brooke has to fishing and all of Canada’s outdoor heritage activities,” said Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies and Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus. “He exemplifies everything that the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus stands for and, as someone who I have known for many years, I am very pleased to welcome him as an honourary member.” Tom Brooke is well known in recreational fishing circles throughout North America especially in his previous role of V.P. Operations for Shimano Canada. Also, he is no stranger to Parliament Hill as member of the CSIA Government Affairs Committee. “Having been associated with the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus for a number of years,” stated Brooke, “I have come to appreciate [...]
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, [...]
#TBT to that time we went walleye fishing on Lake Ontario. Two years ago Nick from Werner's Angling Adventures and Ashley Rae from She Loves to Fish took us on a fishing trip of a lifetime. Check out the YouTube series to see if we were successful in our quest.
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. [...]