Why Lake Ontario is the land of fishy dreams

Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.

There’s a certain magic about any day spent on the water.

For me, this is especially true when I set out on Lake Ontario. It is without a doubt one of my favourite bodies of water to fish.

It’s vast, beautiful, deep, and fun to figure out. Best of all? It grows some massive fish. What’s not to love?

Due to its size, the wind can pick up quickly on Lake O. Lake Ontario deserves our respect, and I appreciate any opportunity to get out there exploring.

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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 rivers that 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!

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Why you should try fall bass fishing

Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.

Fall is the absolute favourite season for many anglers.

It’s no wonder! Although I love summer, I quickly forget I’m missing the heat when fall bass action rolls around.

There are tons of reasons why now is a great time to get out on the water and chase Large-mouth and Small-mouth Bass. Below, I’ve included just a few reasons why you need to get in on some fall bass fishing action, like now!

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Fishing on the Mattawa River

Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.

Fishing on a new body of water is always exciting and presents a challenge, too.

Fishing a new lake means learning the lay of the land without having go-to areas or fishing hotspots from past adventures to rely on.

This is precisely why I love traveling so much and visiting various parks in our beautiful province. It’s an opportunity to dissect new waters and create memories.

Any day on the water is a day well spent, but landing a memorable catch on a brand new body of water certainly adds a satisfying element to the experience.

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Fishing for popsicles at Pinery

Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education and Resource Management Supervisor Alistair MacKenzie.

The Old Ausable Channel runs through Pinery Provincial Park and hosts an impressive variety of species, many of which are species-at-risk.

But over the past few years, we’ve noticed a lot of extra litter ending up in the channel…

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The Learn to Fish road show

Ever wanted to try the Learn to Fish program? Well, you’re in luck because the Learn to Fish team is hitting the road!

The mobile unit is stocked with fishing gear, and the crew is headed out on their 2017 park tour. They’ll be stopping by at almost a dozen provincial parks to bring Learn to Fish to you.

The Learn to Fish program is a totally free, two-hour session where you’ll learn everything you need to go fishing on your own.

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Spring carp fishing

Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.

Have you ever targeted Common Carp?

When most people see a carp for the first time, they’re blown away by their size. Carp are one of largest fish species roaming our waters here in Ontario and as you can probably tell by the big smiles, they’re an absolute blast to reel in! They are open to be targeted year-round and are typically found in relatively shallow water throughout the open water season.

As such, carp are one of the first species I target in the spring while I wait for other seasons to open. There’s nothing quite like starting off the open water season chasing fish that can average over 20 pounds!

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10 reasons you should go fishing

Fishing a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends, as well as a great spot to get hooked on! Unlike most sports, angling is a relatively inexpensive way to spend time in a calm and peaceful environment, yet still getting to feel the rush of excitement when landing the big one! It can help you de-stress and motivate you towards a healthier lifestyle.

It’s also the best way to enjoy delicious fresh-caught fish!

This past weekend we spent some time with the Learn to Fish team to help us round up the top ten reasons to go fishing!

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