Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Troubled Western Ontario Tributaries?

The Lake Ontario tributary fishery is known for its fall run of monster King Salmon, smashing Steelhead and lunker Brown Trout. Over the last ten years Ontario’s Western New York tributaries have received increased interest from their surrounding urban centers. Critics say anglers flock to these destinations in such large numbers that an enjoyable angling experience cannot be had by all, contributing to irreversible damage to this delicate ecosystem.

As a group of conservation minded anglers, how can we set up the regulations as to foster an enjoyable angler experience, support minimal angler impact on the migratory salmonids, and promote natural reproduction while staying mindful of the size and accessibility issues unique to Lake Ontario's 18mile and Oak Orchard Creeks? Maybe the regulations already in place are sufficient? Maybe it’s not a change in regulations that are needed, but proper enforcement of the current laws? Both of these potential solutions to our hypothetical problem have their limitations, both in effectiveness and monetary practicality. I'm interested in what you think about this critical issue.

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