Upcoming and Recent Events
(Last updated November 4, 2014)
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McVicar Creek Neighbours Night
Wednesday November 12th at 7pm
St. Bernard’s School in the small gym
Tour starts at 8pm behind Grandview Arena
Admission is free—coffee and refreshments served.
Rain and snowmelt from our neighbourhoods flow into urban streams, carrying pollutants and affecting fish habitat. Find out what the City of Thunder Bay is doing to protect McVicar Creek in your neighbourhood. Learn about the McVicar Creek Protection & Rehabilitation Plan, and tour the new stormwater retention site on Madeline Street. Discover how you can get involved in protecting McVicar Creek too!
Brief presentations followed by outdoor walking tour—dress for the weather.
The North Shore Steelhead Assn. is the project leader for a small cold water, Brook Trout stream rehabilitation project in Centennial park. This little creek, which has been named in honor of our friend Jon George, senior MNR field technician (ret) was channelized in the late 60's. The results of this rehab work have been nothing short of amazing thanks to many volunteers and organizations who spent time and dollars in the name of helping these little guys. NSSA member Keith Ailey was asked to get some GoPro footage of the project and he came through, as he always does, with flying colours! It sure looks like the little trout are thriving in the new pools and riffles Please visit the YouTube site below. https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=j4deNWDQ6uo&feature=share
- Phase 2 of the George Creek project has been completed. click here to learn more about this project
- Beavers have downed 7 trees at Fisherman's Park as of Sept 16 2014. The City has called in a trapper to deal with the situation.
- Ministry of Natural Resources Summer Expierence Students assisting with the installation of root wads at George Creek
Three steelhead assessment projects were conducted during the spring of 2014. They are as follows;
1. McIntyre River Steelhead
2. Portage Creek Steelhead
3. Co-op Angler Study
All studies were conducted in partnership with the North Shore Steelhead Association, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
The report summarizes the three studies and discusses the overall health of steelhead stocks from Thunder Bay to Marathon (Lake Superior). The following chart is only a part of the report's findings. To view the complete report please click here. For more information please visit the Cooperative Angler project.
Thanks to all anglers that participated in this program in 2014.
- Many thanks to the MNR Stewardship Youth Ranger (SYR) program and Stacey Whent, the District SYR Lead who spent three days at George Creek constructing a cedar fence to protect the source water at George Creek, transplanting trees and sod, and doing general clean up of the area. More information
- The McIntyre River bank stabilization project has been postponed until 2015.
- Replica of the world record Brook Trout presented to the Nipigon Museum click here for pictures and story.
- Stream Rehabilitation Seminar.
Do you know of a degraded trout stream in or around Thunder Bay that would benefit from a rehabilitation effort? This workshop is an opportunity to make that happen. Please take the time to participate in a discussion regarding potential stream rehabilitation projects. Hope to see you this Wednesday evening June 11th 6-9 at the Chalet in Centennial Park. More information at www.infosuperior.com
- The McIntyre River Rainbow Trout population project information has been updated. Please visit the projects page to view the information.
Harbour Contamination - How to Clean up the mercury?
Wednesday March 19th at 7:00 PM at Lakehead University, Ryan Building Room 1022
Potential options to deal with 50 acres of sediment contaminated with mercury in the north portion of Thunder Bay Harbour will be presented at 7 p.m., March 19th in room 1022 of the Ryan Building at Lakehead University. Evening parking is free of charge. All meetings of the Public Advisory Committee to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan, or harbour cleanup plan, are open to the public. More information is available at www.infosuperior.com
- The NSSA once again participated in the Central Canada Outdoor Show held on Feb 22-24. Information regarding our George Creek and McIntyre River projects was distributed to the public.
- The NSSA wishes to thank Ed Mlynarski, Kevin Crocker and Tom Armstrong for their past two years of service on the Executive and wishes to welcome Jim Donaldson, Eric Mickelson and Kyle Stratton onto the 2014-2015 Executive. For a complete list of the Officers and Directors please click on About Us on the main banner.
- Provincial Fish Strategy The draft version of the proposed Provincial Fish Strategy has been placed on the Environmental Registry for a 120 day public review period. Comments will be accepted up until May 21, 2014. http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId= MTIwODEx&statusId=MTgwODU4& language=en The final fish strategy will be the guiding document for managing fisheries resources in Ontario and replaces the Strategic Plan for Ontario Fisheries II (SPOF II), which was released in 1992.
Fisherman's Park update. As of Nov 8 2013 the paving to the Large Shelter has been completed, along with some landscaping work to the surrounding grounds. A bike rack will be installed by the entrance in the near future.
Infosuperior.com : A New Web Site to Provide the Latest News on Lake Superior Infosuperior.com is a new web site managed through the Lakehead University Remedial Action Plan Office meant to provide a wide range of current, relevant, interesting information about Lake Superior. Visit infosuperior.com for latest news on the lake.
- George Creek 60 herbacious plants including Joe Pye weed, and Marsh Marigold were planted along sections of the shoreline of George Creek by Davis and Werner on Sept 24 2013.
- For a photographic tour of the rehabilitation of George Creek Click here Photos taken by Jim Bailey Remedial Action Plan coordinator.
The Ontario government is improving the siting of large energy infrastructure projects by implementing 18 recommendations made by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
- Jon George has reported that a 540mm male Rainbow Trout caught and tagged by Terry on May 16 of 2013 in the McIntyre River was captured at Grand Portage Minnesota last week. The angler said it was a salmon !!!
- Before and After photos of Centennial Park-George Creek rehabilitation project. The planting has been completed thanks to the many volunteers who committed their time to this project. The installation of in-stream cover will be done in the next few weeks.
- The City's planned renovations to the Boulevard Lake dam have been put on hold until next year due to higher than expected costs. The City will retender the contract in the near future.
- The MOE has yet to confirm a new Permit to Take Water for the purpose of establishing a minimum flow regime to protect the fish habitat in the lower Current River.
- Marathon Platinum Group Metals and Copper Mine Project Responses from Stillwater Canada Inc. to Information Requests (Received between March 4, 2013 to June 26, 2013). Please visit the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's website for more information
- The NSSA is very please to announce that Enterprise Rent-a-Car is helping to sponsor the Portage Creek Rainbow Trout Project. Pictured above is Andrew Hill from Enterprise, Jon George project coordinator, and Davis Viehbeck from the Ministry of Natural Resources.
- MNR and OFAH hatchery program.
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has partnered with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to deliver the new Community Hatchery Program (CHP). Funding for this program has been reallocated from the old Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program (CFWIP). Full story
The MNR has introduced a new funding opportunity entitled The Land Stewardship & Habitat Restoration Program. This program is being funded by the balance of the funds previously allocated to the CFWIP fund.
- This New Partnership signage is being installed at our Fisherman's Park project listing all of our community partnerships
- Terry Kosolowski put together some of the GoPro footage he took this spring. Enjoy!
http://youtu.be/T-t70baTpSI Steelhead fishing on the beautiful streams of the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Improving Brook Trout Habitat: Nipigon Bay's Kama Creek Restoration Underway
Starting mid-October 2011, Nipigon Bay’s Kama Creek has been part of an ecological restoration project to help revitalize fish populations as part of the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan (RAP). Rehabilitation of an area near Kama Point and Kama Bay (20 kilometres east of Nipigon) will reinstate Kama Creek and its floodplain to a condition resembling its original pre-1960s configuration.
The Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan team and the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) identified the condition of creeks like Kama Creek as a primary factor in declining fish populations and fish habitat in the Nipigon Bay Area of Concern (AOC). The Kama Creek restoration is a key action to restore the fish habitat and fish populations in the Nipigon Bay AOC. More information
- Steel River video. If your interested in seeing an aerial view of the Steel River, one of our flying members has posted a video on YouTube. Please follow this link to view http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZOVt7TSTa4
- This is
Didymosphenia geminata, or didymo. A single-celled organism also known as rock snot, didymo has done as much as any invasive species to prompt calls for a ban on felt soles. Click here to read more about this organisms effect. For more information regarding Didymo in Lake Superior click here.
- New Salmon identification Cards are now available at local sporting goods stores and bait shops in and aroung Thunder Bay. These cards will assist Lake Superior anglers rapidly and correctly identify their catch.
Weather and Flow Rate Information
Heading out to the Jackpine, Cypress or Nipigon???
Environment Canada offers Real - time Hydrometric flow rate information for several streams in and around Thunder Bay.
Photo Gallery Needs updating! Got a great picture that that you would like to share? Email us your photo (.jpg file preferred) and it will be added to the Gallery. Click here.
Next Meeting Date:
The next General meeting will be held on November 20, 2014 at the Valhalla Inn in the Viking room beginning at 7 pm.
For a list of all the scheduled meeting dates please click on "Member Updates"
2015 Dinner & Auction
The annual Dinner and Auction will be held on March 27th at the Valhalla Inn.
Pictured above is Tom Whalley, President of the North Shore Steelhead Association, along with Kaitlyn Pile the winner of the 16' Lund Fury Boat and ShoreLand'r Trailer Draw at the 2014 Dinner and Auction fundraiser held on March 28th at the Valhalla Inn (Lottery licence M738194)
Visit Fundraising on the main banner to see what items were available a this year's auction, and who where the lucky winners of the Lottery Licenced draws.
If you are planning to attend the dinner and have special dietary needs please contact the Valhalla Inn and you will be accomodated. click here Valhalla Inn
This year's Dinner and Auction welcomes two major contributors
Gillons Insurance has donated a fly in fishing trip at Manitou Weather Station north of Fort Frances to the North Shore Steelhead Association in support of the 2014 Dinner and Auction.
The trip includes 3 nights 4 days fishing with guides, high powered fishing boats and all the amenities one would expect. Rusty Myers would fly you from Fort Frances to the lodge and back. All meals are included. The retail value of the trip is $8400.00
Porter Airlines has donated return flights for two to any of Porter's destinations.
"Whiplash" a giclee print on canvas featuring the coloured pencil work by Travis J. Sylvester.
"Superior Steelhead" 11"x15" watercolor on paper.
An original work by Tim Pearson
Please check Fundraising to view other items that will be available at the Dinner and Auction
( Links will be featured on a rotational basis)
Kashabowie River Resort
D’N’R Sporting Goods
485 Memorial Ave.
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Toll free 1-888-345-1511
40 years! Did you know that this year marks the 40th year that the NSSA has been serving our community and district! See "About Us" for more information.
Ontario Fishing On-Line information
Regulations Summary for 2014
Where to fish in Ontario
The Ministry of Natural Resources will not be sending out notices of renewal for Outdoor Cards. All members are asked to check the expiry date on their cards before heading out. Here is the link for on-line renewal.
Outdoors Card, Licences and Draws Renewal
The NSSA encourages our members to practice catch and release.
For more information CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW
The Ministry of Natural Resources has a Turn-in-Poachers (TIPS) hotline for reporting fishing infractions. Call 1-877-TIPS-MNR or 1-877-847-7667
Information from other organizations
Parks Canada - Northern Ontario | Parcs Canada – Nord de l’Ontario
SHORELINES : Stories from our guides and guardians
shoreLINES is a quarterly newsletter intended to keep our partners and stakeholders informed about Parks Canada’s activities and heritage places in Northern Ontario.
To view an informative video on the adverse effects that hatchery fish have on native species please click on the following link. Consequences of Hatchery Fish
The Native Fish Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 whose purpose is to protect and restore native, wild fish and their habitats. Our goal is the conservation, preservation and restoration of wild fish in the Pacific Northwest. We work to establish effective fish management policies based on the latest scientific research, and we encourage the public to get involved in this process.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has released the results of the 2010 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada. This report provides an insite as to the value of recreational fishing. Read more
The second newsletter from the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) is now available. The newsletter provides an overview of past information sessions and open houses on the NMCA Interim Management Plan as well as information regarding activities of this past summer and where we will be going in the future. for more information visit Parks Canada's website at http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/amnc-nmca/on/super/index.aspx
The Osprey is a Journal Published by the Steelhead Committee of the Federation of Fly Fishers.
September's edition of The Osprey has a very interesting article on the Nottawasaga River Steelhead entitled "A Great Lakes lesson in local adaptation and naturalization".
Manitoulin Streams Improvement Association This award winning organization has recently issued their Winter 2012 Newsletter which should be of interest to those concerned with stream improvement projects.
Information regarding the Asian Carp and the Chicago canal situation can be obtained by clicking here to read several articles contained in this report Inland Seas Angler GREAT LAKES BASIN REPORT
Caught a tagged fish?
Report a Tag
Please report it to Jon George, Portage Creek program administrator click here.
Include the following information in your email;
Was it kept or released
Date the fish was caught
Tag number and color.
Condition of the fish
Size of the fish (Length and girth)
"2012 Annual Report LaMP "The Lake Superior Binational Program partners are continuing to develop and implement the LaMP. Click the link above to access the Lakewide Management Plan 2012 Annual Report for Lake Superior (or LaMP).
"The 2011 Lower Current River Habitat Assessment" December 1, 2011.
Thunder Bay District Stewardship Council &
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Thunder Bay, ON
Prepared by: Dr. Robert F. Foster of Northern Bioscience Ecological Consulting
Fish habitat mapping and electrofishing was conducted between August 31 and September 23, 2011 on the Current River below the Boulevard Lake dam and its mouth at Lake Superior. A total of 1063 fish of 10 species were caught during 10,976 seconds of electrofishing. Large fish species included one adult and five young of the year (YOY) walleye, 63 rainbow trout, 3 brook trout, and 32 YOY white sucker. To read the complete report Click Here
"Thunder Bay Salmon Derby Monitoring Report 2008-2011" Click here to read the report The Upper Great Lakes Management Unit has released a Quik report 11-03.
Thunder Bay District Stewardship Council "Cedar, Pitch & Whitewood Creeks Benthic Invertebrate and Fish Community Assessment" by Northern Biosicence Aquatic assessments on three Whitefish River tributaries were conducted due to some concern over potential impacts from land use practices within the watersheds of Cedar, Pitch, and Whitewood creeks. The health of benthic invertebrate communities was assessed used the Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN) protocol at three sites in 2010, which were compared to previously assessed reference sites on the same tributaries. For the complete report please read the attached pdf file Whitefish Tributaries Assessment
Environment Canada releases a new video entitled "Keeping the Great Lakes Great"
"Common Parasites of Ontario Fishes" Edited by H Ayles and published in 1970 by the Department of Lands and Forest this old reference text is still a valuable aid to fisherman. Click here to view.
"Potential Steelhead Production in the Current River" To view the Beak Report,which was prepared in May 1990, please "click here" This is a large file and may take a few minutes to download.
"Wild Pacific Salmon of the Ganaraska River and Ganaraska Reion Conservation Authority Watersheds". Why stocking salmonids may not be the answer. Click here to read this short but informative flyer by Brian Morrison of the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority
Fish-killing virus (VHS) has invaded Lake Superior. Viral Haemorrhagic Septicemia has been found in fish from Duluth harbour. For the full story click here
"Carry-over effect of captive breeding reduces reproductive fitness of wild-born descendants in the wild". Click here to read the paper
"Management Perspectives on Coaster Brook Trout
Rehabilitation in the Lake Superior Basin" by
DONALD R. SCHREINER. Click here to read this paper
"Thermal diversity of fish in southern Ontario watersheds & climate change" by Nicholas Jones This paper pertains to the Lake Superior watershed as well as S. Ontario. Click here to access.
Interesting read "Effects of Commercially Available Egg Cures on the Survival of Juvenile Salominds" by Shaun Clements, Rob Chitwood, and Carl B Scherck.
Is there a resident Rainbow Trout population in the Current River above the Boulevard Lake dam? This recently released scientific paper describes how that could occur. Click here for more information.
Check out the concerns being expressed by the Wild Steehead Coalition regarding the state of the Rainbow Trout fishery on the west coast !
Benthic Report on North Shore Streams
The study which includes samples from North Shore streams and two local streams is being done through the Study Our Streams program. Click here to view the 2008 report
Trout Lake Learning Centre
by Blair Wasylenko funded by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund
Genetic characteristics of Rainbow Trout
Genetic Analysis of North Shore Steelhead by Peter Addison. Available in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat Reader required.
Wild Salmon Centre. Japan appears to be on the right track when it comes to protecting watersheds. Click here to read an interesting article which appeared in the Wild Salmon Centre Newsletter.
The Sea Lamprey Contol division of the DFO will be conducting lampricide application in our district during this upcoming field season. To view the application schedule "click here"