Bronte Creek Salmon Poaching

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Province Launching Investigation Into Ontario’s Bronte Creek Salmon Poaching The most sickening thing about this passion we all have, fishing, is the people who go about it in the most unethical, and illegal ways they can.  Its fall in Ontario again, and our rivers look like it… Finally the Ministry of Natural Resources is stepping up, follow this link to read the story on the Inside Halton website:   Bronte Creek Salmon Investigation This is the time of year that some of the worst anglers come out to play. It’s fall, and we have many species of migratory salmon and trout entering the great lakes tributaries.  While many folks choose to angle these fish in legal, ethical ways, many more

Identifying Spawning Redds

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Spawning Redds – Avoid Trampling Spawning Beds In the spring and fall here in Ontario, several species of fish make their way into tributaries of the great lakes to spawn.  In the fall, Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, brown trout & rainbow trout make up the bulk of the runs.  In the spring, its mainly rainbow trout with the exception of a few tributaries that have spring salmon runs. Although there are stocking programs in place for these species in Ontario, there are also naturally reproducing populations of all of the above species.  One of the key factors in ensuring these natural stocks are able to continue on is the ability to identify, and avoid trampling the areas in which they

Fly Fishing the Maitland River

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I can still remember the excitement rising up alongside the morning sun as I pedaled my homemade bicycle, affectionately nicknamed “the swampcycle”, over the loose gravel concession road to where it ended at the Maitland River for a morning fish. In the last couple of decades I’ve been blessed enough to have found many rivers throughout Ontario that have captured a piece of my heart, but the Maitland will always be weighted with significance. The Maitland River was my introduction to river fishing; a bi-weekly escape for a city boy longing to be a country boy. The Maitland River is a large & complex meandering river that changes faces a number of times throughout its entirety. From the almost stagnant