Proposed Changes to the Walleye and Bass Fishery on Lake Nippissing

Im sure from my posts on here, all my readers are well aware that I absolutely love fishing Lake Nippissing.  In my view, it has some of the best walleye fishing anywhere in the province (for numbers at least).  As a big supporter of the lake, I know many people enjoy harvesting walleye from this water body.  Knowing this I felt compelled to share the upcoming changes with my readership.

Basically the changes are:

For walleye, a change from current slot size of 40 to 60 centimetres (15.7 to 23.6 inches) to a zero possession of walleye less than 46 centimetres (18 inches) in length to come into effect May 17, 2014. There are no changes to catch limits.

• For smallmouth and largemouth bass, a change to the opening date of fishing season to open one week earlier, starting June 21, 2014 (3rd Saturday in June instead of 4th). There are no changes to catch limits.

Though these changes are not reflected in the current Ontario Fishing Regulation Summary (2014), the changes are effective as of May 17, 2014 and will be reflected in the 2015 version of the Ontario Fishing Regulation Summary.

These changes are intended to support the recovery of the walleye population by allowing juvenile walleye to grow and spawn at least once in their lifetime and by promoting other angling opportunities.

(excerpt taken from the EBR posting below)

http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTIyMjgx&statusId=MTgzMzA1&language=en

Opinions on this change will vary I am sure.  Either way I strongly encourage you to comment on this or reach out to your local OFAH chapter to voice your opinion.

Your thoughts aren’t heard if there not voiced.

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