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
2017 Events: Our 15th annual chapter outing will be held at the Glen House Resort September 15th. Our Missing Friends Outing will be held the following day (September 16th)
Meet and greet Friday evening at Musky Jakes Restaurant. Fishing Saturday to 6:30pm - Dinner at the Glen House 7:30pm sharp. Trophy presentation shortly after supper. Missing Friends Outing Sunday dawn until dusk. Pictures to be posted on the MCI forum. 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.
Radio Telemetry Study: Muskies Canada Gananoque & 1000 Islands Chapter will partner with Queens University in a study to identify spawning locations for muskellunge in the Gananoque area. Queens University summer students, under the supervision of Dr. Bruce Tufts, will be inserting internal radio transmitters into adult muskellunge caught by Muskies Canada anglers. These muskellunge will then be released back into the water and their movements will be tracked the following spring during spawning time. Possible spawning areas were muskellunge were tracked during spawning time will be seined during the summer months for young-of-the-year muskellunge fingerlings. This is a multi-year study of muskellunge spawning and nursery habitat.
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.
Royal Canadian Legion, bottom floor, 55 King Street (just west of Stone Street), Gananoque, ONMAP
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