Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Teeswater Sacred Heart School Salmon Release & Hatchery Tour Apr 29-14

Lake Huron Fishing Club School Hatchery Program started to release their Salmon & taking the Students for a tour of the our Hatcheries, we had our Rainbow Trout eggs arrive 2 days ago, so they saw our Rainbow eggs, Brown Trout are 5 months old & the Rainbows are 1 year old, after the Salmon were released the group split in half & one group toured the Hatchery while the other 1/2 toured the Kincardine Lighthouse & the bonus was the rain wasn't pouring down while they released the Salmon.

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Grade 3/4 being told the Rainbow Trout eggs were collected 2 days ago & showing samples of Eggs, Milt, Alevin.



About 10,000 Brown Trout are in each tank at 5 months old.

Having a talk with Grade 7/8 about the different Species of Fish in the area.

Hope You Enjoyed

Monday, April 21, 2014

Lake Huron Fishing Club Gets Money for River and Stream Study

Here's an article from Blackburnnews.com, thought I'd share.
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Lake Huron Fishing Club Kincardine
The Lake Huron Fishing Club is looking to improve its efforts and has some federal funding to do so.
The club has received $53,000 from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which will be used to study the rivers and streams that empty into Lake Huron between Kincardine and Southampton.
Vice President Michael Hahn says they will be hiring a specialized engineering firm to complete the study, which will give the club an idea of which waterways are the best suited for sustaining natural fish reproduction.
He says this will allow the club to focus its hatchery operations on the waterways that give the fish the best chance for survival, hopefully boosting Lake Huron’s fish populations.
Hahn adds the Lake Huron Fishing Club releases nearly 250,000 salmon and trout into Lake Huron every year.
By  on April 18, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Port Credit Salmon Stocking

Just thought I'd give them a plug, Clubs helping out can only make things better, Step up & join your local Fishing club if possible, they can always use a hand or just your financial assistance.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

LHFC School Salmon Hatchery Program Expanding Again

I have been approved to expand our School Program in the fall of 2014 & our 5 New Chillers have arrived from California plus the 1 we needed to get repaired, I'm planning on having 20 or 21 School's running this fall & our Executive has approved to expand to 100 School's over the next 10 years as long as we can find the funding, I currently have enough local Schools to reach our 20 this fall but we have decided to try for 10 more in the Fall of 2015 & I would like to start a Partnership with other Clubs to make this happen, my Goal is to have 100 School's from Windsor to Guelph to Meaford & Tobermory, this is were all of you come in, I'm looking for Volunteers to help spread this Program throughout Southern Ontario or at least Southwestern Ontario, It would mean helping with setting up the Aquarium & Chiller a week or 2 before the Salmon Eggs are delivered, to make sure the Equipment is all running & the Chlorine has evaporated out of the water, after the Eggs hatch there isn't much to do unless there is an Equipment problem until they are ready to start feeding the Salmon, I try to drop in once a week if possible to make sure everything is going alright & take some Video or Pictures for my File & to keep people informed about our successes. The Students & Staff are usually happy to see you & talk about the Program & the Salmon's Progress. A few of the Club's in Grey Bruce Counties are interested in helping out around here just wondering if there is anyone interested in helping run the Program in 1 or 2 of their local school's, maybe you have Kids or Grand Kids that would love the program in their Class or School Library. School's on our waiting list out of our reach are in Guelph, Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, Markdale & Meaford if you are interested. 
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This Picture was taken after the Students released their Salmon Toured the Lake Huron Fishing Club's Port Elgin Salmon Hatchery & fished for the rest of the afternoon in the Port Elgin stocked pond behind our Hatchery.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Round Table discussion with Fisheries & Oceans Minister Shea & MP Larry Miller held in Owen Sound

I was one of the Group that met Friday in Owen Sound & when I introduced myself I mentioned I ran the School Salmon Hatchery Program for the Lake Huron Fishing Club, after the question & answer period was finished Minister Shea asked if I would talk about the School Salmon Hatchery Program, that really made my day.

By Denis Langlois, Sun Times, Owen Sound
Friday, April 11, 2014 6:32:52 EDT PM

Canada’s minister of fisheries and oceans says the federal government must remain vigilant in its fight to prevent Asian carp from becoming established in the Great Lakes.
Gail Shea, while in Owen Sound Friday, said the feds in 2012 committed $17.5 million over five years to protect the lakes from the threat of the fish and is working to finalize regulations that would ban, from coast to coast, the importation, transportation and possession of live aquatic invasive species.
Shea, along with Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Conservative MP Larry Miller and Progressive Conservative MPP Bill Walker, met with representatives from local sports fishing groups and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters for a roundtable discussion on Asian Carp.
“They reinforced the fact that we can’t let up on our efforts to keep these carp out of our waters,” Shea said in an interview, after the meeting at the Best Western Inn on the Bay.
“The Great Lakes fishery, of course, is a very valuable fishery for Canada. And we know the damage that Asian carp can do.”
Asian carp, which were brought from Asia to North America in the 1960s and 70s, prefer cool to moderate water temperatures like those found in the Great Lakes, according to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
They could, if established, eat the food native fish in the Great Lakes depend on and crowd them out of their habitat, causing significant damage to the sports and commercial fisheries, the MNR says.
Shea said the fish, which include bighead, silver, grass and black carp, are not yet in Canada.
It has been illegal since 2005 to possess live Asian carp in Ontario.
However, the carp have earned the nickname zombie fish because they are known to appear dead but revive after being out of water and on ice for a couple days.
As a result, Ontario is working to pass a law that would only allow gutted Asian carp into the province.
Shea said the federal government is working on similar regulations.
“They are in the process. They will be in place by the fall,” she said. “This will be a national regulation.”
Miller said Asian carp can devastate an entire fishery and the government is working expeditiously to keep them out of Canada.
“Asian carp, if they were ever to get into the Great Lakes, they’ll be in my part of the world quicker than almost any other MP’s. Because they’re going to come up through Lake Michigan, if they come, and as soon as they turn into Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, either go north or east. So it’s a grave concern,” he said.
Miller said about 18 to 20 people, including members of the Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association and Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association, took part in the round table discussion.
“We had a great turnout and great representation. These individuals who were here, all they want is a healthy fishery. That’s what we all want,” he said.

By Denis Langlois, Sun Times, Owen Sound
Friday, April 11, 2014 6:32:52 EDT PM


1st trip this year to Saugeen Central Elementary, Northport Elementary, ...

1st time to the Port Elgin/Southampton
School's this year, on the way up I stopped to watch the 
Crane's they were calling out but I didn't get it on Video, checked to make
sure the feeders were all working & talked to some of the staff while I was
there, nice to meet some of the Staff at our new School's. The Salmon are all looking good.

Friday, April 11, 2014

LHFC School Presentation have started again

On Sunday this week Mike Hahn & I went to the Bruce County Museum to put on a Presentation for a group of youth between 6 & 9 years old, I showed a couple Video Presentation & our Samples & Salmon mount & talked about things our Club does, from raising Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Salmon to Tree Planting, the Kids Fishing Day & answered a bunch of questions then Tuesday it was off to Hillcrest School, After showing my slide presentation it's time to show off the props, 1st were the Eyed Salmon Eggs, Milt, Alevin, Alevin Twins, Salmon Smolts, Rainbow Trout, 11 Month Old  Brown Trout, then the Invasive Species samples Spiny Fleas, Zebra Mussels, Round Gobies, Alewives & then the Sea Lamprey the students are always amazed when you start showing them the samples,  
Brown Trout
After asking them how do you think fish find food & they said Seeing, Smelling & I explained that they use their Lateral Line also showing them one of my Flipp'n Jigs & showed them the rattle  & passed around a Chigger Craw to let them smell it.
I talked about a few lure they could use at the up coming Teeswater Kids Derby & showed they my Grand Daughters fishing rod, tackle box & a few of their lures for catching Panfish & Bass, Rowan was happy I brought her Fishing Rod & Tackle Box. We talked about Colors & I showed them different shapes of baits like worms, crayfish, minnows, frogs & let them stretch a few Zero stick baits, they liked them that much I left a pack for them to play with, by the end of the day they managed to break a few by pulling them too far lol.
Then it was time to show the Class how big their Hatchery Salmon could be in 4 years when it's time for them to Spawn. 
Very easy to fill the best part of an hour.
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