Chaudière Lodge Fish Fry: A great time was had by all
Updated August 27, 2015
Great food, terrific music, perfect weather, a beautiful venue, and good friends.
That’s what UFRCA members and other guests experienced on Saturday August 8 at the Chaudière Lodge Fish Fry. The event was the brainchild of Chaudière owner and operator Steve Niedzwiecki and the UFRCA’s own Bill Diehl, with additional support from the UFRCA Board and in particular Jeff Hamilton, the Chair of our Social Committee.
Steve and the staff of Chaudière really pulled out all of the stops for us, meeting guests at the docks, parking boats (as well as mooring them out in the bay because of the size of the crowd/number of boats), and giving everyone a warm and enthusiastic welcome. The food was fantastic and plentiful – with fresh fried fish and fresh cut fries (say that 10 times fast…) prepared right in front of everyone on an open-hearth kitchen, along with a large spread of beans, salads, delicious desserts, and cold drinks.
As everyone ate, they were entertained by Derek Restoule who is not only the owner and operator of the Dokis Marina, but is also a very talented musician with a great voice. Derek was joined by other talented performers including Steve N. and Lilianne Murdoch. And as the music played, people had a chance to stroll through the well-kept grounds and to check on the latest menu at Chaudière’s wonderful restaurant.
(Liliane Murdoch is a rising star in Canada on the music scene. Here’s the official video of Liliane singing live with her 7-person blues band “Citrus Club” on the main stage on July 4 at the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival in front of 14,000 people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgAVg7sGITU)
This was truly one of those memorable events – a rare chance to be together as a cottage community to meet old friends, make new ones, and just shoot the breeze on a warm summer afternoon and evening. We are all very grateful to Steve and the staff of Chaudière and to Bill and Jeff for all of their hard work.
Thanks to Jeannette Fox for providing photos from the August 8 Fish Fry Social at Chaudière Lodge. See the Photo Gallery.
Best AGM Ever
Updated August 27, 2015
Thanks to all of our members who were able to come to this year’s Annual General Meeting at Solid Comfort Fish Club on August 2. According to many who were there, it was the most fun AGM we have had in years. Part of the thanks for this has to go to our special guest Dr. Françoise Noël, who gave a fascinating talk on the modern history of Lake Nipissing and the Upper French River, including the rise of cottaging and tourism in general. After the meeting, Dr. Noël made arrangements to have more of her books (NIPISSING – Historic Waterway, Wilderness Playground) available for sale at the store at Riverview.
Thanks also to Chief Denis Restoule of Dokis First Nation for spending time with us and providing an update on the impressive range of activities now underway in that community. This, of course, is Chief Denise’s final term and all wished her very well. Thanks, too, to Jeff Hamilton for making this year’s photo contest so entertaining. It was great to see so many entries this year and congratulations again to winners and to all participants.
And, finally, a most heartfelt thanks from all of us to the Solid Comfort Fishing Club. Club President Joe Ray and the Club members who were present took special care to make this a memorable event for us, including assisting with boats, setting us up in the lovely main dining hall, providing delicious snacks, and even offering a tour of the property. All of those in attendance (over 75) appreciated the warm welcome and the opportunity to become more familiar with this very stunning and historic spot.
See photos from the AGM in the Photo Gallery.
Fishing News - Commercial Fishery To Be Closed
Posted August 19. 2015
See this breaking news at http://www.baytoday.ca/content/news/details.asp?c=82745
Photo Contest Winners
Posted August 6, 2015
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Photo Contest. The images are posted in the Photo Gallery. Thanks to organizer Jeff Hamilton and to the judges for a great event.
Joy Allen (1931-2015)
Posted August 5, 2015
The UFRCA expresses its condolences to the family of Bruce Allen (first UFRCA President), whose wife Joy Allen died at home on Sunday August 2 at the age of 83. This would have been her 60th summer on the river, and 50th as a property owner. See obituary here.
More On Fishing
Posted June 27, 2015
Following are several links to other fishing-related articles in the North Bay media.
Fishing dominates local Lake Nipissing news
Posted June 18, 2015
The Lake Nipissing fishery continues to generate news from all sides. The following three articles are from the North Bay Nugget.
Fish protest being planned for August 1, 2015
By Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles, The Nugget
Wednesday June 17, 2015 2:04:39 EDT PM
Fishermen, tourists and concerned citizens are holding a demonstration to raise awareness of what is happening on Lake Nipissing. The organizer Reg Dupuis said he wants to bring accountability to what he describes as the mismanagement and lack of enforcement by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Nipissing First Nation leaders and Anishniabek Police Service. Dupuis said he is in the process of informing Ontario Provincial Police, North Bay Police Service of the protest, as well, ensuring he has the proper permits for the Aug. 1 event. For the rest of the North Bay Nugget article, see http://www.nugget.ca/2015/06/17/fish-protest-being-planned
Co-operation, understanding key to Lake Nipissing's health
By Bob Goulais
Special to The Nugget
Wednesday June 17, 2015 10:00:07 EDT AM
We have a couple of big problems to solve when it comes to the Lake Nipissing fishery. First and foremost, we all need to work together to address the serious decline in the walleye population and overall health of our beautiful lake. Lake Nipissing has been our lifeblood of the Nbisiing people giving us sustenance nutritionally, economically and spiritually. The lake has also been a critical economic driver for many residents and anglers who live, work and play in our region. We all have a stake in the protection of our lake and its species. For the rest of the Nugget article, see http://www.nugget.ca/2015/06/17/co-operation-understanding-key-to-lake-nipissings-health
Dumped fish angers angler
By PJ Wilson, The Nugget
Thursday June 11, 2015 4:42:39 EDT PM
The Lake Nipissing fish no one seems to want are being left to rot, according to a fisherman who says he was “sickened” by a fish dump on Nipissing First Nation land. Larry Bonney said the dump on Mooz Miikun, a road that leads to a gravel pit off Highway 17, was probably about 60 feet by 60 feet, and contained unsold, packaged fillets as well as whole pike, muskie, sheepshead and bass. For the rest of the Nugget article, see http://www.nugget.ca/2015/06/11/dumped-fish-angers-angler
Water Problems at Dokis - State of Emergency
Posted June 12, 2015
For the North Bay Nugget article, click here.
The June newsletter was distributed June 1 to current UFRCA members. If you did not receive it but should have, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The announcement for the Annual General Meeting slated for Solid Comfort Fishing Camp on August 2, 2015, may be seen here.
A book review of Francoise Noel's NIPISSING - Historic Waterway, Wilderness Playground may be seen here.
A new social event at Chaudière Lodge is planned for August 8. Click here for full information.
Walleye Population Remains Stressed but Improving
Posted May 26, 2015
According to a North Bay Nugget article today, "the walleye population in Lake Nipissing remains stressed, but recent legislative changes are helping the young fish mature and reproduce, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry." For the complete North Bay Nugget article, click here.
Changes in the wind for local First Nations
Posted May 26, 2015
Political changes are in store for both local First Nations. At Nipissing First Nation west of North Bay, Chief Marianna Couchie recently announced she would be stepping down at the end of this term. The election for chief and band councillors is slated for July 10, 2015. For the North Bay Nugget article click here. At Dokis First Nation, Chief Denise Restoule has also claimed this will be her last two-year term, which ends in 2016.
Gill netting continues to be a problem during moratorium
Posted May 23, 2015
An article from the May 10 North Bay Nugget is available here.
Lake Nipissing Ice
First Posted April 2, 2015
Updated May 1, 2015
Updated May 5, 2015
It's official. The North Bay Nugget declared today that the ice is officially off the lake as of today Tuesday May 5, 2015.
You can watch the ice disappear from the Great Lakes and Lake Nipissing with this NASA web site. You can zoom in to see a bit more detail as well as adjust the date to see the progression. As of May 1, it appears that Lake Nipissing is close to being ice free. The average ice-out date is April 28. See On the Water / Ice out Dates. For a related article by Jennifer McCharles in today's Nugget click here.
Lake Nipissing Fisheries Management Plan Approved
Posted April 16, 2015
We recently received the following e-mail with several attachments from MNRF in North Bay .
I have the opportunity today to write to advise you that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), North Bay District is pleased to announce that the approved Lake Nipissing Fisheries Management Plan is available for the public to view. The approved plan can be viewed through the Environmental Registry at www.ontario.ca/ebrby searching for registry number 012-1353. You can also review the plan by making an appointment at the local MNRF office. If you have any questions, concerns or would like to make an appointment to review the plan, please feel free to contact me by replying to this email or by phone at 705-475-5530.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
See related attachments:
Letter from Mitch Baldwin - District Manager
Status of the Walleye Population in Lake Nipissing (PDF)
Lake Nipissing Ice
Posted April 2, 2015
You can watch the ice disappear from the Great Lakes and Lake Nipissing with this NASA web site. You can zoom in to see a bit more detail as well as adjust the date to see the progression. As of April 1, it appears that Georgian Bay is starting to break up, but Lake Nipissing is totally ice-covered. The average ice-out date is April 28. See On the Water / Ice out Dates.
The North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority reports that while the regional snow pack is presently double the normal depth, indications are that it will be a gradual spring melt. Click here to see the Nugget article.
More Fishing News
Posted April 2, 2015
Two media reports will be of interest to anglers on Nipissing and the French. It was reported in the Nugget in January that two fishermen had been fined for possession infractions. Recently, the Almaguin News reported that the new slot size regulations do not appear to be having the negative impact that some predicted, and that it was quite a good ice fishing season for area outfitters and tourist operators.
Charges laid in gill netting
By JENNIFER HAMILTON-MCCHARLES, The Nugget
Thursday, March 26, 2015 5:10:10 EDT PM
Obituaries for Sam Trescher and Dennis Brodie
Posted February 11, 2015
We extend our condolences to the family of Fred “Sam” Trescher (1927-2015) who died recently on February 4, 2015. Sam was a cottager on the French for almost his entire lifetime, and daughter Liz Gallagher currently serves on the Board of Directors for the UFRCA. The obituary may be seen at http://www.chadwickmckinney.com/obituaries/Fred-Trescher/#!/Obituary
We also extend our condolences to another long-time cottager on the French River: Dennis Brodie of North Bay (1947-2014). Dennis died on November 2, 2014, and we extend our belated sympathies to Theresa and family. The obituary may be seen at http://www.hillsidefuneral.ca/obits/obituary.php?id=507695
Winter of 2015 has generally been cold and snowy. To UFRCA Members: The Photo Contest is open for entries. See the Social and Events page for full details. The photo at left, taken by Clayton Dokis, is looking up-river from the point just north of the Riverview Cottages docks.
Posted December 3, 2014
The December newsletter was distributed to current members on December 1. If you did not receive the newsletter, contact email@example.com.
Updated December 4, 2014
Lake Nipissing Ice Covered
The date when the lake is declared ice free in the spring generates much interest and has been recorded for many years. However, the date in late fall when the lake is completely ice-covered is not widely noted and records have not been kept, as far as we know. But this is being recognized as more important now as global climate change and global warming affect local weather patterns, and the duration of ice coverage may become an important statistic. Open water can generate localized lake-effect snow and moderate temperatures on land. Also, the formation of "good" ice affects travel and winter ice fishing on the lake.
Posted November 4, 2014
Monday, November 03, 2014 by: BayToday.ca Staff
Updated October 28, 2014
On October 19, it was reported in the North Bay Nugget that Nipissing First Nation has suspended netting on Lake Nipissing due to concerns about the fish stocks. For the full Nugget report see On The Water / Native Fishing.
The first newsletter of the 2014-15 season was distributed by e-mail on October 17. Newsletters were sent only to current UFRCA members (those who have paid for the current membership year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015). If you did not receive the newsletter, but should have, contact firstname.lastname@example.org right away. We may need a corrected e-mail address.
As you know, October 27 is the date of municipal elections across Ontario. Due to the efforts of the UFRCA eight years ago, West Nipissing Municipality now has a mail-in voting process. Canadian residents who own property in Bertram Township have now received (or will soon receive) their mail-in ballots. Mayor Joanne Savage has been acclaimed. There are two candidates for Ward 8 Councillor: incumbent Guy Fortier and Rodney Wolfe. There are also elections for school board trustees, and the candidates vary depending on which school board is supported by the property owner. Ballots must be mailed by October 18, 2014.
"Fortin Re-elected -
The results of the Ward 8 election in the Municipality of West Nipissing are in. Incumbent Guy Fortin has been re-elected with a comfortable margin. Mr. Fortin received 258 votes compared to challenger Rodney Wolfe’s 205 votes. There were no challengers for the Mayor's Office, with Joanne Savage, first elected in 2003, acclaimed for another term. West Nipissing, with a total population of 14,149, has 11,904 eligible voters. Voter turnout yesterday was 5,256 or 44.15% of those eligible to vote.
(Source: Association of Municipalities of Ontario Web site.)
The unorganized townships of Patterson and Hardy (south side of the Upper French) are in Parry Sound District. Cottage owners who are Canadian citizens have received a ballot to elect 2 representatives on the Parry Sound District Social Services Board. Information on candidates may be found at http://www.psdssab.org/ Click on TWOMO Election.
On October 15, we distributed an e-mail to Canadian resident property owners and provided information received from the Bertram Township Ward 8 councillor candidates.
Posted September 16, 2014
The Draft Minutes from the Annual General Meeting held on August 3, 2014, are now posted. In the members section of the web site, click on Annual Meetings. These minutes will not be finalized until they are adopted by the membership at the 2015 AGM.
Posted August 26, 2014
Posted August 15, 2014
The MNR has produced a study paper "5 Critical Facts about Walleye in Lake Nipissing". It can be seen here.
Recently, abandoned nets have been found on Lake Nipissing. An article from the Sturgeon Falls Tribune on this controversy may be seen here. The MNR is urging anyone with information about the nets to contact the MNR TIPS line at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time. Near North Crime Stoppers will be doubling the reward amount (up to a maximum of $2000) for information that will assist the MNR in identifying the owner(s) of unattended gill nets in Lake Nipissing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Near North Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or submit a tip online at www.nearnorthcrimestoppers.com or by texting ‘Nipper’ and TIP info to CRIMES (274637).
Lastly, the July, 2014, issue of Ontario Out of Doors includes an article on the MNR's proposal to eliminate the seniors' exemption from needing to purchase fishing licences and replacing the exemption, in 2016, with a "seniors discount" on conservation and sport fishing licences. See the related article from the May 29 issue of Ontario Out of Doors here.
Posted August 14, 2014
The UFRCA Annual General Meeting was held successfully at Dokis on August 3. Draft minutes of the meeting will be posted in the Members Section when they become available in the next few weeks. The Board of Directors welcomes new member Liz Gallagher while Jane Eastmure has retired from the Board. Continuing Board members include Sam Goodwin, Peter Rooney, Wendy Kennedy-Sadler, Dave Minden, Grant Hobson, Jeff Hamilton, Kaely McDermott, and Holly Waters. Positions of responsibility will be determined at the first Board meeting.
Posted August 3, 2014
The photo contest winners are posted in the Photo Gallery. Congratulations to all the winners who captured these spectacular images.
Posted July 15, 2014
The UFRCA extends its condolences to Valarie Viau and family at Dokis. Valarie's husband Richard died recently in Sudbury after a lengthy battle with cancer. See http://www.theoretbourgeois.com/book-of-memories/1904437/Viau-Richard/obituary.php for details.
Updated July 12, 2014Thank you West Nipissing firefighters who installed the 10 km/h speed limit signage at Canoe Pass on July 10, 2014. Click to enlarge photos. See full details in article below.
Posted June 17, 2014
By Sam Goodwin (Municipal Liaison Committee – UFRCA)
Posted June 11, 2014
UFRCA members John McFadgen (past Board member) and David McFadgen have co-authored and published a children's book Henry the Heron, which can be ordered through their web site http://heronhenry.com/
David McFadgen writes, "This is a true story of a great blue heron reaching out to man for help. This story happened on the French River in Ontario, Canada. The French River is still untouched and has significant wildlife on it. Every time this story is told, the listener has always become fascinated with it and hopefully you will too."
Henry the Heron will be on sale at the Annual General Meeting on August 3, and John McFadgen will be there to sign copies.
Posted June 2, 2014
Outdoor cards and fishing licences are available on-line from the MNR here.
Valarie Viau advises that Riverview no longer sells fishing licences, but besides the MNR web site, you can also pick them up at the French River Trading Post, any Canadian Tire Store, Trucheon Fuels in Sturgeon Falls, or at Chaudiere Lodge.
Posted May 23, 2014
Posted May 17, 2014
As the fishing season gets underway, please be aware of and follow the new regulations regarding Walleye and the new slot size . The new Walleye regulations take effect May 17, 2014. Note that the Bass season opens one week earlier this year on June 21 and the limit for Perch has been increased. Walleye aren't the only fish in the lake!
Posted April 15, 2014
See the right-side links for a current web cam view of Lake Nipissing, courtesy of the Greater Nipissing Stewardship Council. The web cam is located at a lakeside home on the north shore about 1.5 km east of the mouth of the Sturgeon River. The outflow of the Sturgeon is responsible for opening this portion early. In the far background, the distant shoreline on the right side of the image is Sandy Island. The darker more prominent island in the centre of the image is Iron Island, recognized by the hump on the left (west) side.
Posted July 19, 2013
UFRCA member Paul Cormier represents the UFRCA on the MNR's Lake Nipissing Fisheries Management Plan Council, and he has provided the following documents. One result of the Council's deliberations over the last several months has been the production of these new fact sheets on the significant fish species in Lake Nipissing. In addition, note the document on specific regulations for Walleye on Lake Nipissing. A comment sheet and questionnaire may be of interest to fishing lodges in the area. Paul will have copies of these documents available at the AGM.
Yellow Perch Factsheet
Whitefish and Cisco Factsheet
Northern Pike Factsheet Bass Factsheet
Lake Nipissing Walleye Data Review
Walleye Regulation Changes
Comment Sheet and Questionnaire (for Lodges, interested groups)
Posted May 20, 2013
"The Municipality of West Nipissing is pleased to be starting the preparation of a new Comprehensive Zoning By-law for the municipality. The new Zoning By-law will amalgamate and update the existing Zoning By-laws in effect in various parts of West Nipissing into one Comprehensive Zoning By-law applicable to the entire municipality. The goal of this process is to create a Zoning By-law, with new mapping and text, which will provide for consistency across the municipality and will be user friendly, easily understood and simple to use." Read more in Municipal Issues - West Nipissing News.