Fishing News

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2019 Fishing Regulations (Zone 18)

 Walleye/Pickerel: January 1 – March 1 and 2nd Saturday in May to December 31st
Sport Fishing; Limit 4; Must be between 40-50 cm -(15.7– 19.7 in)
Conservation Fishing; Limit 2; Must be between 40-50 cm –
(15.7– 19.7 in)

Bass: Open Season is between the 3rd Saturday in June to December 15th. Concerns have been expressed of fishing out of season and in shallow waters when the Bass are on their nests. 

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Report Resource Abuse 1 877 847-7667

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  • Exact location of offence
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Be A Good Sport

Bass make their nests close to shore in shallow water.   Please be careful not to disturb them with power watercraft, swimming or fishing to close to shore in May or June.  The picture on the right is an aerial view of multiple bass nests in June. 


Anglers are kindly asked not to fish too close to the shoreline which is commonly reserved for safe swimming, family fun (people, docks and rafts), water habitat (fish, frogs, minks, beavers, newborn animals, nests, etc.) and nature gazing.

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angler talk

Disposing of Mono filament Line

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Monofilament line is very harmful to wildlife and boat propellers.  Please use our Monofilament recycling containers by discarding used or broken fishing line in these bins. Our volunteers will collect the line and mail it to Berkley Conservation for processing. 

Types of Fish Found In Wolfe Lake

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  • Walleye (Pickerel)
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Pike
  • Perch
  • Whitefish
  • Bluegill
  • Bullhead
  • Panfish - sunfish and crappie
  • Sucker

What To Do With Unused Bait

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Can I dump my bait into the Lake? 

Government of Ontario  "It’s illegal to empty your bait bucket, drain the water or release live bait fish into a lake, river or other waters." 

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What You Can Do To Protect Our Lake From Invasive Species

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Clean

  • Clean and inspect all items used in water includeing but not limited to watercraft, trailer and gear. 
  • Remove all plants, animals and mud at the access area or dock.
  • Rinse, scrub or pressure wash your boat away from storm drains, ditches and waterways.  Use hot water if possible.

Drain

  • On land, before leaving the waterbody, drain all water from bait buckets, ballasts, bilges, coolers, internal compartments, live wells, etc. 
  • For paddle boats, kayaks and canoes, drain by inverting or tilting the watercraft, opening compartments ad removing seats if necessary.


Dry

  • Dry the watercraft and gear completely between trips.
  • Leave compartment open and sponge out standing water. 


Improper Handling for BIG Fish

Who doesn’t love to land a really BIG fish and get bragging rights via a few quick pic’s before “releasing the beast?” While landing an exceptional fish can make for lasting memories, we, as ethical anglers, should educate ourselves on practices that enhance a successful release. Common injuries to fish include exhaustion from overplaying; deep hook sets; oxygen deprivation; damage from dropping, etc; but did you know that how you HOLD a fish, especially a heavy one, can harm its chances at survival?

Lifting a heavy fish vertically, i.e. from the water, to check its weight or for photographs can cause separation of the vertebrae, especially in (but NOT exclusive to) long fish like northern pike. In some instances, an unmistakable “pop” can be heard. Whether it’s being hung from the jaw, gill plate or tail makes no difference – if the vertebrae separate, the fish likely dies. Just as in people, spinal cord injuries in fish can be devastating. I’ve often wondered why fish “calm down” when being held vertically. The answer is because there is so much strain on the spinal cord that they are nearly paralyzed

Most biologists and conservation staffers agree: if you must lift a big fish, it’s crucial to support most of its weight by placing one hand firmly under its belly. (Bass species under 3 lbs. may be briefly held vertically; heavier ones require belly support.)

All bass can sustain mortal injury by another improper hold that’s popular among bass enthusiasts and tournament anglers. While dangling from its lower lip, the fish’s body is tilted upward at a horizontal angle, placing tremendous stress on the lower jaw. Injuries can include soft tissue and muscle damage or jaw fracture, usually leading to death as the bass can no longer feed. Fish often swim away, only to succumb later.

Admitting that we may have been harming fish for years from improper handling is not a good feeling. However, it’s never too late to do the right thing, and by changing the way we handle big fish today, we can help ensure a healthy fishery for tomorrow.


Margie Manthey, Fishing Director – WLA


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Improper HANDLING of big fish

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PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS HOLD

  

ON FISH AS IT CAUSES DAMAGE TO THEIR JAWS WHICH CAN LEAD TO THEIR DEATH.