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Friday August 10 2012

“only trace amounts of rain expected 40% chance” you will not melt

Be aware of developing Thunder/Lighting Clouds/Wind and take cover- safely

Happy fisherman

One great delight is to see a child catch his or her first fish.The achievement an fascination in there eyes is worth there weight in Gold. Prizes will be rewarded to the three biggest {weighed} fish, for each species, so this includes Carp. Weights can reach very high for these large fish.

Big Carp

The Hamilton Harbour watershed covers an area of approximately 500 square kilometres at the western edge of Lake Ontario and is a region of great physiographic diversity as a result of extensive glacial and glaciofluvial processes. The watershed can be divided into four subwatersheds which drain into Hamilton Harbour and include Spencer Creek, Grindstone Creek, North Shore and Redhill Creek subwatersheds. The watershed supports diverse fish communities and offers unique aquatic habitats to both migratory and resident fish species. The Niagara Escarpment represents the region’s most prominent geological feature with its limestone and dolomite ridge bisecting the watershed as it extends from the Niagara River to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula.

Rainbow trout


Myself will be looking for the Wolf of the Lake (The Pike )

Bob’s Pike


Children and wildlife

The wetlands function as a seasonal fish nursery for Lake Ontario, and despite the historical degradation, most historical species of fish can still be found using Cootes Paradise and in increasing numbers. As with birds and plants the location is the biodiversity hotspot for Canada with over 60 species present. Each spring thousands of spawning fish migrate in through the fishway from the harbour and lake, laying eggs and leaving shortly after, allowing the marsh to function as a giant fish hatchery.


Annually between 5 and 20 million fish are produced for the lake depending on water levels and water pollution events. The species present reflect the degraded marsh habitat with the most common the Gizzard shad.

Rbg Fish-way escapee

Also common are night time predators species Channel Catfish and Brown Bullhead, along with invasive species such as Alewife and White Perch. Popular angling species present in limited numbers include pike, Largemouth Bass, and Yellow Perch, but the large adults are only present in the marsh during the spawning season which is closed to fishing. The spring and fall season also brings several migrating salmon and trout to the marshes main inflowing river.

Rainbow trout
Jerry’s catch

In 2007, when there was low water level in Lake Ontario and a favourable wind, all the water was pushed out of Cootes Paradise and the remaining carp swam out into Hamilton Harbour. RBG staff removed the fish gates and herded out the last of the carp, and then replaced the gates. Since then the Paradise has been relatively carp free. In the absence of these large destructive bottom feeders there is a gradual return natural native plant species populations.

Now in 2012 Cootes Paradise is threatened once again by increasing numbers of Carp and Goby fish. Goby fish is a feral species that destroys our environment.

I have images of the Goby fish so if you catch one, “Dont throw it back in water, and especially donnot use as bait . Put the fish in the garbage to save our Great lakes …..please.The Goby grow too two and a half inches long, a very destructive, invasive species are  from  illegal Ballast water dumping by Ocean Craft . Remember the Zebra Mussels?

Goby Fish two inches long

and Thanking  you in advance

Doug Worrall

Rainbow trout

Event is Date below:

The Hamilton Harbour Fishing Derby takes place this Saturday, August 11th from 8am to 12pm.  Prizes to be awarded at 1:30pm – – – THIS IS A FREE EVENT FOR ALL AGES!

Company-lets go fishing

Pier 8

47 Discovery Drive

Hamilton, ON

Check in Stations:

While you are out fishing, take your camera, you may see some wonderful animals……………………

The Fishway-Black crowned night heron

Pier 8 – Scoops Ice Cream Hut
HWT Centre – North Side
Bayfront Park Boat Launch
Fishway on Waterfront Trail
LaSalle Park Boat Launch
Marine Police Basin

3 age categories:

Child 10 and under
Youth 11 to 17
Adult 18 and over

Fishing, Environment and
Water Safety Demonstrations


1000 Free Fishing Rods for Children 12 and under

Silent Auction Fundraiser
9:00am to 1:30pm
Pier 8 – Hamilton Waterfront Trust

Harbourfront park


Information: Hamilton Waterfront Trust, Wikipedia




Doug Worrall

Perch Fishing Hamilton Harbour

Perch Fishing Hamilton Harbour

Sunday November 7 2010

Yellow Perch Hamilton

Many anglers, and even some of the ‘pro’ fisherfolk are again REDISCOVERING the yellow perch. This pristine flavoured fish found throughout much of North America’s freshwater bodies is allowing many fisherpeople to be “BORN AGAIN”.

Perch can be caught at any time of the year, and are willing biters, provided we can get our small bait in front of them.

Perch can be caught in many freshwater bodies, and without a lot of expensive equipment! One can catch good catches of perch from many North American streams, lakes, impoundments – nearly any waterbody. This offers EVERYONE great opportunity to catch a ‘mess’ of perch for a meal of the finest eating available ANYWHERE!

You don’t need a boat, and in most cases you will be able to find areas near your home where you’ll be able to harvest good catches right from shore. If you have a small boat or canoe – or even a magnificent hundred foot yacht, you’ll too be able to participate in this fishy quest.

Yellow perch are, for the most part, aggressive biters. Good places to catch perch are from boat docks, piers along harbours, breakwaters and the like, in larger waterbodies. Too, perch can easily be caught right from shore along stream/rivers, ponds, inland lakes and impoundments.Look for clear ‘fishable’ spots just off weedbeds, etc.where you can wet a line without too much interference with weeds. Usually there are such places, even in the worst weed-choked shorelines. Breaks/holes in a bed of lilly pads is especially appealing, if you can find one.

Beautiful novemebr day

If you need information on where to go locally, nearly any bait/tackle shop in your area will be able to set you on your way with enough basic local information enough to catch perch. You’ll be able to build on this information as time goes by, by trying new locations that look ‘perchy’, adding your own new-found ‘perch patch’s’!

Generally, I like to fish from shore in about six to fifteen feet of water for perch, and if you have the use of a boat/canoe, you’ll be able to move around a bit, offering potentially, more areas of water to fish. When fishing in deep waterbodies, I’ve had my best luck by fishing right next to shore. But I’ve also had good catches of perch in six feet of water, and even shallower depths, upon occasion.

When fishing for perch, bear in mind that these fish, like their larger cousin the walleye, are schooling fish (for the most part), and are ‘migratory’, and move around quite a lot. You could be fishing an area without even a nibble, then have a school of perch move in – and whammo- fish-on! If you catch one perch, you are very likely top catch more, simply because they are a schooling fish. The secret – once fish ‘move in’ – get that bait/hook back into the water as quickly as you can. Just as perch ‘move in’ they’ll also ‘move out’, and your fishing success may go dead again for a while.

You will find however, that some perch populations, especially in smaller ponds/lakes, may not school up a lot. These fish are the exceptions to the normal and general perch population. These more solitary fish can be caught easily though, once you’ve found the depth that these fish are in – stay within that same depth during the whole trip out, and cover territory by trying various places within that waterbody.

Fishing Hamilton Harbour


1/ Use needle sharp hooks, and carry a hook hone in your tackle box

2/ Use small bait size/pieces – the smallest bait that you can get away with, perch don’t hit huge pieces of bait as a rule

3/ Use a sharp snap, but not a wicked jerk, when setting the hook

4/ Use the lightest line, and the smallest hooks and split shot that you can handle

5/ Use ‘perch eyes’ for bait only when you are into a school of perch. Other baits are much better to first attract them into your area.

6/ Use attractor hooks where possible, they’ll give you that extra bit of colour and zip needed to draw perch from a few feet further away, especially in muddy/turbid water

7/ Use chum where it is legal, it’ll hold fish in the area allowing you do a good job ‘working on them’

Information Wikipedia

Doug Worrall Photography