Quote: “This year, we stocked eight lakes, including Onaping, Ramsey, Vermillion, Richard and Ella with 15,000 fingerlings and 750,000 fry,” Castonguay said. “These are some of the most popular lakes for walleye fishing in our area and if we don’t stock them, no one else will, the MNR included. It’s area clubs who are doing all the work and if we don’t do it they won’t get stocked and then there will be no walleye for anyone to catch, and that’s what most people around here want to catch.”
Chelmsford Fish and Game president Lynn Castonguay
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Paulette Peirol, Owen Sound’s tourism marketing co-ordinator, and Krista McKee of the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, stand inside the old water filtration plant, which will be one of the stops on a behind-the-scenes tour that has been added to this year’s Owen Sound Salmon Tour. JAMES MASTERS/THE SUN TIMES
On Sat., July 6, 2015 the Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association (BPSA) hosted Kid`s Fishing Day at the BPSA club property on North Acres Rd. just north west of Wiarton. The 350 member BPSA is proud to operate the longest running community fish hatchery in Ontario and has stocked approximately five million Rainbow and Brown Trout since 1962.
The North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery held its ninth annual pig and lamb roast at the Bancroft Curling Club on Saturday night. The occasion was multi-purpose: to report on another successful year’s operations, to honour special volunteers, and to raise funds for the hatchery’s activities. As the rink was completely filled, with over 350 seats taken, the last objective was successful. With proceeds from dinner sales as well as auctions and raffles, treasurer Wendy Maxwell estimated that the organization would realize over $20,000 for the event; she thanked all the volunteers who organized the dinner and provided items for the auctions. The money is needed to pay power and food bills, as the hatchery grows thousands of trout each year from eggs to a size where they can be released into local lakes. Since 2008, the hatchery has raised and stocked well over 100,000 lake and brook trout in local lakes.
That’s certainly the case for a pair of tower-like aeration devices and their structural steel supports at the Bluewater Anglers’ fish hatchery, built 30 years ago in Point Edward.
The twin towers, that oxygenate well water as it trickles through a series of drums, are critical for the hatchery’s role in rearing some 150,000 fish every year for release into the Lake Huron water system, said the not-for-profit’s Brad Armstrong.
The Nipissing MPP read a members’ statement about the Lake Nipissing Stakeholders’ Association attempt to restock the dwindling walleye populationThe Association has stocked walleye fry at its Wasi Falls hatchery for more than 30 years.
Under the guidance of veteran anglers, the seven-year-old Sarnia boy managed to reel in his first fish – a rainbow trout – all while wearing his ‘lucky’ blue hat that he saved from the St. Clair River last summer.
“His hat fell into the water, so we had to use the rod to get it out,” his grandfather Paul Chivers recalled Saturday.
Even though Lester didn’t catch any fish that day, Chivers said his grandson thought his one catch – his hat – may send good vibes his way when he tried fishing again Saturday.
While the Ministry of Natural Resources focuses its stocking efforts on lake trout, local sportsmen’s clubs are also working to stock streams and rivers with other species of trout and salmon. Eggs are collected at fishways then grown in tanks to be released back into the wild for fisherman to catch.