BPSA - 'All about the fish'
by Stu Paterson

March 3, 2017


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BPSA members work two shifts to process thousands of rainbow trout weeks before being stocked

March1st was fin-clipping day at the Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association (BPSA) hatchery.

Every year around this time, club members gather to clip the adipose fin on thousands of yearling rainbow trout, preparing them for stocking in the near future. For these folks it’s a labour of love as it’s “all about the fish”.

The clippers worked in long afternoon and evening shifts processing 30-thousand trout. Members of the Barrow Bay and District Sport Fishing Association helped out. This, in return for BPSA providing thousands of yearling trout for Barrow bay anglers.

A delicate touch - clipping an adipose find for future identification

Fin clipping helps identify if fish are natural or stocked. In the past, when we took eggs for our hatchery from spawning fish, 60 per cent of the trout had been fin clipped. This suggests a good survival rate and healthy return of our stocked fish.

BPSA Hatchery Manager Ray Marklevits reports the hatchery fish are in great shape and water flow and temperatures in the hatchery tanks have been ideal this spring. When these fish are stocked, a new supply of rainbow trout eggs will arrive, starting the process over again.  

BPSA Hatchery Manager Ray Marklevits and Fish Committee Member Murray Garniss handle yearling rainbow trout at the hatchery

BPSA boasts the longest running volunteer staffed community fish stocking program in Ontario and, since the 1960s, has stocked over five million rainbow and brown trout and salmon for the Grey-Bruce recreational fishery. Stocking is licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and is operated for the Province by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters under the Community Hatchery Program.

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Anglers from Ontario, other provinces and the U.S. travel to Grey-Bruce every year to enjoy our beautiful scenery, our pollution free environment and sports fish they can eat. Our club's efforts over the last 65-years have helped pump many millions of dollars into our regional economy. Among our partners are the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resource and Forestry (MNRF), The Lake Huron Fishing Club, the Barrow Bay Sport Fishing Association, the Ontario Steelheaders, the Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association and the Ontario Community Hatchery Program.

BPSA recently hosted more than 300 guests at our Family Day open house. That successful event was  part of the club’s community outreach effort. An effort that is hoped will attract new members, young and old, as the Club tries to expand its range of programs aimed at getting more people outdoors.

 Next major event is the annual BPSA SPRING FISHING DERBY for members and guests. It runs from May 12-14 with the derby awards Sunday May 14 during our annual fish fry at the clubhouse.

BPSA KIDS FISHING DAY 2017 runs the morning of May 27th this year at the hatchery pond. Youngsters 12 and under are welcome to take part. There is no charge. The MNRF has donated 300 brook trout for this popular annual event which will be “catch and release” and once again will be lots of fun.

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