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Where Is This? » Where in Algonquin? No.154 » 6/13/2017 12:35 pm

RobW
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Kind of looks like the bottom of Rollway on the Pet but I'm pretty sure the river was wider than that, even allowing for a much lower water level than when I was there. 
 

Equipment » Camera Equipment » 6/08/2017 4:09 pm

RobW
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Combination of Canon T5i, Canon Powershot SX30, Canon Powershot D30 (waterproof) and a non-GoPro action cam. One of the limitations I started running into was sound quality so I have looked at adding an external mike like a Rode Video Mic (there are a few models) and possibly clip on mics. That research was a couple of years ago but I haven't gotten around to buying anything in large part because of the costs. The T5i would let me use an external mic, which was a first step. The mic would be another step. 

Fishing » What's Your Personal Best? » 6/06/2017 12:02 pm

RobW
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Antman wrote:

Jdbonney,
​You're right my comments on keeping large fish are meant to scold. These fishermen are behind the times and deserve a rap on the knuckles. I am more concerned with protecting a fragile fishery than worrying about a few thin skinned meat fishermen. They know what they are doing and don't deserve your softy defence. Time for some tough criticism where its warranted, and applause for those practising catch and release.

I disagree. You need to respect individual's rights to legally fish within the regulations. Your comment that a a particular brook trout was too big to keep was contrary to the regulations and demonstrated a distinct lack of knowledge of brook trout biology. 

I understand that fisheries management generates a lot of passion. As someone with Honours B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology I also understand that effective natural resource management needs to be data driven and supported by a solid scientific knowledge of the species life cycle, habitat and reproductive capacity. 

As an individual you can constructively contribute to fisheries management in many ways, including participating in the Algonquin Trout Survey. On the other hand, trying to intimidate someone who is legally and ethically fishing within the regulations is not constructive. I would encourage you to focus your passion on contributing to the fishing community in a positive, constructive manner. 

Trip Planning » Bugs » 6/05/2017 4:02 pm

RobW
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We were into Pen  on Saturday, out on Sunday. Short trip but we were overdue. The worst of the bugs was no worse than I expected. The best was no better than I had hoped. As it was just an overnight trip we just took the tent, no bug tent. We basically skipped lunch both days - although we also carry enough gorp to keep us going. Breakfast was fine as it was still nice and chilly. Dinner wasn't bad but did keep us moving around as we ate. 

Given the short trip the fishing was OK but contrary to commonly heard folklore and given the density of black flies in certain spots it should have been amazing. ;-)

 

Fishing » What's Your Personal Best? » 6/05/2017 2:01 pm

RobW
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First off, if it is a legal fish within the regulations then it is legal and ethical to keep the fish for human consumption. The baseline regulation for Zone 15 which includes Algonquin does not impose a size limit on Brook Trout. There are some lake specific exceptions in Algonquin such as the Harry-Rence-Weclome series of lakes where the lake specific regulation is "Brook Trout S - 2 and C - 2, must be greater than 36 cm (14 in.)."  

https://files.ontario.ca/2017_fmz_15_english_0.pdf

Note that in this case the regulation only allows you to keep larger fish. This is consistent with the fact that Brook Trout are a relatively short lived fish with a typical life span of only 5-6 years. In sharp contrast to Lake Trout which are a slow growing, long lived trout, Brook Trout are a relatively fast growing and very short lived trout. 

When given the choice between keeping a large Brook Trout or a smaller Brook Trout, then a good understanding of the Brook Trout life cycle should lead you to keep the large fish as it is likely near the end of it's natural life span. Based on this Ontario info page ( https://www.ontario.ca/page/brook-trout ) a Brook Trout in the 16" range or larger would be a good keeper. 

Of course there may be other areas where different size regulations are appropriate. 

Catch and release can be part of responsible fishing practices but is certainly not mandatory unless regulated. I think most of us here practice catch and release to some degree. Heck, I'll even do catch and release with the stocked Splake down at the cottage so they can come back bigger a year later. 

At the same time, no one should be made to feel bad about keeping a legally caught, legal sized fish.

 

Where Is This? » Where is This? (#149) » 5/31/2017 8:03 am

RobW
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Joe Creek coming up from Little Joe Lake and at the start of the portage to Baby Joe Lake

Where Is This? » Where is this #147 » 5/25/2017 2:38 pm

RobW
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That clue sounds like it is Dickson Lake from the end of the portage from Bonfield. 

Where Is This? » Where is this #147 » 5/24/2017 8:16 pm

RobW
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Burnt Island?

Trip Reports » A bear in a tree , and some favourite stumps. » 5/24/2017 8:00 am

RobW
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Probably eating catkins or something similar.

Great pictures too. :-)
 

Where Is This? » Where is this #146 » 5/24/2017 7:59 am

RobW
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Dividing Lake?

Where Is This? » Where is this #146 » 5/23/2017 12:20 pm

RobW
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Continuing south I'll go with Big Porcupine. There is a creek that feeds in from south of the narrows that could be full of lily pads. 

Photos and Videos To Share » Spring trip pics out of Cedar » 5/19/2017 2:09 pm

RobW
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Awesome pics. 

My spring 'trip' was spent at the cottage and I'm definitely missing the camping. 

Where Is This? » Where is this #146 » 5/19/2017 2:07 pm

RobW
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Ragged would be south of Little Joe and the bay heading to the portage to Big Porcupine would be a possibility
 

Where Is This? » Where in APP? #142 » 5/11/2017 2:43 pm

RobW
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Opeongo river between Kitty Lake and Farm Lake just above the rapids/chute
 

Where Is This? » Where in APP? #142 » 5/11/2017 12:39 pm

RobW
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Looks like Pen Lake nearing the portage to Clydegale but sneakily hiding around the corner on the south shore just out of sight of where the Galipo river flows in. 

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