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Gananoque & 1000 Islands Chapter

Who We Are

Muskies Canada Gananoque & 1000 Islands Chapter

Our Membership: Our chapter members include a range from novices to charter guides. Geographically our members have come from as far west as Stoney Point to as far east as Montreal on the Canadian side. On the United States side our membership extends from St. Vincent to the west and Ogdensburg to the east in New York State. We also have several American members from other U.S. states.



Meetings: Chapter meetings are held at 7 PM on the first Tuesday of each month at the Royal Canadian Legion, bottom floor, 55 King Street (just west of Stone Street), Gananoque. Come and join us for an interesting night out. Listen to some interesting speakers and learn more about the exciting muskellunge fishery in our area. MAP



              2014 Events: Our 12th annual chapter outing will be held at the                 Glen House Resort September 12th to the 14th.





 See the full details here 2014 Gananoque Gathering or check the Chapter Outings & Events section. 



Meet and greet Friday evening at the Glen House. Fishing Saturday to 6:30pm - Dinner at the Glen House 7:30pm sharp. Fishing Sunday until 2:30pm - Trophy presentation 3:00pm at the Glen House. Dinner and Outing $50.00 includes tax and service - Outing Only $15 per person.



 Outing Central: Glen House Resort - 418, 1000 Islands Parkway - 1-800-268-4536 http://www.smugglersglen.com.  Contact them soon and mention Muskies Canada when you book your room as limited rooms are available.



2013 Regulation Change - St. Lawrence River 54" Minimum Size Limit:The OMNR has implemented our proposed change in the legal size limit for muskellunge from the present 48" to 54" on the St. Lawrence River for 2013. We feel that it is crucial to protect large female brood stock muskellunge, especially after the loss of many large female muskellunge in the VHS die-off in 2005 and 2006. Our chapter has worked very hard to get the size limit increased to protect the fishery. Thanks to Jim Hutchings for his hard work, and Dr. John Casselman for his scientific support.





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Community Support 2013

Our chapter feels strongly about supporting the community we live in. Once again this year our chapter members raised money to support the Gananoque Food Bank. We raised over $470.00 in 2013 with our rod raffle and prize table proceeds from October - December and to all the members who bought tickets at our meetings. Gananoque Food Bank Thank You Note

Chapter History

The Gananoque & 1000 Islands chapter was founded in 2002, under the interim sponsorship of the Montreal chapter, and the support of the Gananoque community. Several dedicated anglers came together with the goal of protecting the muskellunge population in the 1000 Islands area. The 1000 Islands area of the St. Lawrence River is famous for its trophy muskie fishery, with muskies over 55" caught and released each season. Our chapter actively promotes Catch & Release and promotes safe handling practices of muskellunge throughout the 1000 Islands region. We also actively support the identification and protection of critical muskellunge spawning and nursery habitat to ensure the future of the muskellunge population in our area.

Chapter Projects for 2013

Muskellunge Nursery Habitat Seining: Our chapter will again be seining on the St. Lawrence River this August to capture YOY (young of the year) muskellunge. The goals of this project are to identify muskellunge nursery habitat sites in the 1000 Islands area of the St. Lawrence. We also gauge muskellunge year class strength by seining established muskellunge nursery sites each season. The main goal is to prevent the loss of crucial nursery habitat due to shoreline development in sensitive areas for muskellunge reproduction and recruitment. Results of the last 2 years seining efforts have been poor both on the Canadian side and the US side, where they carry out over 400 pulls in a season. These results may be attributed to the poor weather conditions in spring and summer over the last 2 years or might be a direct result of the VHS die-off affecting a majority of the spawning fish. This project is carried out with support from our partners at St. Lawrence Islands National Park, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.






Youth Participation


2014 Outdoors Class Field Day: The Gananoque and 1000 Islands Chapter will be participating in an Otdoor Class Field Trip with students from Acadamie Catholique Ange-Gabriel.



In 2012 four grade 11 students participated in an Outdoor Field Day at St. Lawrence Islands National Park. Teacher Remi Carrier, Parks Canada Ecologist Josh VanWieren and 2 Muskies Canada volunteers arranged for the students to seine net near-shore at the St. Lawrence Islands National Park, Mallorytown Landing Site. The students learned how to pull a seine net and identification of fish and aquatic species. Afterwards the students were given a tour of the Mallorytown Landing Site.



For the Kids: Our chapter will again be financially supporting and participating in local Kids Day Outings in our region.



Angler Log Program

Our chapter members will again be participating in this program to provide valuable information to our partners in this program, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Angler Log Program

Contact Us

If you are interested in attending a meeting or obtaining information on joining our chapter, please contact our Membership Director, Bruce Ogilvie (613)-532-4898 or our Chapter Chair, Jim Hutchings (613) 342-2201

 

Meeting Location

Royal Canadian Legion, bottom floor, 55 King Street (just west of Stone Street), Gananoque, ON

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Gananoque & 1000 Islands Chapter Partners & Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support.

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