First Canoe Outing of the Year

Weather conditions for the week were looking wet and windy so a friend and I decided we would take advantage of Monday’s good weather and take a little canoe trip on a local lake.  Secretly I had hoped we woudl find the schools of crappy know to inhabit the lake.

Following a short day at work we loaded up my firends recent;ly purchased canoe and headed to a nearby small lake.  Upon arrival we were shocked to see a significant amount of ice still remaining on the lake.

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Regardless of the ice, we departed the launch amidsts the honks of geese and silent flutter of a pair of golden eyes.

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After prodding the ice a bit we focussed on the task at hand and tried to find a school paper mouths who were willing to cooperate with our fishing efforts.

We located a school of crappie at the end of the canoe ride however they didnt seem interested in the plethora of small jigs and rubbers we threw their way.  I attribute this mostly to the persistant cold temperatures of the lake water.

Maybe next time during warmer weather!

Cheers

Al

I Wonder What is in that Lake…. – Fish ON-Line GIS Tool

If you are like me, every time you pass a lake, river or any body of water you cant help sneaking a peek and wondering, “What fish live in there?”

Maybe you see a weedy bay and think, probably largemouth bass, maybe pike.  Or maybe while driving along Lake Ontario you fantasize about intense battles with chrome beasts or with giant bronzeback smallies on the depths of some remote shoal.  Maybe you have absolutely no clue what species live where and feel discouraged.

Well, thanks to our tax payer’s dollars and some GIS technicians over at the Ministry of Natural Resources, you no longer have to wonder.

The fishing Explorer, otherwise know as Fish ON-line is a handy web based, free to use GIS delivery site that displays which specieis live where in Ontario.  Data is summarized by each lake and can be searched via parameter or by zooming in on a specific lake using the site map interface.

Searches can be conducted by proximity to a lake, species or town or just by species.  As an added bonus to all you trout and walleye fans, stocking information is also provided for some lakes.

Fish ON-Line Link:

http://www.web2.mnr.gov.on.ca/fish_online/fishing/fishingExplorer_en.html

Please keep in mind this service is fairly new, and I imagine it is always under construction.  That being said some lakes lack information on a specific species or for that matter, any information at all.

Cheers

Al