Angling participation has been declining in Ontario (and across North America), particularly in urban areas where opportunities to enjoy the natural environment can be limited. The Lake Ontario waterfront has the potential to provide convenient local (shoreline and nearshore) angling opportunities that are easily accessible through public transportation. The nearshore habitat and the fish community along the waterfront are improving. These improvements include better water quality, better overall lake health, and fish that are much safer to eat than decades ago. In order to highlight fishing opportunities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), along with five Conservation Authorities (Toronto and Region, Credit Valley, Central Lake Ontario, Halton Region and Ganaraska Region) and other government agencies and partners, have initiated the development of an Urban Recreational Fisheries Strategy for the northwest shore of Lake Ontario.
A healthy Lake Ontario waterfront provides excellent recreational fishing opportunities for residents and visitors alike. The Strategy’s vision is to create a strategic framework to enhance those fishing opportunities, protect and restore fish habitat where needed, encourage people to fish the Lake Ontario nearshore waters, and support the creation of quality public access sites for recreational anglers to enjoy.
Build upon existing fisheries knowledge of the Strategy area.
Integrate complementary information from adjacent regions.
Identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities associated with current recreational fisheries.
Recommend strategies for improving public access and establishing clear direction among municipalities to enhance and maintain that public access.
Recommend strategies to promote the recreational fishery by means of social marketing, signage, family fishing events, programming and building synergies between key stakeholders.
Guide local, regional and provincial stakeholders that have local fishing interests.
Identify the state and health of the fish communities and provide guidance for managing recreational fishing.
Identify waterfront areas where recreational fisheries can be promoted.
Identify areas where recreational fisheries can be improved through opening access and/or aquatic habitat rehabilitation.
Work with local tourism and recreation stakeholders to promote public fishing opportunities.
Identify and use a variety of media channels to promote urban fishing and awareness of the fisheries resource to the public, including diverse ethnic communities.
Increase the number of licenced anglers within the GTA.
Identify and recommend methods to promote the message about Lake Ontario, fishing and the benefits of restoring and protecting habitat. Methods should focus on engaging children and youth.
This Urban Recreational Fisheries Strategy makes the following recommendations for municipal and provincial officials, stakeholders and others tasked with managing this recreational activity.
Maintain public access with no net loss of existing public fishing areas.
Expand fishing opportunities with improved access.
Improve the quality of the fishery.
Promote angling in the Strategy area.
At a special Earth Day event, Waterfront Toronto, the City of Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will cast their fishing lines into the water to mark the official opening of the Outer Harbour Recreational Node. The Outer Harbour Recreational Node is one of thirteen “Quick Start” projects that build on recent investments in Lake Ontario Park and Tommy Thompson Park.
Waterfront Toronto, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Forests Ontario and the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation will also participate in a ceremonial tree planting. This planting will recognize support for enhancing the natural habitat of the Baselands area through the Government of Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program, made possible through a new partnership between Waterfront Toronto and the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation.
We hope that you or a representative will be able to join us for this event. And, now that the node is open to the public please share the news with your membership and encourage them to visit the site.
Date: Wednesday April 22, 2015
Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Speakers: Rob Keen, CEO, Forests Ontario
Paula Fletcher, City Councillor, Ward 30 (Toronto-Danforth)
John Campbell, President and CEO, Waterfront Toronto
Nick Saccone, Senior Director, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Location: Outer Harbour Recreational Node
Located on Outer Harbour Marina Road, south of Unwin Avenue
Driving: From Lakeshore Boulevard, please take either Cherry Street, Don Roadway or Carlaw Avenue south, turn east on Commissioners Street, turn south on Leslie Street, turn west at Unwin Avenue (before entering Tommy Thompson Park) and south on Outer Harbour Marina Road.
Please note: southbound Leslie Street is closed south of Lakeshore.
Transit: This site is not directly serviced by public transit. The nearest stop is located within walking distance at Commissioners Road and Leslie Street.
From Bloor/Danforth Subway, take the 83 Jones bus from Donlands Station to Commissioners Street, and walk east to Leslie Street. Then walk south on Leslie Street to Unwin Avenue and walk west on Unwin Avenue to the event location. Accessible service is provided on the route.
From King Station, take the 172 Cherry Street bus to Commissioners Street. The 172 Cherry Street bus operates between St. Andrew Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway and Commissioners Street. St. Andrew Station is an accessible subway station.
The Future of Fishing Is In Your Hands!
Safety – Fish Safely – Practice Common Sense.
Responsibility – Understand and Respect MNR Fishing Regulations.
Respect Other People – Other Anglers and Non-Anglers.
Respect and Protect Fish, Birds and Wildlife.
Respect and Protect Aquatic and Shoreline Habitats.
Do Not Litter – Keep Our Waters and Shorelines Clean.
Use Care and Responsibility When Disposing of Fishing Line.
(Discarded Fishing line Can Kill Birds, Reptiles and Wildlife)
Practice Catch and Release.
Promote Recreational Fishing by Sharing Knowledge, Skills and Ethics.
Through OFAH/OPG Tackleshare loaner sites, youth and new anglers can sign out a rod and reel, as well as an assortment of tackle the same way they would sign out library materials. These locations facilitate the lending program by maintaining fishing equipment and other educational materials and providing them to youOFAH/OPG TackleShare
Are you eager to experience the excitement of fishing but don’t have your own equipment? Are you anxious to share your fishing experiences with a beginner? If so, OFAH/OPG TackleShare is your answer!
This program is designed to lend fishing rods, reels and basic tackle to children and novice anglers who do not have their own fishing equipment and are eager to experience the excitement of fishing. Just one fishing trip can inspire a first-hand understanding of environmental protection and can instill a lifelong dedication to conservation.
The OFAH/OPG TackleShare program has more than 140 loaner sites in communities across Ontario, which can be found at participating Ontario Parks, public libraries, conservation authorities, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and other community organizations. Children and new anglers can sign out a rod and reel and an assortment of tackle the same way they would borrow library materials. Find out more at www.tackleshare.com.
OFAH / OPG TackleShare Loaner Sites across GTA 2015
Albion Hills Conservation Area Note:Approved Site Awaiting Tackle
Toronto Region Conservation
16500 Hwy 50…
Tommy Thompson Park
Toronto Region Conservation
5 Shoreham Drive
Indian Line Campground
Toronto Region Conservation
7625 Finch Ave West
Glen Haffy Conservation Area
Toronto Region Conservation
19245 Airport Road
Heart Lake Conservation Area
Toronto Region Conservation
10818 Heart Lake Road
Ralph Thornton Centre
765 Queen Street East
Ralph Thornton Centre
Lake Ontario Waterkeepeer
231 Wallace Ave
Toronto Island Boathouse
Toronto Island Recreation
c/o 9 Queen’s Quay West, Ferry Docks
Eastview Community Centre
86 Blake St
Urban Fishing in Toronto
A practical guide to fishing the Toronto shoreline
From Ashbridges Bay Park in the east, across to the mouth of the Humber River in the west. Urban Fishing in Toronto offers practical insights and detailed pointers on where to get started with some of the best urban fishing opportunities available. Detailed attention is given in particular to the Toronto Island and Tommy Thompson Parks, as both are large venues in their own right, holding significant variations in fish habitat, and generating by far the most questions on where to start.
Where To Fish Ontario Shore Fishing Opportunities. By Ratnak Vann Where To Fish is a youtube collection of videos that TUFA member Ratnak Vann has professional filmed and assembled. These videos document many of the wonderful shoreline fishing opportunities available around the GTA. Please enjoy exploring these opportunities. Where To Fish – click here for link.
Fishing Line Recycling Receptacles
Spring 2015 Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassador is pleased to announce that a total of 50 “Fishing Line Recycling Receptacles” have or are in the process of being installed across the Toronto Waterfront Parks and a few selected inland parks with fishing ponds. These receptacles have been strategically placed at popular shore fishing areas for anglers to deposit used fishing line. Throughout the season, volunteers with TUFA will monitor these receptacles, empty and collect used line as required, then once each year we will send the used line to Berkley-Pure Fishing. From there, the line will be recycled and made into Berkley Fish-Habs… habitat structures that enhance our public fisheries. Why install these receptacles?
“We recognized that improperly discarded fishing line is not only unsightly garbage, but that it can be hazardous (risk of entanglement) to wildlife such as birds, waterfowl and turtles. We wanted to highlight the need for anglers to properly dispose of their used line, at the source while they were fishing.”
TUFA would like to thank all the Toronto Park’s Managers for permission to install these receptacles in the parks. Thanks for supporting this endeavor to maintain clean and safe shorelines for all to enjoy.
The Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors support causes that promote fishing to children. When we heard that 12 year old David Hascal, a childhood leukemia survivor, took the initiative to raise money for Camp Trillium for their fishing and archery program, TUFA lend a hand to help. Please follow the link below to read David’s story and his cause. Most importantly, donate what you can to give sick and recovering children a chance to enjoy the great outdoors with their family, and perhaps learn fishing during their stay at Camp Trillium. All proceeds goes directly to Camp Trillium.
Link to David Hascal’s Fishing Fundraiser and Camp Trillium
Ken Kansas a Manitoba Biologist outlines Catch and Release tips on Uncut Angling.
Uncut Angling is an all Canadian content fishing show with edge and passion.
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, have undertaken the task of developing a Recreational Fisheries Plan.
Urban Fishing Festivals 30th Anniversary Locations:
Toronto Islands Centre Island
Sunday July 05, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Directions: Take the ferry to Centre Island and then walk to the Big White Bridge before the fountain.
Partners: City of Toronto, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Ontario Chinese Anglers Association, Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors Canadian National Sportsman Shows, Ontario Power Generation, OFAH Tackle Share, Kids and Cops & Canadian Tire, MNR Aurora District
A limited number of rods and reels can be borrowed on a first come first serve basis. Bait is supplied at no cost.
2015 Urban Fishing Festival
Humber Bay Park East
Sunday July 12, 2015 10am-2pm
Car Directions: Park Lawn Rd. south of Lake Shore Blvd. West where Park Lawn Rd. turns into Humber Bay Park Road and then into Humber Bay Park East Parking Lot.
Hike or Bike the Martin Goodman Trail along the Waterfront
TTC: North/South Bus 66 south from Old Mill Station to stop Park Lawn Rd. at Lake Shore Blvd West.
TTC: East/West 501 Streetcar to Lake Shore Blvd. West at Park Lawn Rd
Photos from the Family Fishing Day may be viewed at this site http://www.flickr.com/photos/ratnak/9229009279/in/pool-2258526@N21/
Oct 24 Outdoor Classroom
Content from NationalProStaff.com website Oct 25,2012
Pro Angler David Chong wrote the following article:
National Prostaff Report
Fall Target Don River Pottery Road to Beechwood Drive.
1. Micro plastics, with over 2029 counted, and i am sure this number is 5 folds, they were raking micro plastics from the beach in bag fulls.
2. Plastic bottle caps 1375 counted, again there was more collected.
3. Plastic beverage bottles, 1110 ++ it is staggering the amount of water bottles out there.
We also had collected a whole wack of other objects both big and small, from tires(3) to toys(19) tampons(150 ansd straws came in at 802, plastic bags 348 strappping for packaging 112. The list goes on.
A big thank you to everyone who participated, thanks once again. Stay tuned for some more shoreline cleanup action in September 2014, we will be cleaning up a stretch of the Don River.
Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassador
TUFA is at it again, in conjunction with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Please join us for our annual spring time shoreline clean up, we will be at the Humber Bay Park, east side, Cleaning along the shoreline of Mimico creek. It’s going to be a great day of good friends, new friends and fishing afterwards…you cant beat that. Everything will be provided, all you have to do is show up with your friends and family. All the information can be found in the link below, don’t forget to officially register with the GCSC website.
Thanks everyone for supporting the Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors.
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Humber Bay Park April 26, 2015 info / register
Canadian Rivers Day is celebrated on June 08, 2014. Canadian Rivers Day is held annually on the second Sunday in June to promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the heritage and health of Canada’s rivers. It is an opportunity for all Canadians to honour and commemorate the important sustaining role of rivers in Canada and globally. Participating in rivers day helps to spread the message that rivers are vital to maintain a healthy ocean and a healthy earth. Canadian Rivers day helps raise awareness of the splendor of rivers and their value to our land.