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Shimano Live Release Systems

A few weeks ago we shared a video about Shimano's Live Release Boats. For more information about the entire Live Release system, this video is a must! For over 20 years five generations of Shimano Live Release systems have safely returned millions of tournament caught bass, walleye and other fish to their home waters alive and unharmed.  

SHIMANO ON BOARD WITH TITLE SPONSORSHIP FOR ONTARIO B.A.S.S. NATION YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

Peterborough, Ontario (July 3, 2018) — Providing the tackle manufacturer with an ideal avenue to support high school and younger anglers in Canada, Shimano has signed on as official title sponsor of the Ontario B.A.S.S. Nation Youth Championships. “With Shimano’s commitment, they will also support any of our high school and junior high schools representing Ontario and other provinces in Canada at B.A.S.S. national youth tournaments through 2020,” said Chris Kilgore, Youth Director for the Ontario B.A.S.S. Nation. “This three-year agreement from Shimano ensures that the foundation of our youth program is on solid ground and will foster growth of both membership and competition throughout Ontario.” “While we have a vested interest introducing young anglers to Shimano and our brands, we also know that those who enjoy the outdoors are usually great stewards for fishing,” said Bob Mahoney, Marketing Manager for Shimano Canada. “Our efforts and support with this initiative go beyond just using our rods, reels, braid and lures – through our Shimano Varsity Program, we want to help these high schoolers and youth anglers understand the role they play in conservation and tournament-best practices. The involvement of our pro anglers at the tournaments and our on-site presence will make for a great educational and memorable experience.” The Ontario B.A.S.S. Nation has implemented a three-year plan, effectively called ‘2020 Vision’, that will see the number of youth memberships double to 200, double the number of youth clubs to 12 and double the number of youth teams eligible for the B.A.S.S. Junior and High School National Championships to six. “Establishing strong partnerships with companies such as Shimano, who share in the same vision to grow the Youth Nation, through education, mentoring and conservation builds lifelong [...]

July 11th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Vancouver Island towns fearful over fishing closures

Originally published by Vancouver Sun, July 8, 2018 VICTORIA — An invitation from Fisheries and Oceans Canada to discuss ocean areas that might be critical for killer whales has outraged community leaders from southwest Vancouver Island. Prompted by Mike Hicks, Capital Regional District director for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, community politicians, ocean anglers and chambers of commerce from Sooke to Tofino are objecting to the possibility of closing two ocean zones to sport fishing: Swiftsure and La Perouse banks. Such a closure, they say, would devastate the small towns that rely on sport fishing to attract tourists. “Their (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) track record is they will consult and they close,” said Hicks. “And when it’s closed, it’s closed forever.” But the uproar has startled officials with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, who say they just want to start talking about the areas recently identified by scientists as important feeding areas for southern resident killer whales. “All we are doing is providing a kind of advanced ‘heads up,’ ” said Neil Davis, director of resource management. “There are no additional measures like closure that are being proposed at this time.” TO VIEW THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE ABOUT POSSIBLE FISHING CLOSURES, VISIT vancouversun.com. Would you like your fishing-related news featured on keepcanadafishing.com? Email us at info@catchfishing.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 [...]

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, [...]

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.

Join the Tradition – National Fishing Week June 30 to July 8, 2018

Peterborough, ON: This summer, join a tradition that connects Canadians across the country: fishing. From June 30 to July 8th, 2018, people from coast, to coast, to coast will cast their lines in hopes of catching the big one. National Fishing Week is a celebration of tradition -- a time to pass down the  thrill of this centuries-old pastime and build memories with friends and loved ones. From the first fish you reel in, to your latest story of the one that got away, fishing fosters a passion for the outdoors and our heritage as Canadians. So, get outside this summer! Visit the hidden wonders this country offers. Enjoy the sport that is both exciting and serene, relaxing and a form of exercise. Regardless of your motivations, the result is always fun. About National Fishing Week: National Fishing Week is supported by Catch Fishing, a national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians to get outdoors and enjoy our angling heritage throughout the year. It is supported by federal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as hundreds of organizations and businesses that work hard to ensure sustainable fishing opportunities while safeguarding fish populations everywhere. To find out more about National Fishing Week, visit www.catchfishing.com. FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES OR TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW WITH A NATIONAL FISHING WEEK SPOKESPERSON CONTACT JESSICA MELNIK AT JESS@IMPACTCOM.CA OR 888-296-8978.

The Shimano Fish Conservation Files – Live Release Fishing

This week in the Shimano Fish Conservation Files series we look at the benefits of live release 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.

DFO Sets One Fish Retention Limit For Start Of Salmon Season

Originally published by VCOM Local News Now, May 7th, 2018 New for Salmon anglers in Newfoundland and Labrador this spring: a one fish retention limit. The season will begin in Newfoundland on June 1, and runs to September 7. The season in Labrador begins June 15, and runs to September 15. DFO has announced a one-fish retention plan on all rivers in Newfoundland and Labrador that currently allow retention. Those taking part will need one tag for that catch. An in-season review will be done on the number of returns, and the results will allow DFO to make a determination for the remainder of the season. There will also be a catch and release option for up to three fish per day for all rivers in the province. DFO says the 2018-2019 Angler’s Guide will soon be available online at http://www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/NL/AG/anglersguide. Would you like your fishing-related news featured on keepcanadafishing.com? Email us at info@catchfishing.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. http://vocm.com/news/dfo-sets-one-fish-retention-limit-for-start-of-salmon-season/

The Shimano Fish Conservation Files – Protecting Canada’s Fishing Heritage

This week in the Shimano Fish Conservation Files series we look at the need to protect Canada's fishing heritage. 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.

May 8th, 2018|Categories: Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

M.P. Bob Zimmer and Walter Oster Receive Sportfishing Industry President’s Award

CSIA President Kim Rhodes recently presented the association's highest honor to M.P. Bob Zimmer (Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies) and Walter Oster, in recognition of their advocacy and leadership in support of recreational fishing and conservation in Canada. Mr. Zimmer is Co-Chair of the all-party Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus and Mr. Oster has recently retired as Chair, Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows (CNSS). “Bob and Walter are both excellent ambassadors for our outdoor heritage sports and we appreciate all that each man has done, and continues to do on behalf of recreational fishing”, said Kim Rhodes. The all party Outdoor Caucus includes M.P.’s and Senators from all political parties who work together on legislation and policy which is important to fishing, hunting, trapping and target shooting. Eight million Canadians enjoy fishing and they live in every electoral riding in the country. CNSS is a not-for-profit Corporation and the largest producer of boat, fishing, ski and outdoor shows in Canada. In addition to the Great Ontario Salmon Derby, CNSS operates fishing and hunting consumer shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal. “Whenever there is a program to encourage young people to enjoy fishing, Walter Oster and CNSS have been there to support it”, said Rhodes. He added, “When some M.P.s and others work against the best interests of anglers and our industry, Bob Zimmer and his Outdoor Caucus colleagues have our backs in Ottawa”. 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 [...]