Victoria Vanier Ayer's Cliff
Some real ‘whoppers’ were caught during the Lake
Massawippi Conservation Club’s annual fishing tournament including the big winner which weighed in at 25.30 pounds. That monster was a Grey Trout, also known as a ‘laker’, and was caught by Hugues Sibires who released the fish after it was weighed.
“The tournament was fantastic and we had about three hundred people taking part. Not as many fish were caught as usual, the fishing was actually better in the second week of the tournament, but lots of large fish were caught. Our list of fish that get put back into the
lake is bigger than ever so it’s nice to see that the ‘Catch and Release’ program is catching on,” explained the Club’s president, Philip Church. “We put more boats on the lake this year for weighing the fish, but that can be difficult to do. It’s good to keep the smaller fish; they’re better for eating while the bigger fish are better for spawning. That way we can keep the good genetics going,” he added.
The best catches in this year’s event were: Grey Trout, Hugues Sibires, 25.3 lbs (1st), Philip Church 12.88 lbs (2nd), Francois Bovin, 12.19 lbs, (3rd); Brown Trout, Stephane Thibeault, 5.09 lbs (1st), Bill Gifford, 3.66 and 3.39 lbs (1st and 2nd); Rainbow, Philip Church, 2.95 lbs. (Rainbows are no longer stocked in the lake.)
“Bill Gifford was winning in the Brown Trout category until just before the end of the tournament when he was beat out by Stephane Thibeault in the last hour,” said Mr. Church about this year’s exciting tournament. One participant came to shore complaining that he’d been fighting a big Brown Trout that finally got away
from him. Soon after, another fisherman was able to catch that same fish which still had the hook and line in its mouth!
Last October, the Lake Massawippi Conservation Club released 5,500 Brown Trout that they raised into the lake. They will hold their Peche en herbe activity on June 6th, at the Ayer’s Cliff wharf, and on June 7th at the wharf in North Hatley.
Stephan Thibeault holds his prize-winning Brown Trout that weighed in at 5.09 lbs.