Starting January 1 2010, Kawartha ice fishing is officially open. So this means it will be the first time in 80 years anglers are able to fish all year round on the Kawartha lakes.
The MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources) announced in November of 2009 a year-round fishing season for panfish on the Kawartha lakes as part of the new Fisheries Management Plan for Zone 17.
Fishing on the Kawartha Lakes is now officially open year round
Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources quoted
"We're working to ensure fish populations remain sustainable and continue to provide angling opportunities for years to come. I am pleased that new ice-fishing seasons and extended fall angling will offer additional year-round opportunities for anglers in the Kawartha Lakes area."
January the 1'st Chemong Lake was covered with anglers of all ages.
"There were experienced anglers and people who grabbed a rod and gave this fishing experinece a try for the first time. Everyone looked like they were having fun," says Mr. Buchholz.
Under new regulations, dozens of area lakes, including popular angler stops as Rice. Balsm, Sturgeon and Chemong lakes, winter fishing will be open for bluegill, yellow perch and black crappie. Walleye seasons remain closed during the winter in Zone 17 with the exception of Lake Scugog, Crowe Lake and the lower Trent River where Walleye winter fishing previously existed.
According to Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) executive director Mike Reader, the winter season for fishing is something the O.F.A.H. has been striving towards for years now.