You don’t often hear the statement “our lake is in great shape, the fishery is better than ever, our shoreline is cleaner, and the overall water quality is better”. The truth of the matter is that it is unfair to compare our lakes today vs 50 years ago simply because lakes change, populations increase and more human activity is evident everywhere. But if you compared your lake to 20 years ago there is little doubt many of them are actually in better shape. There are fewer chemicals, less raw sewage, and in many situations the fish populations are more understood and actually higher than in the ‘good old days’.
In no small part organizations like the Ontario B.A.S.S. Federation Nation and other fishing clubs and organisations are partially responsible. Not only do we strongly advocate catch and release and other sound conservation principles but every year OBFN club members across the province roll up their sleeves and help improve our lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands. Projects range from picking up garbage, naturalizing shorelines, constructing fish habitats and participate in research programs in cooperation with staff from our local Ministry of Natural Resources offices. Combined with educating other anglers and the general public about our precious resource, OBFN members strive to ensure there’s a healthy environment so that we can continue to pursue our passion for decades to come.
We also have a strong commitment to ensure our future anglers and caretakers of the resource are actively involved. Our Junior Bassmasters must complete two conservation projects a year in order to participate in the tournament qualifications process. They learn to be ambassadors to the sport of fishing and the membership in general.
The process of changing improving even a handful of Ontario’s 250,000+ lakes is slow. Sometimes it takes years to make small changes that might set the foundation for something bigger and better for future generations. Please help us to ensure the momentum of change continues.