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  2. If you were unable to attend a Fisheries Open House meeting there is still time to provide your input online. The online survey will close on February 2, 2020. Go to https://talkaep.alberta.ca/aep-fisheries-management and click under “ Opportunities for more recreational fishing” . There is the opportunity to provide comments on issues beyond the focus of “creating angling opportunity” such as habitat, angling education, citizen science and consultation processes and opportunity to make suggestions for other consultation topics.
  3. The provincial government is putting some money into improving the fish hatcheries, esp. the Raven, and looking at raising some Arctic Grayling and Athabasca Cutthroats in them. More at https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=684911A4FB13A-0BE1-042A-9D1A23A8C1C710CB
  4. Thanks Neil, This is important information for us to understand Whirling Disease. I moved this post to Fish and Wildlife Management. Michael
  5. Yes, it was a good day. We should have another one.
  6. Last week
  7. Congratulations to our new executive:
  8. Mike87


    Hi, thanks for letting me join the group. I have recently taken up fly fishing 2 years ago and was only able to get out about a dozen times each year. I much rather prefer to fly fish now than spin cast or any other type of fishing. My goal this year is to get out a lot more and fine tune my technique. I live north of Edmonton and only about 5 minutes away from a stocked trout pond. I've taught myself to fly fish by watching videos and reading books. For the most part I feel like I can fish fairly good. But some more practice will definitely help.
  9. You may remember Kirby Coderre from Okotoks who made a presentation to us back in April 2018 on his 'Mid-life Flysis'. Came across a short video that he recently posted in which fly tyers and fishers might be interested:
  10. Please go to:- https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/56221860-1a8c-4a0a-88a6-65e5a4aac696/resource/7b4b93fc-e652-4d2b-a721-f4dec368a36c/download/aep-whirling-disease-misunderstandings-2020-01.pdf?fbclid=IwAR168yuCJsv5dYPAiUkK23QjHzFHxzrfQyJ9Y4UW3dXAoCPOMBCK3xL8uP0
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  12. Had a great day. Very well attended 19 tyers . Thanks to all that made this possible. We must do it again. Tight Lines Always Dennis S.
  13. Received today a recently published article "Threats to at-risk salmonids of the Canadian Rocky Mountain region" by R. Niloshini Sinnatamby | Ariane Cantin | John R. Post that reinforces the need for urgent action on a North Central Native Trout Recovery Plan. Believe this may be something you might want to reference if you're providing input to Fisheries Management at the open houses or online on its management plan for the future. The abstract is as follows and the full article is attached: "Trout and charr, members of the salmonid family, have high conservation value but are also susceptible to anthropogenic threats in part due to the specificity of their habitat requirements. Understanding historical and future threats facing these species is necessary to promote their recovery. Of freshwater trout and charr in thCanadian Rocky Mountain region, westslope cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkiilewisi), bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus; a charr species) and Athabasca rainbow trout(Oncorhynchus mykiss) are of conservation concern. And indeed, range contractionsand declining populations are evident throughout much of their ranges. Range contraction was most evident in the southern Alberta designatable unit (DU) of west-slope cutthroat trout. Diminished populations were also evident in the downstream watersheds of the Alberta bull trout range, and throughout the Athabasca rainbow trout range. We assessed historical and future threats to evaluate the relative importance of individual threats to each DU and compare their impact among species. Individual threats fall into the broad categories of angling, non-native species and genes, habitat loss and alteration, and climate change. Severity of each threat varied by DU and reflects the interaction between species’ biology and the location of the DU. Severity of threats facing each DU has changed over time, reflecting extirpation of native populations, changes in management and industry best practices, expansion of non-native species and progressing climate change. The overall threat impact for each DU indicates a high probability of substantial and continuing declines and calls for immediate action." (bolding mine) Sinnatamby et al 2019 EFF.pdf
  14. Fish Recipes Walleye - https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/223227/best-fried-walleye/print/?recipeType=Recipe&servings=4&isMetric=false Trout - https://www.primaverakitchen.com/garlic-butter-rainbow-trout-in-foil/ Pike (Fish cakes) - https://honest-food.net/fish-cakes-recipe-wild-rice/ Perch - https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/222336/brown-butter-perch/ The above are my (or more correctly, my wife’s) favourite recipes for cooking our most common fish. I believe she subs olive oil for vegetable oil in most cases. Please chime in with your favourites. Cheers, Neil
  15. Feb 26 - Brian Wiebe, Manager of Fishin' Hole West, "What's the latest in Fishing accessories" and there's still no 'g' in the Fishin' Hole! Quote Edit
  16. Feb 19 - Whirling Disease . Clayton James Senior Fisheries Biologist and researcher with AEP will be along with an update and the answer to all your questions
  17. Kayak fishing with Andy Watt from Jackson Adventures. Andy fishes feshwater lakes and rivers anywhere his kayak fits with a preference for walleye, pike and rainbows....especially walleye!
  18. Short Business Meeting and fly tying. Equipment and materials available for anyone without.
  19. All meetings start at 7:00pm at Queen Mary Park Community Hall on 117St and 108 Ave. Everyone welcome. No charge and no membership required to attend meetings. Coffee and timbits provided. Feb 5 - Short Business Meeting and fly tying. Equipment and materials available for anyone without.Feb 12 - Kayak fishing with Andy Watt from Jackson Adventures. Andy fishes feshwater lakes and rivers anywhere his kayak fits with a preference for walleye, pike and rainbows....especially walleye! Feb 19 - Whirling Disease . Clayton James Senior Fisheries Biologist and researcher with AEP will be along with an update and the answer to all your questionsFeb 26 - Brian Wiebe, Manager of Fishin' Hole West, "What's the latest in Fishing accessories" and there's still no 'g' in the Fishin' Hole!
  20. MID-WINTER FLY TYING DAY rescheduled from Jan 25th Saturday, Jan 18th at Queen Mary Park Community Hall from 10:00am to 4:00 pm. Open to all. Come for the day or drop in at any time to join others in tying some flies, chewing the fat, and easing the pain of cabin fever. Nothing formal, no requirements and no charge! We'll be ordering in pizza around about 12:30 and paying for it with whatever donation you'd like to make, or bring your own lunch. Complimentary pop and coffee. Tools and materials for those without their own will be available and some members have offered to be available to help new tyers. If you'd like to be a volunteer instructor for an hour or two please let us know what time(s) would suit you. Otherwise just come and restock your fly box in the company of other tyers.
  21. DATE CHANGE UNFORTUNATELY Just heard from QMP that there was a mix up in their booking system and we've agreed to change our Mid-Winter Fly Tying Day to Saturday January 18th. Consolation is that we get the hall for free because of their error so will be able to afford an extra slice of pizza for everyone! Hope you can be there. We'll turn the heat up in the hall as an extra bonus!
  22. Link to information on trout fishing in Alberta The single link below gets you access to an internet index to Alberta trout fishing information. Please save this link if you wish to return to the complete index in the future. Please see instructions on how to print or transfer excerpts. Please feel free to comment (good or bad) to neilstuartsutherland@gmail.com https://www.dropbox.com/s/8fi3f0fndyd5me4/An Internet Index of links to trout fishing information.docx?dl=0
  23. Dave Mayhood, president of FWR Freshwater Research, has some comments on that in his email today in support of Carl Hunt's beliefs about the necessary critical actions: "Thanks for this Peter. Carl is right. Most of our streams are effectively catch and release already, with low angling mortality likely. While some of them still may have sufficient pressure that accidental and poaching mortality is still too high (as Mike Sullivan might insist), I’m satisfied that our coldwater fish populations would continue to decline even if there was zero fishing. Here’s why. Fish must have places to live. The better quality that habitat is, the greater the carrying capacity and the more fish and/or the larger the fish will be. Our eastern slope streams have been, and are still being, hammered by industrial development and recreational OHV use. Their watersheds have some of the highest road & OHV trail densities in western North America. That’s a measure of development, because every development requires roads. It’s also a measure of angling pressure potential, and of habitat damage to streams. In one of my study streams (Silvester Creek) there is zero angling, but heavy industrial (logging, gasfield production and maintenance) and OHV recreational use of the watershed. There’s also grazing. Adult cutthroat numbers have declined 74% between 2006 and 2016. Numbers are now so low that this population has an 84% chance of going extinct. It was once the strongest in the region. Work I and my colleagues have done on suspended sediment loading alone suggests that 40-60% mortality of eggs and larvae was caused by suspended sediment loaded into the creek from road and trail runoff and OHV fording. Effects on juveniles and adults were lower, but were not negligible, and include likely lower condition of juvenile trout. Not surprisingly, juvenile condition in this creek is (2005) measurably lower than it was under baseline (1978) conditions. High silt loads aren’t the only problem; there are many others. Huge drifts of road-derived silt clog this stream in places. A known key overwintering site (~20% of the population) was filled in with small gravel and silt from a well access road and pipeline route kept disturbed by heavy illegal OHV use when I examined it in September. This is a cutthroat population and a stream that are supposedly protected by severe sanctions (including jail time) for this kind of behaviour under the Species At Risk Act. I’ve reported several problems to DFO Fisheries Protection (enforcement) people. No fixes yet, and minimal improvement. These fish and the places they live aren’t protected because neither DFO nor AEP as institutions give a flying duck about the fish they’re supposed to be protecting. Among other problems, they don’t fund their operations adequately, and don’t back up their field people when they need it. Their managements are official bum-kissers to the logging and petroleum industries. Those agencies exist only to give the illusion that the federal and provincial governments have, to quote our corrupt premier as accurately as I can recall off the top of my head, “the highest environmental standards in the world.” Bullshit. Unless this colossal habitat problem can be solved, no amount of restraint by anglers, and no amount of ridiculous bully-boy demands by Jason Nixon, can provide anglers with more fish and better fishing. He could make a decent start at improvement by re-establishing the Bighorn Park, eliminating recreational OHV use in the parks, including the 2 Castle parks where he’s determined to again give them access, and dramatically reducing OHV use and linear disturbances throughout the eastern slopes. Or he could just give everybody 20 bucks and tell them to go buy an Alaskan Bristol Bay sockeye at Safeway. That’s just about the only remaining sustainably managed salmonid fishery left in North America. Of course, the US government has just allowed a major stripmine to go ahead and destroy it, so he better hurry. Good luck with your discussions with the government. You can check our website for the reports and publications to support most of what I’ve written above. We have more in the mill. Also feel free to ask me any questions you might have, and to circulate this email if you feel it might do some good." Dave ___________________________ David Mayhood MSc, President FWR Freshwater Research Limited 1213 - 20 Street NW Calgary, Alberta T2N 2K5 Canada 403 283 8865 dmayhood@fwresearch.ca https://www.fwresearch.ca Twitter: @dmayhood Public key at: http://http-keys.gnupg.net/ ___________________________ "
  24. Regarding the MacKenzie creek video....Why are we still allowing OHV crossing of streams???? I thought that was illegal....
  25. Received the following email from Carl Hunt, fisheries biologist, now retired, based in the Edson region. Dear Anglers (and anyone concerned about watershed protection), The Public information sessions about fisheries management are most welcome and long overdue. https://talkaep.alberta.ca/aep-fisheries-management The government invitation states; "The Alberta government would like your perspectives about fisheries and their management, with a particular focus on increasing recreational fishing opportunities across the province." "Increasing recreational fishing" starts with 'HABITAT PROTECTION' so I encourage anglers to avoid distractions about minor issues like stocked ponds and angling regulations. Most of the East Slopes angling regulations could be summarized as catch & release - no bait, with a few open seasons. Management of local ponds should be discussed with regional managers. The public information sessions are an opportunity to send a strong message to government about the importance of protecting and repairing fish habitat. I haven't seen much discussion from the organizations that represent anglers, so offer a few suggestions about what they might encourage their membership to request from fish managers as priorities for the future. Carl Hunt Edson AB WHAT MUST BE DONE TO RECOVER TROUT POPULATIONS IN THE EAST SLOPES Prevent- Fragmentation. Roads with hanging culverts block spawning migration and fish access to critical winter habitat. Prevent - Sediment, (from all stream crossings) destroys spawning areas, smothers trout eggs and kills the food supply (aquatic insects). Must include ephemerals (temporary, non-fish bearing) to stop human caused sediment, including OHVs, grazing & cultivation near stream banks. Protect - Riparian areas and floodplain, with trees & shrubs with deep roots to stabilize natural flood channel. No mining or gravel pits. Provide - Trout cover, undercut bank, overhead woody material in log jams (replaced by old growth trees that fall into stream), forest canopy for shade, Stop - Floodplain herbicide spraying (by forestry). Aerial spraying of herbicides is legal within 5 meters of fish bearing water. Start - Compulsory angler education, including reasons for regulations, importance of habitat and sources of destruction and fish identification. A fisheries recovery plan depends on educated anglers, responsible (regulated) industries, open dialogue with biologists and informed general public. Government has the mandate to implement compulsory education for anglers so this would be a good place to start (30 years behind Hunter Training). Interesting that hunting popularity has taken an upsurge (despite compulsory education) and angler numbers have been reduced by a third. (1985 to 2015). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Is Mackenzie Creek the "Model for Conservation" we want for fish management in our E/S? Out trout populations are already suffering tremendous loss with Athabasca rainbow trout "Endangered", Westslope cutthroat & bull trout "Threatened" and Arctic grayling a species of 'special concern' but extirpated from many tributaries? https://www.letsgooutdoors.ca/blogs/item/279-mackenzie-creek-a-model-in-conservation-cooperation?fbclid=IwAR2WReb56pegxJlc6kIHILX3OpnYPBNbRsiLLMBofEtAaoSwUqQWUBN0oGk
  26. Thanks to Peter for writing up a summary (click here) of the Northern Lights Fly Fishers club activities for 2019. It sure was a busy year!
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