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TEMPORARY FISH SANCTUARIES APPROVED FOR CHARLESTON LAKE FOR 2024 AND 2025

  • The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has introduced temporary fish sanctuaries on Charleston and Opinicon Lake to support long-term bass nesting and population recruitment research.  These NO FISH zones will be in effect only from April 15 to July 5 in the following areas:

    •  Within 100 meters of

      • Sheep Island (44°33'21"N., 76°00'45" W.),

      • Democrat Island (44°32'34" N., 76⁰00'55"W.),

      • Fisher Island (44°33'00" N., 76°01'05"W.),

      • Hogback Island (44°32'43"N., 76°00'28" W.),

      • Prospect Island (44°32'32"N., 76°00'22" W.),

      • Tar Island (44°32'57"N., 76°00'41"W.),

      • Victoria Island (44°32'53"N., 76°01'07"W.), and

      • Rockhouse Island (44°33'16"N., 76°01'07"W.)

    • Sally’s Hole (including Brown’s Island) (44⁰33'42" N., 75⁰58'52"W.)

  • Please help us in this effort by respecting the fishing boundaries.  

  • For more information, click on the Ministry's website

HISTORY

  • In co-operation with academia (Fisheries Conservation Foundation, Universities of Carleton, Illinois, Manitoba and Queens), the ministry is proposing to create temporary fish sanctuaries on Charleston and Opinicon Lakes for the 2024/2025 fishing season to support long-term bass nesting and population recruitment research. 

  • proposed temporary regulation changes are to support long-term bass nesting and population research which has been conducted over the last three decades.  

  • Research conducted by academia has shown that pre-season bass fishing (either intentional or while targeting other fish species) and fishing for nesting bass once the season is open, has had a detrimental impact on population recruitment in several bass fisheries. 

PROPOSED SANCTUARY RESEARCH

The proposed sanctuary will support continues research in this area.  The research intends to use spring-time bass spawning sanctuary to determine the level of improvement in reproduction and resulting population recruitment in comparison to unprotected areas.  The research will also study the relative size of sanctuary area needed to provide for sustainable population recruitment for each waterbody as well as area required to compensate for the negative impacts of pre-season fishing for nesting bass.  The research also intends to collect data on population monitoring indicators which will be compared to historical data collected for each lake during the 1990's by the research group.

MORE INFORMATION

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