Lake Ontario Evenings – Micro Plastics

Save the date! Lake Ontario Evenings Microplastics edition November 4!

Save the date for our next Lake Ontario Evening. On November 4th, 2014 the emerging issue of microplastics will be presented by leading Canadian researchers. This event will be held at the Gladstone hotel. Doors open at 6, presentations begin at 630. Hope to see you there!

Fall 2014 Shoreline Clean Up


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Fall Target Don River Pottery Road to Beechwood Drive.

Don River Watershed TRCA Study



Topham Pond Family Fishing Day

Topham Pond Video

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CUPE Local 79 Family Picnic

Local 79 Family Picnic Video






Family Fishing Week July 05 – July 13, 2014

Family Fishing Week TUFA Events:

Saturday July 05 Grenadier Pond, High Park 10am – 1pm

Sunday July 06 Boat House, Toronto islands 10am – 1pm

Saturday July 12 Topham Pond, Eglington Flats 10am – 1pm



High Park, Grenadier Pond Saturday, July 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Directions: Located at 1873 Bloor Street West. Take the TTC to High Park Station and walk south from the station to enter park. Take West Road or Colborne Lodge Drive to Grenadier Restaurant and walk down hill to pond.

Partners: City of Toronto, Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors, Evergreen Foundation, Canadian National Sportsman Shows, LEF Bike Program, MNR Aurora District.

A limited number of rods and reels will be supplied for kids under 16 to take home on first come first serve basis. Bait is supplied at no cost.

Toronto Islands Sunday July 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Directions: Take the ferry to Centre Island and then proceed to the Boathouse.

Partners: City of Toronto, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Ontario Chinese Anglers Association, 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 will be supplied for kids under 16 to take home on first come first serve basis. Bait is supplied at no cost.

Saturday July 12 Topham Pond, Eglington Flats 10am – 1pm

Topham Pond Event



Urban Fishing in Toronto – The Book

Urban Fishing in Toronto
A practical guide to fishing the Toronto shoreline


Click the image to access the bookstore page



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.

Ontario Out Of Doors Magazine Review

Pagonis Live Bait Ltd. Where TUFA gets North America’s Finest Worms

Where TUFA gets its worms that get the fish at Toronto’s Family Fishing Events.

Toronto Outdoor Store

Pagonis Live Bait

Check out the worm business video on the site….its insightful and there are an insane amount of worms pictured.


Fishing Line Recycling Receptacles

Fishing Line Recycling Receptacles

Summer 2014 Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassador is pleased to announce that a total of 40 “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.

Location of Fishing Line Receptacles Across Toronto’s Waterfront


Berkley-Pure Fishing Line Recycling Program



Where To Fish

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.

A. Aikman Rod and Reel Repair


Canada’s Rivers Day Sunday June 08, 2014


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.


Ron Tugnol’s Video of Canada’s Rivers Day 2014 and TUFA.

Urban Fisheries Management Plan – Toronto Recreational Fishing

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources,  have undertaken the task of developing a Recreational Fisheries Plan.



Public Meeting and Official Presentation:

Tuesday October 29, 2013
Metro Hall, Room 308 and 309
55 John Street, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3C6
Doors open at 6:30 PM, presentation starts at 7:00 PM meeting to conclude at 9:00 PM.

We encourage everyone to attend the meeting to learn more about the plan and provide input

Final Project Charter June 2013

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Overview Presentation June12, 2013

Improving Urban Angling Opportunities Presentation

Fishing Facts, Festivals and Oppportunities


Fishes of Toronto Book

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Urban Fisheries Map

Tororoto Urban Fishing Opportunities

Toronto Urban Fishing Opportunities

GTA Fishing Opportunities


 GTA Fishing Opportunities PDF

Fishing The Toronto Islands


Fish Consumption Guide Toronto Waterfront Area

Fish Consumption Guide Toronto Waterfront

Ontario Guide To Eating Sports Fish 2013 – 2014

Ontario Guide To Eating Sports Fish 2013 – 2014

Catch Fishing Booklet



Take a Kid Fishing Book

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Take a Kid Fishing Book

Catch and Release Fish Handling and Care


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Spring Shoreline Cleanup 2014

Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassador’s would like to thank the Toronto East Rotary Club for their generous donation of bottled water and apples for our volunteers at the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 2014 spring edition at Tommy Thompson Park. We would also like to thank “square Snack” for their generous donation of healthy ‘3pm Snacks’ in a variety of flavors, the volunteers raved over them. Our volunteers really appreciated the refreshments on their long day of cleaning up Toronto’s shorelines. It is through sponsors like The Rotary Club and Square Snacks that the Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors are able to do the work they do. Please visit our sponsors!

Thanks again


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Good morning everyone, here are some of the numbers from this springs shoreline cleanup, Our top three are…

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.

David Kearney

Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassador

Lake Ontario Evenings “Alien Invaders of the Great Lakes” Edition

Lake Ontario Evenings “Alien Invaders of the Great Lakes” Edition

When: Monday June 02, 2014 6pm

Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

Cost: Free

The alien invaders are here and taking over! Do you know what this means to the health and economy of Lake Ontario?  Please join us for the third edition of Lake Ontario Evenings 2014 “Alien Invaders of the Great Lakes” to find out!

The “Alien Invaders of the Great Lakes” edition will focus on the changes to the Lakes’ ecosystem due to aquatic invasive species and future invasive threats to our Great Lakes. Presentations will also touch on the impacts that these species have on local economies, fisheries & habitats, as well as what you can do to help prevent their further spread through the Great Lakes and other watersheds.

The evening will feature presentations from the following experts:

  • Dr. Nicholas Mandrak, University of Toronto
  • Matt Smith, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • Becky Cudmore, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

Vintage Taro Murata Fish City, Toronto’s Waterfront

Taro Fishing the Harbourfront

Toronto Pike – Real Fishing Show 2013

Toronto Fishing Charter with Les Stroud of Survivor Man

Cupe Local 79 Picnic @ High Park

Family Fishing Day At Grenadier Pond July 7, 2012


High Park – Grenadier Pond Fishing Event – October 24, 2012

Oct 24 Outdoor Classroom
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Pro Angler David Chong wrote the following article:
National Prostaff Report

Lake Ontario Evenings – Hidden Secrets of the Lake


Lake Ontario Evenings – Hidden Secrets of the Lake

What historic treasures lie below the waves and along the shores of Lake Ontario? Want to find out? Come on out to the second edition of Lake Ontario Evenings 2014!

Join us for the “Hidden Secrets of the Lake” Lake Ontario Evening which will focus on the underwater and shoreline heritage of the Lake. Listen to presentations about the raising of War of 1812 shipwrecks, efforts to preserve our underwater heritage and hidden shoreline historic sites.

The evening will feature the following presentations:
•From Queenston to Kingston, the Hidden Heritage of the Lake Ontario Shore – Ron Brown, Canadian Author & Geographer
•Ghost Ships: Museum Under the Waves – Michael McAllister, Hamilton & Scourge National Historic Site of Canada
•Deep and Shallow Lake Ontario Archaeology – Scarlett Janusas, Scarlett Janusas Archaeology Inc.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday March 25, 2014

Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm, presentations start at 6:30 pm

Location: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

Cost: FREE

Please RSVP via Eventbrite

Lake Ontario Evenings are presented by the Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan team. Toronto and Region is one of 40 locations around the Great Lakes where local environmental degradation may be causing harm to the wider Great Lakes system. A Remedial Action Plan (RAP) is a mandated process with the goal of cleaning-up, or remediating areas identified as having negative impacts on the Great Lakes. Lake Ontario Evenings are a speaker series and public forum that bring together individuals and organizations that work at the forefront of environmental challenges in Toronto and Region, Lake Ontario and the Great Lakes with the purpose of sharing ideas, learning from each other and raising awareness. For more information about the RAP please visit