Chapter HighlightsNext MeetingHabitat Restoration Projects for 20152016 Capital Challunge
The Muskies Canada Ottawa chapter is represented by young and old anglers from all over the Ottawa region and surrounding areas. It is comprised of both experienced and novice anglers who share many similar concerns and objectives when it comes to fishing the mighty Muskie.
The Ottawa chapter strongly promotes actively putting something back into this fishery through the encouragement of catch and release, participation in conservation projects and support to research into our local muskie environment. Situated in what is considered to be one of the best Muskie fishing areas period, the Ottawa region offers many opportunities to hook up with one of the largest game fish in eastern Ontario.
The Ottawa chapter's intent is to welcome new members into MCI and see to it they are able to enjoy and respect this magnificent animal to the fullest. Ours efforts are not limited to just catching and releasing Muskies, as the Ottawa chapter has continuously supported and participated in numerous conservation and study efforts over the years, thus offering to it's members a firsthand opportunity to see the science behind the fishery. Members can also expect to learn why Muskellunge stocks in this region are naturally sustaining and not stocked, and what efforts, as a club, Muskies Canada Inc. take to ensure that continues to be true.
Habitat Restoration Projects for 2015
This year the Ottawa Chapter will continue to support two habitat restoration projects that were started in the fall of 2014.
Brewer Park Pond Project
This project will re-connect a '60s, swimming pond with the main channel of the Rideau river downtown. This pond never worked very well for swimming and became an algae pit and fish trap. It would flood in the spring and gradually de-oxygenate over the summer. It had no natural connection with the river. The restoration project will create Muskie spawning habitat and will be supported by fish tagging and monitoring to measure the success of the innovative approach to habitat improvement.
Jock River Fish Habitat Embayment Project
The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority together with a group of partners has created a new fish embayment on the Jock river site which will greatly enhance spawning and nursery habitat for our favourite fish. The Ottawa chapter, investing and working through our new Muskies Canada Foundation, has put $5000 into this important project. Two other fishing organizations also contributed and we were successful in leveraging that and received a major federal grant under the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program.
2016 Capital Challunge
If the picture looks similar to last year - it is !! For the second year in a row the Capital Challunge winner was Corey Easingwood. Once again he boated a beauty 48.5" fish.
2016 Outing winner Corey Easingwood - 48.5"
A Great Release
"The food was great and a fantastic prize table. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped put on this event."
"Great Outing guys. I'm looking forward to the next one."
When you attend our chapter meetings you will get a great opportunity to meet and talk with all kinds of people involved in Muskie fishing. Experienced anglers, scientists doing research on different aspects of Muskie biology, lure manufacturers and electronics experts to name a few.
Every meeting is different, but one thing you can be sure of is you will leave the meeting with a better understanding of what it takes to find, catch and safely release the Muskie you have been chasing. Here are a few quotes from new members:
“Just awesome! I met a great bunch of guys at the chapter meeting, all willing to share their knowledge. A real learning experience - start to finish.”
“This group is dedicated to proper management of the Muskie fishery. They have helped me catch more fish and shown me the right tools and techniques for handling and releasing this great fish.”
Come out and join us. MCI members and friends are welcome to share the experience. Chapter meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Orleans Legion starting at 7:30. Click the map link below for location details.