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Toronto Man Nets 20-Day Jail Sentence For Fishing Violations

Really ?  20 whole days huh !  I think the fine is going to hurt worse.  


Some fishy business has netted a Toronto man a 20-day prison sentence.

On Oct. 20, 2014, Aziz Malik and another man went fishing along the meandering Bowmanville Creek, near Highway 2, east of the GTA. Nearby, veteran conservation officer Mitch Phinney says he watched as Malik deliberately used a hook to snag a Chinook salmon.

“He was tossing a hook out and then raising it upwards in a strong fashion,” Phinney said in his report. “This raising motion is associated with one’s attempt to snag fish by hooking them in the body.”

In Ontario, it’s illegal to keep a fish that’s been hooked in a place other than its mouth.

As Phinney continued watching, Malik discarded a rainbow trout in some bushes before leaving the area in a vehicle. Phinney stopped the vehicle to find that Malik was one trout over the legal limit.

Phinney maintained that Malik lied about his fishy activities. The second man has not been identified.

Justice of the Peace Robert Boychyn heard the case in a Whitby courtroom on Jan. 14. Malik, who did not respond to a court summons, was found guilty in absentia of violating Ontario Fishery Regulations (for possessing one fish over the legal limit and using a hook to snag a fish) and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (for abandoning a fish that was suitable for food and making a false statement to a conservation officer).

Malik, 71, was sentences to five days in jail for each offence. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Each of the four offences can be punishable by a fine of up to $25,000, imprisonment of up to one year, or both. Malik has a record of past fishing violations, the court heard, which factored into the judge’s decision to sentence him to jail time.

Fish Stocking 101



If you like to fish and want to improve your chances of getting a good catch, your best bet is to head to one of Ontario’s 2,000 lakes and riversthat are stocked by Ontario Parks or the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

The ministry has been stocking popular spots since the early 1950s with fish that are well suited to the area. Today, we operate nine fish culture stations, or hatcheries, across the province, where 12 popular sport fish (including walleye, salmon, trout and muskie) are raised.

Every year, we release about 8 million fish into Ontario waters!DSC00358-331x400


Why do we stock our lakes and rivers?
There are two reasons. The first is to improve recreational fishing, in what we call our “put, grow, take” program: we put in the fish, usually yearlings, they grow, and anglers take them.

The second reason we stock is toprotect and rebuild fish populations, including species at risk. For example, the program is helping return Atlantic salmon to Lake Ontario, and finding a way to culture at-risk mussel species.

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‘Significant Quantity’ of Petroleum Spills into Grand in Kitchener


KITCHENER — A complicated cleanup effort is underway after a significant spill of petroleum into the Grand River Friday in Kitchener.

City officials got a call from the Ministry of the Environment late Friday afternoon after a resident called the Spills Action Centre to report a sheen on the water near Forwell Road.

Scott Berry, interim associate director of operations, said the contaminant hasn’t been confirmed but it is believed to be some type of petroleum product.

“I would say it’s a significant quantity of material, of contaminant just based on what we’re seeing on site,” he said.

At least 250 metres of the northern shore of the Grand are affected, officials say.

The substance is believed to have come from a storm sewer but officials don’t yet know where it originated or if the source is still active.

“Obviously, you want to find out, did somebody intentionally dump something into the system or … if it’s happening without anybody knowing that it’s happening, then that’s something you want to get a handle on as quickly as possible, as well,” Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic said.

The city is working with the ministry to clean up and investigate the leak, a process that will continue through the week.

Booms have been installed that will absorb the substance from the water’s surface.


Babe Winkelman Talks Ontario Fishing

For those that simply want to watch someone catching a fish, these are not the videos to watch.  In fact, after a while, that kinda video gets boring in my opinion.  I like videos where a certain area is spotlighted, or a particular lure is shown, a species is targeted, a competition is underway, etc.  Here though, Mr Winkelman gives his perspective on Ontario and what it has to offer visitors / hunter / fishermen.  Gotta love his passion for Ontario, especially given that he is an American.


New Sponsor for the 2016 Canadian Tire Lake Erie Open


The St.Catharines Bassmasters are ecstatic to announce that Fishbum Outfitters will be joining us by sponsoring the 2016 Canadian Tire Lake Erie Open!!!

We are working with Fishbum Outfitters on producing Canadian Tire Lake Erie Open Bass Tournament promo Tees. The Tees will also be supporting the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charity (helping give kids a sporting chance).

“Who is FISHBUM ®? Well, the short answer. We are a bunch of like minded entrepreneurs who couldn’t stop thinking about fishing! We came from all walks of the business world, where one thing remained in common – it didn’t matter WHERE we worked, all our time was consumed with thinking about fishing. When we should have been thinking about what our CEO’s were saying in a Thursday board meeting – our minds were drifting away to some river or lake pondering if we should throw top water or rig up a drop-shot setup.
It wasn’t long before we realized the only way we could ever get to actually work in the fishing industry, was to walk away from our cushy jobs and risk everything. Sure, it wasn’t exactly EASY telling our wives, and loved ones that we had quit our jobs to open up a fishing clothing company … and when we say “it wasn’t easy” what we REALLY mean is you have no IDEA how hard it is to dodge a toaster while trying to explain your vision to someone. BUT as time went on, our dedication to the cause prevailed. One customer lead to two, two lead to three, and so on and so forth.
Today, FISHBUM ® remains strongly at the forefront of the fishing apparel business. Constantly pushing boundaries, we continue to try and re-invent, not only the business – but ourselves in a continued effort to remain visionaries.
We also thank GOD our wives and girlfriends had the compassion to not throw us all out when we came to them with this idea. So really, we owe it all to them!
– Team FISHBUM ®”


BIG Small Mouth Bass Fishing

Babe Winkelman heads to Ontario to fish for hard fighting small mouth bass (Northern Ontario that is).

Wakomata Lake :

Public access is provided at two points, both off Hwy 129. Look for signage beginning 3-4km north of the bridge over Snowshoe Creek. The public boat lauch, on the Northwest corner of Wakomata, is affectionately referred to by some as “Flat Landing”, and fairly well marked. The other is unmarked, and just south of this. You’ll have to look carfully for a narrow sand road (aren’t they all?!) off to the right, or South-Southwest, through the woods directly off the highway (about 3-3.5km N of Shnowshoe). this one roams thru the wood for approx 2km and leads to the dam – a stone dam at the West end of Wakomata. This is the headwaters of Snowshoe Creek. There are also two private full-service resorts – Wakomata Shores, and Snowshoe Camp, and several private homes. The resorts are accessible from a turn off Hwy 129 to the South immediately before (or West of) Showshoe Creek, also with signage. It’s a big lake (Wakomata means “Big Clear”) so, steer-clear of the private properties and other boats…there’s enough room for everybody.

Regional and Provincial Regulations

Lake Erie Walleye and Perch Hatchlings Near Record Numbers


Two straight cold winters may have wrought havoc on land, but beneath the waters of Lake Erie, walleye and yellow perch were able breed in near-record numbers since hatchling monitoring began in 1987.

This year’s number for walleye hatchlings was the second highest on record, while yellow perch numbers were the fourth-largest, Ontario’s Ministry of Fisheries and Natural Resources reported.

There were 82.5 walleye hatchlings per hectare and 1080.7 yellow perch hatchlings per hectare recorded in the Ontario portion of Lake Erie during recent trawl samples undertaken by the ministry. 



Ontario recognizes Nipissing First Nation’s Fisheries Law

Voting has it’s consequences :

Lake Nipissing

Nipissing First Nation has been in discussions with the MNRF for more than a year, and both parties were looking to come to an understanding on how they can work together to best manage the fishery. According to a February 2016 NFN Notice to Membership, Chief and Council had two choices – “rely on the status quo to manage our fishery going forward, which has not been an effective and accountable method for our members,” or “work in partnership with the ministry to manage the lake and move towards a more sustainable fishery while supporting the implementation of our own Fisheries Law and management plans.”

The notice stated that Chief and Council chose the second option and referred to it as being in the best interests of the fish, the community and the collective rights of Nipissing people for now and future generations.

The Nipissing community began taking steps to manage and protect its fishery resource in response to growing concern over resource depletion and threatened fishery stocks, especially walleye, in Lake Nipissing.

Recommendations were sanctioned by Chief and Council through new regulations that came into effect in 2015, and included:

  • Eliminating spear fishing and gill netting during the spring spawn;
  • Changing the opening date of the commercial fishery season to coincide with the opening of the sports fishery season–(May 21, 2016);
  • Reducing number of nets from 5 panels to 3 panels;
  • Changing the minimum mesh size from 3.5 inches to 3.75 inches;
  • Reinstituting the fish hatchery on a small experimental scale, hiring fishermen to seed a barren spawning grounds and studying the impact over a number of years;
  • Enhancing training opportunities for staff to enhance enforcement and subsequent follow up (Restorative Justice Program);
  • Mandating closing the season when target number is reached, and working with the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF) to find a mutually acceptable approach to managing the fishery;
  • Withdrawing licenses from any crews using non-members as part of fishing crews.
  • Actively patrolling and confiscating all unmarked nets; and
  • Seeking legal advice to use the Chi-Naaknigewin (Constitution) to strengthen our laws.

Please refer to for more information about NFN’s Fisheries Law and regulations.


Lake Nipissing
Lake in Ontario, Canada
Lake Nipissing is a lake in the Canadian province of Ontario. It has a surface area of 873.3 square kilometres, a mean elevation of 196 metres above sea level, and is located between the Ottawa River and Georgian Bay. Wikipedia
Mean depth: 4.5 m
Area: 873.3 km²
In case you thought this was bad, just consider that the whole Algonquin area may eventually be in the hands of the First Nations.  This is all very political and somebody voted them crooks in.  See here for news on the Algonquin issue.

U.S. Angler Fined $2.5K for Bringing Illegal Minnows into Canada

Really ?  Like we don’t have any minnows to sell up here in Canada ?  


A Minnesota man has been fined for trying to sneak minnows into Ontario.

The U.S. angler was fined $2,500 for illegally bringing minnows into the province as bait, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry reported.

In November 2015, conservation officers spoke with the angler while on routine patrol in Sabaskong Bay in Lake of the Woods, the ministry stated in a news release.

During an inspection, officers located live shiner minnows, which were being used as bait. The angler claimed to have bought the minnows at an Ontario bait fish dealer the previous day — and showed a receipt which appeared to be legitimate, as the receipt included an authentic-looking Ontario bait fish dealer stamp.

Further investigation revealed the minnows were actually bought in the U.S. and brought over the border, the ministry said.

Importing live organisms like live shiner minnows can be a threat to aquatic ecosystems, ministry officials added.



Update on Lock 37 Work


Parks Canada says the construction work to replace the Bolsover water control dam at Lock 37 in the City of Kawartha Lakes in Ontario is complete, and the upstream and downstream cofferdams have been removed.

It is anticipated the site at Lock 37 will be completely restored by Fall 2016, and fully open to the public in the 2017 season.

  • Maryland Hunters Harvest 86,542 Deer in 2017-2018 Season February 17, 2018
    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that hunters harvested 86,542 deer during the combined archery, firearms and muzzleloader seasons, from Sept. 8, 2017, through Jan. 31, 2018. The harvest exceeded the 2016-2017 total by more than 1,000 deer. Included in the statewide total were 7,204 deer taken on Sundays. “Sunday hunting continues to […]
  • Oyster Harvest Closure in Areas of Galveston Bay and Lavaca Bay February 17, 2018
    AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is closing TX-7 in Galveston Bay and TX-20 in Lavaca Bay to commercial and recreational oyster harvest beginning Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. This closing is based on samples recently collected by TPWD showing low abundance of legal-sized oysters. Chapter 76, Parks and Wildlife Code, and the […]
  • New Zebra Mussel Findings in Central Texas Lakes February 17, 2018
    AUSTIN – Two central Texas lakes have received upgraded classifications for invasive zebra mussels as a result of statewide sampling by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries staff and partner agencies. Lake Austin’s classification has been upgraded to infested, meaning it was confirmed to have an established, reproducing population of zebra mussels, after […]
  • ODFW releases extra trout for upcoming Free Fishing Weekend February 17, 2018
    CLACKAMAS – More than 20,000 extra trout were released at two Willamette Valley locations this week in preparation for the upcoming Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon. Fishing, crabbing, and clamming are free on Saturday and Sunday of President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 17-18. The extra fish were released at Henry Hagg Lake near Forest Grove and […]
  • Recreational crabbing closed along southern Oregon coast February 17, 2018
    SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the immediate closure of all recreational crabbing on the southern Oregon coast from Cape Blanco to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes Dungeness and red rock crab harvested from the ocean as […]