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Sunday, February 10, 2008

South Eastern Ontario large baitfish ban lifted

Looks like the Ontario MNR is back at work again, they have lifted their new ban on bait fish larger than 5 inches, apparently it would cause too much damage to bait shops selling large minnows. The ban lasted for 1 month.

In light of what they have to say for themselves, I would suggest that they promote quick strike rigs, although in my experience artificials seem to do a lot better there (at least on the Raisin River)... Here is a direct quote from their web site:

As of January 1, 2008, it became illegal to use baitfish larger than 13 cm (5.1 in.) in all of Fisheries Management Zone 18 (eastern Ontario). This change was made to limit the practice of gorge fishing, a technique that increases the mortality in released fish, but placed an unforeseen economic challenge on the local baitfish industry.
After hearing concerns from the industry and anglers, the ministry has lifted this restriction effective immediately. The ministry will continue to consult with the public and stakeholders on ways to reduce hooking mortality resulting from the use of gorge fishing and to ensure the sustainability of Ontario’s sport fishery.
“The bait industry and the sustainability of Ontario’s sport fishery support good jobs and ecological development across Ontario,” said Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield. “I’m pleased to work with the Bait Association of Ontario and local communities to create more opportunities for prosperous and sustainable fishing practices throughout our province.”





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