Vic­to­ria Vanier Ayer's Cliff

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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.

Photo cour­tesy

Stephan Thibeault holds his prize-win­ning Brown Trout that weighed in at 5.09 lbs.

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