Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources doesn't produce too many extensive smallmouth bass reports, but thanks to one of our finest biologists, we are pleased to let you know about a new provincial bass report available on the MNR website at the link below - or see attached pdf: The Smallmouth Bass in Ontario.
About the report:
The Smallmouth Bass in Ontario by Emily Funnellis a comprehensive MNR status report that looks at various components of smallmouth bass in this province. This just released 2012 publication begins with a look into the bass' native and ever expanding home range across Ontario. It also speaks of potential implications to Ontario's bass fisheries due to climate change. The chapter on smallmouth bass biology and ecology includes a fascinating section on factors that affect survival and year-class strength. Other chapters focus on bass management, stocking efforts and the value of smallmouth bass angling across Ontario. The Smallmouth Bass in Ontario will naturally be of great interest to fisheries managers and biologists; however every-day recreational anglers will also find it a compelling read. Competitive anglers should be quite interested to read about improving tournament practices and a look at tournament data from across Ontario. A section in chapter 4 looks at historical and current trends in bass angling across Ontario and there is no question that bass are one of the most popular and sought after sportfish in the province.
About the Author Emily Funnell:
Emily Funnell (above working with smallmouth bass) is currently a management biologist, with MNR's Aurora District for the Lake Simcoe Team. She began writing this bass report however back in 2010 while she was Fisheries Biologist with MNR's Fisheries Policy Section in Peterborough. Emily has a degree from the University of Toronto and has gained extensive experience working for local Conservation Authorities, Non-Profit Environmental Organizations, and the Ministry of Natural Resources. As a project coordinator and biologist with Ontario Streams, she oversaw stream restoration, habitat enhancement efforts and coordinating aquatic invasive species monitoring and eradication projects throughout Greater Toronto Area watersheds. Emily enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting and of course fishing for bass … as well as most other species.