A few years ago I worked with people from the MNR and Muskys Canada in a stocking effort on Lake Simcoe. This effort has been going on for many years in hopes of re-introducing Musky to Lake Simcoe after their numbers were decimated by commercial and sport fishing pressure. Muskys Canada is a fishing club and conservation organization of which I am a member, we are involved in many various volunteer efforts designed to enhance or protect the Musky fishery in Ontario. Below are some shots of a few of the 2500 fingerlings we deposited into Lake Simcoe in the spring of 2013. This is an effort repeated every spring for the last decade. I was proud to be a small part of it by hand delivering some of these fish that spring to various locations along the Talbot River on the north east shore of Lake Simcoe.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese photos show the fingerlings in the transport tanks used to get them to the waters edge. Stocking timing is critical because unlike other hatchery fish these little guys simply eat one another around this size. Placement of a few fingerlings in strategic locations in a river or along a shoreline keeps them from cannibalizing. Stocking Musky is very labour intensive and complex compared to most other commonly stock fish. Our success on Lake Simcoe is still not assured although incidental reports of fish that fit our program are starting to be made. Eventually the goal is to have a sustainable musky fishery once again in Lake Simcoe, all indicators suggest it’s working. Pay it forward.