Recent Steelheading

fireram

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Thanks for the post, great pics, amazing that we have these fish in our rivers.
Would be nice if the province would do more to improve the rivers that dont, or cant, support these..
 

Josh Roelofsen

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Thanks for the post, great pics, amazing that we have these fish in our rivers.
Would be nice if the province would do more to improve the rivers that dont, or cant, support these..
A majority of our great lakes tribs hold very healthy naturalized populations. We're pretty lucky! Not sure theres much we could do short of massive stocking and I'm not sure thats a great idea...

Josh
 

jammer

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A majority of our great lakes tribs hold very healthy naturalized populations. We're pretty lucky! Not sure theres much we could do short of massive stocking and I'm not sure thats a great idea...

Josh
Lots could be done on river habitat especially the mouths of the smaller creeks... That would be just a start... Lower limits and no kill sections of some rivers as well... Not trying to hijack your post... Always do enjoy your pics...
 

Josh Roelofsen

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Im all for habitat improvements! But the mouths of creeks aren't where work is required. Upstream Spawning areas and cold water, juvenile rearing habitat is what needs to be protected/improved....

Theres some areas that I think would be great to open up year round and have C&R only during the extended season. Unfortunately the MNR would rather streamline regulations as much as possible rather than successfully manage individual fisheries. And introduced migratory species are far from their the top of the priority list despite being such a popular resource 😒

Josh
 

jammer

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If they can't get past the mouth... They can't get upstream... ;) The WHOLE system could use some overhaul...
 

JohnPK

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Unfortunately Ontario is a mess as far as protecting and rehabilitating streams. Neighbouring states like MIchigan and Ohio are far more receptive to protection of streams. I just recently have had a horror show with my township, UTCA and eventually the Federal Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans. A stream on my property (unfortunately designated as a drain) back in the 60's was dredged...a cold water stream that had rehabilitated itself over time. Fortunately because I had documented a species at risk (Northern Brook Lamprey), part of the stream on my property was not dredged. Basically it is all political, farmers (myself included) for the most part want waterways dredged. In bordering states you just don't see land farmed within a few feet of a stream or river....here in Ontario that's the norm. Township politicians don't want to risk losing elections so when someone calls to have an area dredged..it just happens. UTRCA are in a conflict trying to protect resources but they get funding from the townships. Thankfully someone from Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans said no to dredging.
 
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