Fishing and Hunting

Fishing

2024 MNRF Fishing Regulations – FMZ 18

 

Website link:  MNRF – Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) 18

mnrf-fishing-regulations-summary-en-2024-01-19 – pdf 24.1MB

Fisheries-Management-Zone-18-BB13-MAPS – pdf 36.7MB

 

 

Not long ago an angler’s expertise was measured in pounds of fillets and photographs with stringers of dead fish. Now, live releasing all or part of the catch is more common, as anglers across Ontario become more conservation-oriented. They realize that no body of water has a limitless supply of fish, and understand that they have a responsibility to protect and improve the fishery.

Christie Lake Fisheries Enhancement Program – Fishsticks

Fish habitat enhancement with the use of brush bundles and weighted Christmas trees, was conducted at 19 locations on Christie Lake located in Tay Valley Township in Lanark County. With support from the Christie Lake Association various locations were determined and mapped. Equipment was purchased and organized with volunteers. This project took place on several weekends over a three-month period due to volunteer availability.

Map of Christie Lake Brush Bundle Enhancement Sites

Christie Lake Fishsticks map 2015

Many lakes are now lacking natural woody structure due to cottages, marinas and resorts that all want to clean up their waterfront properties by removing natural fallen trees, branches and stumps. The brush bundles will provide habitat for the fish for shelter, reproduction and feeding. Algae and microorganisms will attach to the bundles, providing food for fish and waterfowl. The fish can also use the structures to lay their eggs, and the young fish then can hide in them to escape larger adult predatory fish, such as pike and walleye. In addition, turtles and snakes can utilize the brush bundles for cover.

 

 

Hunting

Hunting is enjoyed by many local hunters.  Christie Lake falls within the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 67 (Map) – pdf 1.3MB . For information on hunting seasons (including hunting methods) for specific wildlife within WMU-67, please refer to How to Determine When Hunting Seasons Occur in Your Area’  on the MNR website.  You can also download the MNR 2015-2016 Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary .   The Province of Ontario has proposed the expansion of the spring bear hunt pilot project.   For more information, visit http://ofah.org/2015/10/massive-expansion-of-spring-bear-hunt/.

If you become aware of a fish or wildlife related infraction, please report it. Call the MNR TIPS Reporting Line at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667). If you prefer to make an anonymous report, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).