Proposed Changes to Fishing Regulations and Stocking Strategies for Zone 15

Below is a letter from Peter Heinermann and Don Bishop, co-chairs of the GLPOA Fish Committee, regarding proposed changes to the current fishing regulations and fish stocking strategies for zone 15:

The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (MNDMNRF) has decided to revise the Management Plan for Fisheries Zone 15, the zone in which Golden Lake and the Bonnechere River reside. Lauren Trute (Biologist – Algonquin Zone, Ontario Parks), Jay Foran and then Tania Baker (Management Biologist, Pembroke District) have been kind enough to forward information from the ministry and Bob Peltzer (Member of the Zone 15 Fisheries Advisory Council) regarding the proposed draft plan. I have attached the proposed draft summary (FMZ 15 Draft Management Plan Highlights Summary V3.pdf). This is a document that should be read by anyone interested in the fisheries of Zone 15. To better understand the regulatory changes in the proposal, I have prepared a document (FMZ 15 Existing and proposed regulations 2022.pdf). I thought this would be more easily digested by having a comparative table with the existing regulations on the left and the proposed regulations on the right. Within that file I have highlighted in yellow, those items concerning Golden Lake and the Bonnechere River from Golden Lake to the Tramore Dam. The proposed changes have been highlighted in green and my comments are added where appropriate. I have also prepared another document with a summary of existing and proposed changes to stocking and stocking strategies. This is also attached to this email as a comparative table in pdf format (FMZ15 existing and proposed Stocking Strategies 2022.pdf). These three relatively short documents should allow you to review and comment upon the proposed draft of the Management Plan for Fisheries Zone 15.

The ministry and the fish committee of the Golden Lake and Area Property Owners Association are asking you to submit your comments online by visiting the following link  (https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-5715 ) prior to November 27, 2022.

As stakeholders in this resource, your input is quite important and vital to revising the Fisheries Management Zone 15 Draft Management Plan. Please provide your feedback!

Don Bishop and Peter Heinermann,

Co-Chairs of the GLPOA Fish Committee