Marmora Man Fined $1,000 for Extra Lines While Ice Fishing

MNR staff on top of ice fishing season regulation checks.

A Marmora man has been fined $1,000 for ice fishing with more than two lines for the second time in less than two years.
Robert Somerville pleaded guilty to the charge of angling through the ice with more than two lines under the Ontario Fishery Regulations, 2007.
The court heard that on February 7, 2010, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer was conducting a snowmobile check of people fishing through the ice. When he approached an ice hut, he saw Somerville leaning over an ice fishing hole, trying to push a line down the hole. There was a knife on the table and two lines had been cut. It was determined that Somerville had a total of five lines set.
Justice of the Peace Deanne Chapelle heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville, on March 9, 2010.

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry officer during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Fishmaster Bait & Tackle’s 7th Annual Grand River Walleye Ice Fishing Tourney Feb 13th

FISH FOR FREE ON FAMILY FISHING WEEKEND NO FISHING LICENSE NEEDED for this tournament.Derby Tickets will be $10 per person

Kids Welcome
90% Cash Back
1st 40% CASH BACK
2nd 20% CASH BACK
3rd 10% CASH BACK
BIGGEST
Crappie 10% CASH BACK
Catfish 10% CASH BACK
PLUS MANY FREE DRAW PRIZES
this will all take place on the Lower Grand River Dunnville In a sectioned off area out front of Fishmaster Bait & Tackle Marina

RULES
FISHING STARTS FEB 13TH FROM 7AM TILL 2PM SHARPE ALL CONTESTANTS WILL LINE UP OUT FRONT OF THE MARINA BREAK WALL ONCE THE HORN GOES OFF YOU WILL HEAD TO YOUR FAVORITE FISHING HOLE
HUTS CAN BE USED ALONG WITH POWER AUGERS
2 RODS PER PERSON
FISH FINDERS & LIVE BAIT ALLOWED
MOTORIZED VEHICLES ALLOWED AS LONG AS THERE IS 6″ PLUS OF ICE ..
NO GAFFED OR SNAGGED FISH FOR WEIGH-IN
THIS IS A LIVE RELEASE TOURNAMENT
THE WEIGH-IN WILL BE AT THE MOUTH OF THE MARINA ANY SIZE WALLEYE ALLOWED ALIVE FOR WEIGH-IN
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A CONTAINER BIG ENOUGH TO CARRY YOUR FISH IN FULLY COVERED IN WATER TO WEIGH-IN AREA FOR LIVE RELEASE PLEASE …..
NO DEAD FISH WILL BE WEIGHED IN
TICKET NEEDED FOR WEIGH-IN
MUST OBEY ALL MNR REGULATIONS
TICKETS WILL BE CHECKED TO ENTER FISHING GROUNDS
ANYBODY OUT OF BOUNDS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED ALONG WITH ANY WET LINES BEFORE 7AM
ORGANIZERS ARE HELD HARMLESS FOR PERSONAL OR PROPERTY DAMAGES
PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AT THE FISHMASTER BAIT & TACKLE 3PM SHARPE
ANYBODY INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING TO HELP WITH THIS EVENT OR SPONSOR ANY PRIZES FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME

FOR MORE INFO
CONTACT STEVE
FISHMASTER BAIT & TACKLE
776 MAIN ST EAST DUNNVILLE
(905)701-6874
OR EMAIL
[email protected]
http://fishmaster.proboards46.com

http://www.fishmastersultimatecharters.com

Lake Dalrymple Ice Fishing

Lake Dalrymple ice fishing opportunities are wide open after listening  to a  podcast ice fishing seminar.

Wil Wegmans ice fishing seminar recently held at Rack n Reel in Barrie has some great tips for ice fishing on Lake Simcoe and any other hard water lake.

During his seminar at Rack N Reel Wil discusses ice safety, lake geography and what fish look for in habitat. He goes in depth about ice fishing  tackle and techniques for panfish, Whitefish and Lake Trout.

Using innovative tip ups and for ice fishing and what shelters work best are just a few of the topics covered.

Check out the episode #184 for Wil Wegmans ice fishing seminar on ice fishing Lake Simcoe.

Subscribe for additional podcasts and receive the five great ice fishing tips Wil Wegman talks about in his ice fishing seminar just for signing up.

Check out Ripple Outdoors Podcast #185 tomorrow to  listen to the conclusion of Wil Wegmans ice fishing seminar held at Rack N Reel

ICE FISHING SEMINAR at Rack N Reel

ICE FISHING SEMINAR at Rack N Reel Tuesday, 7:00 pm Jan. 12th, 2010

Wil Wegman award winning outdoor writer, winner of the 2006 Canadian Trap Attack on Lake Simcoe, member of Team Canada at the World Ice Fishing Championship and renowned ice angling instructor will be presenting

Focus on Ice Fishing … Finesse your way to success”

Learn how lakes like Simcoe have changed over the years and what you can do to adapt to those changes

Discover the winter habits and habitat of species like lake trout, whitefish, yellow perch and northern pike.

Check out specialized tackle that will maximize your skill and performance level to catch fish like never before!

FREE ADMISSION!

For all those who bring non-perishable food items for Barrie Food Bank.

Tuesday, 7:00 pm Jan. 12th, 2010

“Rack N Reel” formerly Simcoe Bait & Tackle, 250 Innisfil St. Barrie

Great Door Prizes & Fantastic Deals!

Increase your ice fishing success … Check out Wil’s presentation so that you won’t be left out in the cold this winter.

Invitation to Public Discussions about the Management of Lake Simcoe’s Recreational Fisheries

Invitation to Public Discussions about the Management of Lake Simcoe’s Recreational Fisheries

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) would like to invite you or any other interested party to one of three upcoming public discussion sessions to learn more about the following fisheries management initiatives on Lake Simcoe:

1) The Lake Simcoe Fisheries Stakeholder Committee

2) Lake Simcoe Protection Plan policies related to fisheries

3) Coldwater fish populations and related fishing trends

4) Recent evidence of natural reproduction of coldwater fish

5) Proposed changes to stocking program

6) Restoration initiatives and other fisheries management projects

The dates, locations and times are as follows:

Georgina: Monday September 21, 2009 (6:30 pm to 9:30 pm,)

Kin Hall, 1 Fairpark Lane, Sutton

Orillia: Thursday September 24, 2009 (6:30 pm to 9:30 pm,)

Odas Park Banquet Hall, 4500 Fairgrounds Rd, Orillia

Barrie: Saturday September 26, 2009 (9:00 am to 12 pm,)

Victoria Village Activity Centre, 146 Toronto St., Barrie

Lake Simcoe has a long history of degraded water quality and phosphorus related issues (please see http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/water/lakesimcoe/docs/PublicReport-watershed.pdf for more details). A key indicator of ecosystem health for Lake Simcoe, is its lake trout population, along with other cold-water fish species. Given their sensitivity to water quality changes it is like a “canary in the coalmine”. The 1960’s and 70’s saw dramatic declines and recruitment failure of important coldwater species, first lake trout, then lake whitefish. This was due to low oxygen levels in the deep coldwater habitat caused by excess loading of phosphorus to the lake. In response to these recruitment failures, MNR started large-scale rehabilitative stocking efforts in 1966 for lake trout and in 1982 for whitefish. These stocking programs have been successful in maintaining these native stocks while at the same time providing the benefits of a sport fishery.

Until recently, the coldwater fishery was essentially comprised of stocked fish with no production of wild lake trout and only a small number of old natural lake whitefish and a few wild recruits. Results from our monitoring programs have now documented the presence of naturally produced (wild) adult lake trout, something we haven’t seen for over 20 years. The number of wild lake trout, lake whitefish and even lake herring (cisco) has all increased in angler’s catches and our monitoring programs in the last few years.

This is a positive sign that Lake Simcoe has the potential to recover, and there is more action being taken to improve the overall health of the Lake. As part of the Provincial Government’s overall strategy to protect and restore the ecological health of the Lake Simcoe watershed, the Lake Simcoe Protection Act was passed in December of 2008 giving authority to develop the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan that was approved and released in June 2009. The Plan will implement a number of actions to reduce phosphorus inputs to the Lake and improve overall water quality in order to meet one of its main objectives of restoring a self-sustaining coldwater fish community to Lake Simcoe. The Plan also has a number of fisheries related policies that will guide MNR’s activities on the Lake for the next several years such as the development of Fish Community Objectives.

Given the intensity and economic impact of Lake Simcoe’s fishery, managing its valuable resources has always been a priority for MNR. To further strengthen our management and improve community partner input into the decision making process, the MNR formed the Lake Simcoe Fisheries Stakeholder Committee in June of 2007. Membership on the Fisheries Stakeholder Committee represents the diverse interests in the fisheries resources of Lake Simcoe. One of the initiatives that this Committee has been working on is the review of Lake Simcoe’s cold water stocking programs as directed by the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

The lake trout and whitefish stocking programs have accomplished their objective of maintaining the native populations while ecosystem restoration initiatives were implemented to improve water quality and habitat conditions required for future successful natural reproduction and survival of these species. We have now documented significant natural reproduction and survival of wild lake trout. Given this recent development and the lake trout’s role as top predator, the MNR is proposing to decrease the number of lake trout stocked annually for the next five years.

This proposal has been reviewed by MNR’s scientists and biologists as well as thoroughly evaluated by the Lake Simcoe Fisheries Stakeholder Committee to ensure appropriate precautionary measures have been taken to maintain the quality of Lake Simcoe’s coldwater fishery. It has also been proposed that no change to the present whitefish-stocking program occur at this time.

Please come out and join us to learn more about these and other exciting initiatives (e.g., Lake Simcoe Muskellunge Restoration Project and the Bass Tagging Research Project) underway in order to better manage Lake Simcoe’s valuable fisheries resources. These meetings are open to the public, so please feel free to invite interested family, friends and neighbours.

For more information please call Jason Borwick at 905-713-7404.

Georgina: Monday September 21, 2009 (6:30 pm to 9:30 pm,)

Kin Hall, 1 Fairpark Lane, Sutton

Orillia: Thursday September 24, 2009 (6:30 pm to 9:30 pm,)

Odas Park Banquet Hall, 4500 Fairgrounds Rd, Orillia

Barrie: Saturday September 26, 2009 (9:00 am to 12 pm,)

Victoria Village Activity Centre, 146 Toronto St., Barrie

ONTARIO SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON FISHING MANAGEMENT PLAN

Press Release MNR

The Ontario government is inviting the public to comment on a new fisheries management plan, which includes rules related to catch limits and seasons, for the fishing zone located in the inland area of central Lake Ontario.

Public input is being sought on options in Fisheries Management Zone 17 for changes to:  walleye and panfish fishing regulations, extended fishing seasons and put-grow-take walleye stocking.  

The options are set out in a draft fisheries management plan, developed with the advice and guidance of the Fisheries Management Zone 17 Advisory Council. The draft plan has been posted on the Environmental Registry and comments will be accepted until May 19, 2009.

 The feedback will be considered in preparing the Fisheries Management Plan for the zone, which is scheduled for implementation in 2010.   

According to the 2005 Ontario Recreational Angling Survey, the lakes and rivers of Fisheries Management Zone 17 are the second most fished areas in the province, exceeded only by the Great Lakes.  The zone 17 advisory council was chosen as one of three pilot councils in Ontario. Under the Ecological Framework for Fisheries Management, Ontario hopes to establish councils in most zones across the province.

 LEARN MORE  • Read the draft plan and proposed management options or view the environmental registry posting (ontario.ca/environmentalregistry), Registry Number 010-5587.   

Additional information on the Fisheries Management Plan as well as the dates and locations of open houses can be found at ontario.ca/zonecouncils  (www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/LetsFish/2ColumnSubPage/STEL02_166747.html).

English News Release: http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Newsroom/LatestNews/267915.html

FrenchNews Release: http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/fr/Newsroom/LatestNews/267916.html

If you boat, fish or hunt these sweeping changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) will affect you.

Feel free to use any of this information to hep inform any news stories, blog posts, press releases, or reports you may be working on.  Please refer readers to our website should you use our material.

We would also encourage anyone with an interest in this issue to leave a comment on our website at www.waterkeeper.ca/NWPA 

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Ryan LaFlamme Communications Coordinator

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

 

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Fishing World’s Ice Fishing Seminar a big hit

Mark Kulik

Yesterday’s ice fishing seminar held at Fishing World in Hamilton had some of the the industry best anglers as guest speakers. BIG Jim McLaughlin and Mark Kulik gave some great tips on ice fishing. I will be posting their podcast seminars on upcoming episodes here.

Bob Izumi also gave a few secrets to fishing the Binbrook Ice Fishing Crappie Derby for this weekend. Check out Bob’s podcast for his tips.

 

 

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