I have lived on Lake Scugog for past nine years and have been fishing it for much longer. Living on the lake has made me have a vested interest in protecting the lake, and was the main reason why I got involved with the Scugog Lake Stewards about three years ago. At this time, I noticed a drastic decline in the number of walleye I was catching and was invited to attend a presentation by Mike Rawson, who is with the MNRF and is in charge of the Kawartha Lakes Fisheries Assessment Unit. It was not a surprise to find that his data indicated what I had already expected, that there had been a drastic decline of walleye over the past decade.
I wrote a letter to the Fisheries Management Zone 17 in September, 2012, asking for the winter fishing for walleye to be closed so the population would have a chance to recover. It is the only lake in the Kawarthas that allows ice fishing for walleye and one of only three places in the entire Zone, (one section of the Trent and Crowe Lake are the others). I was invited to attend a few FMZ17 meetings and it was agreed that something needed to be done in order to help the Lake Scugog walleye population recover.
After a lengthy process I was happy to receive an email indicating that a posting was added to the Environmental Registry regarding proposed changes for Lake Scugog. I invite anyone interested in protecting the walleye population on Lake Scugog to view the posting, by visiting www.ontario.ca/environmentalregistry and search for 012-3903. The posting outlines some background information, the proposed options and as well provides information on how to comment on the proposed options. The fact sheet provides more background information on the walleye population in Lake Scugog as well as outlines the proposed options and how to comment.
As well, to provide anglers and other interested individuals with an opportunity to review information for walleye in Lake Scugog, a public meeting has been scheduled for: Tuesday, April 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for an Open House, with a short presentation at 7 p.m. in the Rotary Room at the Scugog Memorial Public Library, 231 Water St., in Port Perry.
If anyone is looking for further information, please contact by e-mail: FishPTBO@ontario.ca or by phone: 705-755-2001.