Trophy Waters, Ontario Canada
The establishment of the Trophy Waters area is an exciting development in the history of fisheries management in Northwestern Ontario. Now visitors, businesses and local residents can look forward to a sport fishery that will be every bit as good, or better than it is now. And it is great now!
The concept for Trophy Waters is born out of a genuine desire to maintain and protect fantastic, but fragile fisheries. A decline in the quality of the fishing experience was simply not an option, nor was stocking or other means of artificial propagation. The goal was and continues to be to provide a quality sport fishing experience in a scenic, pristine wilderness setting by managing self-staining, natural fish stocks.
In the Trophy Waters, fish can still be caught, kept and eaten but the emphasis is no longer on the full and heavy creel. In the colder waters of the north, fish live a long life but grow slowly and high harvest rates cannot be maintained indefinitely. By ensuring minimal harvest levels on lakes with superb fisheries, it is possible to keep great fishing great forever. Catch and size limits have been put in place to achieve that goal without diminishing today’s great fishing opportunities and experience.
In the Trophy Waters, catch and release is a natural method of protecting the fishery while giving the angler the optimum fishing experience. Best of all, when you leave Trophy Waters, you’ll leave knowing that the great fishery you just experienced will be available to you for years to come because the Trophy Waters program is there to guarantee it.