FMZ 10 adjustments within the works

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FMZ 10 map

A proposal that will change fishing laws in Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) 10 is now accessible for public touch upon the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) till 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 12.

The 201-page Fisheries Management Plan posted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) outlines the standing of the zone’s fisheries, units fish inhabitants targets, and suggests regulatory choices to raised handle leisure and aquatic sources throughout the FMZ, which is situated throughout the MNRF’s Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie District with some parts falling inside Timmins, Wawa, Kirkland Land, and Chapleau Districts.

The doc, developed by the FMZ 10 Advisory Council, has enter from the First Nations’ and Metis’ communities, native anglers, enterprise representatives, cottage house owners, and most of the people.

Proposed angling regulation adjustments within the French River

Walleye

To obtain FMZ 10’s goal of accelerating mature spawning walleye equal to or larger than 350 mm and reduce mortality and biomass within the river, whereas sustaining high quality and amount of angling alternatives, the council has proposed two choices.

Option 1: Maintain establishment.

Option 2: Modify measurement limits and seasons for walleye.

  • Size limits: none between 43-60 cm, not a couple of larger than 60 cm.
  • Season: Open January 1 to the third Sunday in March, and the third Saturday in May to December 31.
  • Daily catch limits: 4 with Sport Fishing Licence and two with a Conservation Fishing Licence.

Pike

Option 1: Maintain establishment.

Option 2: Modify measurement limits and seasons. 

  • Prohibit retaining fish between 70-90 cm and permit just one fish larger than 90 cm.
  • Season: open January 1 to the third Sunday in March and the third Saturday in May to December 31.
  • Daily catch limits: 4 with a sport licence and two with a conservation licence.

Option 3: Modify measurement limits and seasons. 

  • Anglers possessing a sport licence can’t hold a couple of larger than 61 cm, and none larger than 86 cm. Anglers with a conservation licence are prohibited from retaining fish larger than 61 cm.
  • Season: open January 1 to the third Sunday in March and the third Saturday in May to December 31.
  • Daily catch limits of 4 with sport licence and two with a conservation licence.

Bass

Option 1: Maintain establishment.

Option 2: Modify measurement limits and seasons.

  • Remove slot measurement limits.
  • Open the season from January 1 to the third Sunday in March and the third Saturday in May to December 31.
  • Daily catch limits of six with sport licence and two with a conservation licence.

Proposed muskie regulation adjustments zone-wide

For 2022, exceptions to the present zone-wide laws are being proposed for the:

  • Goulais River – Upstream to the realm often known as Whitman Dam.
  • Echo River together with Echo lake – Upstream to dam at 46.574046, -83.93532
  • Thessalon River – Upstream to Rydal Dam in Plummer Township at 46.36537, – 83.74196.
  • Mississagi River –Upstream to dam at Red Rock Falls.
  • Serpent River –Upstream to Highway 17.
  • Wanapitae River – Portion upstream of confluence with French River to Sturgeon Chutes.
  • French River – All waters of FMZ 10 and FMZ 11.

The proposed laws for these waters are:

Option 1: Maintain establishment.

Option 2: Modify season and catch and possession limits.

  • Daily catch restrict of 1 larger than 137 cm with a sport licence and none with a conservation licence.
  • Open the season from the third Saturday in June to December 15.

There can also be a proposed Spanish River muskellunge exception upstream to the Hwy. 6 bridge (additionally embrace Aux Sables River from confluence with Spanish River, upstream to Hwy. 17):

Option 1: Maintain establishment (closed all 12 months).

Option 2: Modify season and catch and possession limits.

  • Daily catch restrict of 1 larger than 137 cm with a sport licence and none with a conservation licence.
  •  Open the season from the third Saturday in June to December 1.

Proposed pike laws adjustments zone-wide

Option 1: Maintain establishment.

Option 2: Modify measurement limits.

• Size restrict of none between 70-90 cm, and never a couple of larger than 90 cm.

• Season: open all 12 months.

• Daily catch restrict of six with a sport licence and two with a conservation licence.

Option 3: Modify measurement limits.

• With a sport licence not a couple of pike larger than 61 cm could also be stored with, none larger than 86 cm. None larger than 61 cm with a conservation licence.

• Season: open all 12 months.

• Daily catch restrict of six with a sport licence and two with a conservation licence.

Lake trout and different angling laws within the FMZ will stay unchanged.

To touch upon the ERO Posting or to see the complete draft of the FMZ10 Management Plan go to: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-6024

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