Muskie Day this weekend at Valley Sportsmen and Outdoor Show


Don’t forget the Valley Sportsmen & Outdoor Show this weekend in Carp and, courtesy of my friends at Muskies Canada, here are details on ‘Muskie Day’ which runs all day Saturday:


Muskellunge are the largest freshwater predators in our waters. They are rare, elusive and magnificent to see in the wilds.  Some anglers have had close encounters with a big muskie.  Catch-and-release has been very effective in producing a world-class, sustainable fishery for muskie in the Ottawa area.

On April 6, Muskies Canada will put on a full day of information, workshops and seminars on muskie fishing at the Valley Fishing and Outdoor Show at the Carp arena.  Muskie Day is included with general admission to the show. How-to workshops will cover all aspects of equipment and baits, casting and trolling techniques and how to handle, photograph and safely release these important fish.

There will also be keynote presentations throughout the day about the muskie fishery on the Ottawa, Rideau and St. Lawrence River systems.  Several announcements will be made during the day that will benefit the muskellunge fishery in the Ottawa area.

The event is being held by Muskies Canada and will feature six chapters located throughout eastern Ontario and western Quebec. Muskie Day partners include Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ottawa Riverkeeper, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and Parks Canada, and Ottawa River Muskie Factory. John Anderson, a well-known Ottawa River guide will be a keynote speaker.

 “Muskie Day will help everyone better appreciate the muskies that inhabit our local waters”, says Peter Levick, Chair of the Ottawa chapter. “We need to be able to catch and handle these fish in a way that ensures their long-term success. We also want to help everyone see how healthy watersheds support more dynamic fisheries, ensuring a place for muskies which are at the top of the food chain”.   Muskies Canada promotes catch-and-release to ensure a sustainable muskie population and we are also involved in important initiatives that improve habitat and monitor water quality.


  Muskie Day  Outline  Saturday April 6 Valley Fishing & Outdoors Show, Ottawa (Carp Fairgrounds)
Timing Session Speaker
8.00 Doors Open  
 8.00 – 8.15  Intro & Welcome    Peter Levick, Chair 
8.15 – 9.30 Muskies Canada Workshop 1– Rods for Muskie Fishing- Reels for casting & trolling- Lines, leaders & terminal tackle


Retailers, Pro Staff Experts& Muskies Canada specialists
9.30 – 10.15 Managing for Muskies in the 21st Century in Ontario  Dan Taillon, OMNR Ministry staff, FMZ 12, FMZ 18 reps  
10.15 – 10.30 Break & discussions   
10.30 – 11.30 Keynote Presentation:  Ottawa –   The Greatest Musky City in the World – Resource overview, musky movements in the system (telemetry studies info), proper handling, tactics  John Anderson, Ottawa River Guide & Muskie Expert
11.30 – 12.00 Muskie Hot Stove    – Experts in an armchair session  John Anderson, Hedrik Wachelka, Jim Hutchings, MNR staff 
12.00 – 12.30 Announcement:Muskies Canada & Ottawa Riverkeeper Partnership  Peter Levick (Muskies Canada)  & Alexandra Brett (from Ottawa Riverkeeper)
12.30 – 1.00 Lunch Break   
1.00 – 1.45 Workshop 2– Casting – spinners, jerk-baits, gliders, plastics- Precision trolling tactics- Hot baits Muskies Canada Experts




1.45 – 2.15 Workshop 3– Catch, Photo, Release- Release tools- The advantage of Fishing Barbless 

– Photo tips

– Ensuring a good release      



Muskies Canada Experts
2.15 – 3.00 The St. Lawrence Muskie Fishery– Resident Muskies- Young of the Year studies- Catching the late season giants

– New 54 inch limit

Jim Hutchings, Muskies Canada Gananoque chapter & Josh Van Wieren, Parks Canada 


3.00 – 3.15  Break  
3.15 – 4.00 Muskies & the Rideau system– Muskies in the Lower Rideau                          watershed- Restoring Muskie Habitat

– Chapman Mills Project

– NEWS – Brewer Pond Project for 2013

Hedrik Wachelka – Muskies CanadaJennifer Lamoureux, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority  
4.00 – 5.00 Muskies Canada – Making a DifferencePanel discussion about Muskies Canada, our projects and special initiatives to sustain the Muskie fishery and how you can help make a difference. Chris Purdy (National President); Peter Levick, (Ottawa); Jim Hutchings (Gananoque); Tyler Duncan (Upper Ottawa Valley); Marc Pitre (Sudbury); Denis Gravel (Montreal) Tom McCutcheon (Kawartha Lakes) 
5.00 Closing Remarks Peter Levick, Muskies Canada






8 thoughts on “Muskie Day this weekend at Valley Sportsmen and Outdoor Show”

  1. Don’t let your toes dangle in the water off the dock on the Ottawa or St Lawrence River, you might just pull them up and find out you don’t have 12 anymore 🙂

    Jeff are you going to be at the show this year?

    1. Iggy, I may actually be able to attend this year..which would be nice since I havent gone in several!

      Oh and btw, next issue of Bounder is out this friday!


  2. A few of your regular readers are meeting for a beer and wings after the show on Saturday
    Local Hero’s Bells Corners

  3. it would be worth the time just to listen to dan tallion .. one of the last good mnr biologist

    1. Good to know Chess, thank you.

      Have the cooler temps put a wrench on the rainbow run down there??


  4. Yup they have stopped cold in tracks thank goodness we had a week of bad fishing . The son hammered them after school yesterday this cold weather has made them drop back only 159 fish through the counter . I guess I should not have said how well the fishing is now but then again nobody reads this column anyway lol

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