Lake gives up an­other ghost net

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS - Jen­nifer Hamil­ton-mc­cha­rles

It cer­tainly wasn’t what a lo­cal fish­er­man was hop­ing to catch on Lake Nipiss­ing Tues­day.

a ghost net full of wall­eye, pike, bass, perch, white­fish and a big stur­geon was found. It’s the fourth one this sum­mer.

Jolanta Kowal­ski, spokes­woman for min­istry of Nat­u­ral re­sources and Forestry, con­firmed the min­istry was con­tacted and is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the dis­cov­ery.

This isn’t the first time a net has been found in Lake Nipiss­ing waters.

a south­ern on­tario res­i­dent found an aban­doned fish­ing net in June near Laronde Creek off Jocko point.

he told The Nugget the net was about 100 feet in length and had about two dozen fish caught in it. The fish were at var­i­ous lev­els of de­cay.

Three ghost nets filled with rot­ting fish were re­cov­ered in Lake Nipiss­ing in June. Two nets about 500 feet long and one about 1,000 feet long were dis­cov­ered float­ing around the West bay of Lake Nipiss­ing near man­i­tou Is­lands.

The species of fish tan­gled in the net were re­ported to be wall­eye, pike and musky. one of the nets had a 49-inch musky en­tan­gled in it.

In 2014, an­glers re­ported sev­eral ghost nets float­ing in Lake Nipiss­ing through­out the sum­mer months.

Con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cers are ask­ing the pub­lic with any in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to this in­ves­ti­ga­tion to please call the mnrf Tips line at 1-877-847-7667 or Nipiss­ing First Na­tion re­port­ing line at 705-471-1744 (email Nr­tips@nfn.ca) or to re­main anony­mous call Crimestop­pers at 1-800-222Tips.

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