Wollaston Lake Home & Cottage Association is dedicated to the residents (both permanent and seasonal) who try to perpetuate the pristine environment and crystal waters in and around Wollaston Lake. Any recommendations or ideas that will assist the WLHCA executive committee to protect the environment of Wollaston Lake should be sent to:
Attn: Peggy Stewart, President WLHCA
Fishing When Not In Season (Closed Season)
Last year at our AGM a very concerned and helpful cottager reported that a number of bass spawning locations opposite his cottage were targets for poachers. The Executive indicated that they would prepare an information article for posting on the website in the spring of 2017 to warn of this serious and harmful practice.
In the spring, bass are often seen guarding their spawning nest in shallow water. Their uninterrupted presence to guard their eggs is key to the healthy reproduction of the bass species in our lake. Poaching (catching prior to the opening of bass season) removes healthy adult bass and is a shameful act.
Bass season opens June 24
If the season is closed:
- targeting the species is illegal, even if you plan to release the fish you catch
- you must release any accidentally-caught fish immediately and without harming them
Closed seasons are used to:
- protect a species at a vulnerable stage of its life cycle (e.g., when it is spawning or protecting its young)
- protect a rare or endangered species, like lake sturgeon
- increase a fish population
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To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Fines for poaching are in the neighborhood of $500.