Fishing for herring on Lake Simcoe

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Thursday, 19 August 2010
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Tuesday, 31 August 2010
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Hi Wil,

Any idea if they are going to open the herring for 2011 ice fishing. Caught a lot last year they are awesome to watch on the x67. In case you forgot who I was I met you way back on the 4th line last year. You were debating on going out.



Hi John,

Lots of interest in cisco (lake herring ) over the last couple of years as more and more anglers are catching them out on Lake Simcoe. There’s no question as well that many of us also ‘see’ huge schools of them on great Sonar Units like your Lowrance X 67.   However ... my feeling is that the season will not open up for 2011 ice fishing because there is still not enough evidence that multiple year classes of cisco are out there to sustain the population long term.   Right now evidence suggests that one and possibly two year classes are out there.  The dilemma is that if MNR opened the season now and those fish did not continue to reproduce in vast numbers – then once those fish die off- there would be nothing behind them to fill the void. So ... as far as I can gather MNR is open to ‘opening’ the season for cisco once they can determine that enough year classes are present.

Having said all that ... MNR does know that anglers are catching incidental cisco and that there are many anglers who want the season opened ... so this is definitely on their radar.

Hope this helps John ... and yes I do recall seeing you at the end of the 4th Line ... I did go out that day- got some perch and had a great time walking on the hard water.



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