This consultation was open from:
November 27, 2020
to January 11, 2021
We propose changes to the lake trout regulations in Fisheries Management Zone 6 to extend the winter angling season and remove certain exceptions in order to provide increased angling opportunities.
A fisheries management plan for Fisheries Management Zone 6 (FMZ 6) was completed in 2009 (ERO No. 010-5529). The 2009 plan recommended a change to the winter angling season for lake trout which came into effect January 01, 2010.
The current lake trout season is February 1 to March 31 and the fourth Saturday in May to September 30. From September 1 to September 30 no more than 1 fish greater than 56cm may be kept.
2009 Fisheries Management Plan
In 2019 The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and the FMZ 6 Advisory Council completed a plan examination of the 2009 Fisheries Management Plan. The issues identification phase of the plan examination included the need to re-evaluate the lake trout season in the context of monitoring results that have been completed since the 2010 regulation change.
Lake trout plan amendment
MNRF and the FMZ 6 Advisory Council have developed a draft plan amendment for lake trout. This process includes an objective to “provide increased winter lake trout angling opportunities, where these are unlikely to negatively influence the ecological status of lake trout across the zone.”
The plan amendment proposes three alternatives for the lake trout regulation:
- status quo
- adopt the same regulation as FMZ 5: January 1 to September 30; not more than 1 fish greater than 56cm from September 1 to September 30 (preferred)
- adopt the same regulation as FMZ 4: January 1 to September 30
In addition, existing regulatory exceptions for lake trout were reviewed in the context of current ecological and socio-economic objectives.
The plan amendment proposes the following changes:
- remove the seasonal exceptions on the Nipigon River, Polly Lake, Lake Helen, Grouse Lake, Watershed Lake, North Mawn Lake, Muskrat River, and Spruce River
- add Black Sturgeon Lake to the list of additional fishing opportunities for lake trout (open all year)
- administrative changes to the exceptions for the Shebandowan Lakes
Based on the results of three cycles of Broadscale Monitoring in FMZ 6, between 2008 and 2019, significant changes to the ecological status of lake trout across the zone are not expected from the proposed changes.
The plan amendment was developed with participation from the FMZ 6 Advisory Council. This group is made up of representatives of affected Indigenous communities and non-Indigenous stakeholders throughout FMZ 6. The Advisory Council met five times between June 2019 and March 2020 to develop the Plan Amendment.
Affected Indigenous communities will receive the plan amendment via direct mail, with an invitation to comment and/or further meetings on request.
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