Muskies Canada is an angling club whose interests extend beyond the mere catching of fish…

 

We also share an interest in the preservation of our target species, Muskellunge, and we hope to enhance this fishery by our direct involvement in the management of the species. The projects and programs we are managing have all been designed to raise the public’s awareness of the muskellunge fishery as well as to protect it.

Muskellunge in recovery minutes after surgery.
Muskellunge in recovery a few minutes after a surgery of implantation of an acoustic and radio transmitter.

Some of our numerous other projects include: Radio Telemetry projects on two Ontario rivers, Identification Sign projects in southern and eastern Ontario, and spawning habitat protection projects throughout Ontario. We annually participate in numerous Sportsman’s shows and conduct seminars for other angling clubs and community youth organizations such as Scouts and Guides. More information on these and all of our other programs is readily available by contacting one of our National Executive Directors, or a local Chapter Chairman.

Our Goals

  • To enhance the sport fishery for muskellunge in Canada.
  • To protect and enhance the muskellunge fishery in Canada through the wise use of the muskellunge resource and participation in research projects, habitat protection and improvement projects, and scientific studies of the species
  • To support the abatement of water pollution.
  • To promote the exchange of muskie information among he angling public.

Our Public Release Program

The Public Release Program honors anglers that demonstrate a strong commitment towards conservation by awarding a Certificate of Appreciation and a Release Award Decal for a successful Catch & Release of a Muskellunge 36 inches or longer.

Why Should You Release Your Muskie?

  • It takes almost 7 years for a Muskellunge to reach maturity and be able to spawn. In most waters this occurs when the fish is approximately 40″.
  • It can take more than 20 years for a Muskie to grow to 50″.
  • Large fish produce more eggs per spawn.
  • Releasing the Muskie you catch allows the fish to spawn again and supports the wild Muskie population.
  • Fibreglass Replica mounts can be made of your catch using a few good pictures and accurate length and girth measurements. Replica mounts allow you to release the fish and have an exact copy to hang on the wall that will last a lifetime.

Requirements To Qualify

The Public Release Program is available to all members of the public with a valid fishing license.

Muskellunge must be caught and released during the proper open season.

  • Muskellunge must be 36″ or longer.
  • A photo of the fish (preferably a release picture) must be provided.
  • A short description of your catch and release is optional.
  • Send it to us by email at publiceducation@muskiescanada.ca

Catching and releasing a Muskie is a significant angling achievement and should be rewarded. Would you like to have a personalised Certificate of Appreciation from Muskies Canada acknowledging your achievement?

See participants pictures here!

Why Join?

Supporting a club that advances the goals of conservation, education and wise management is certainly something to feel good about but our members realize a great many other benefits that enhance both their enjoyment of the sport and success on the water. Through Chapter Meetings, family-oriented weekend outings and our Release Journal, we experience a sense of community in which novices and veterans alike share in a pool of expertise spanning decades on the world’s premier muskie waters.

Get the Grin

The Muskies Canada community extends beyond the membership as we have long-standing associations with research biologists, resource managers and tackle producers. Muskies Canada members hear of the latest research findings and tackle innovations “from the source” and are in a unique position to provide feedback and contribute to broad based conservation and education initiatives.

Muskies Canada Members have the unique ability to work directly with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) on many OMNR Projects They also participate in the Angler Log Program providing Catch/Unit of Effort(CUE) data by recording their efforts whenever they fish for Muskellunge. The OMNR uses this data as part of their Muskellunge Management Strategy.

MEETINGS

Each of our thirteen chapters hold monthly meetings. The format varies but typically the focus is on a guest speaker. The past year has featured presentations by research biologists, expert fishing guides, tackle company representatives and do-it-yourself lure makers. At the end of each meeting, donated tackle and other sporting items are raffled off. These meetings are informal and provide opportunities to share stories and strike up new friendships and fishing partnerships.

The Chapters also provide local muskie populations with much needed support such as educational booths at sportsman’s shows, visual spawning surveys, tagging and telemetry studies, launch ramp signs, seminars and release records that provide invaluable data to fisheries managers.

Non-members are not only welcome but are encouraged to come and check out any of our meetings. Meetings are generally held on a Wednesday night; you can check times, dates, and agendas for individual chapter meetings found throughout this site.

Many of our members live outside of urban centres and are unable to attend meetings. Helping to keep them “in the loop” is an exclusive Muskies Canada Members Forum.

Another perk of membership is a discount (usually 10 percent) on some muskie tackle from many Tackle Retailers.

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Our Chapters

Barrie
Belle River
Gananoque & 1000 Islands
Hamilton
Kawartha Lakes
Kitchener-Waterloo
Mississauga
Montreal
Ottawa
Quebec City
Saint John River
Sudbury
Toronto
Upper Valley

Release Journal Magazine

By becoming a Muskies Canada member you get a subscription to the Release Journal!

Current issue: Summer 2020 – Vol. 43, No. 2