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Image of a man holding a French River Bowfin in Ontario Canada.

3 Important Ancient Fish of Ontario: Bowfin, Gar, and Sturgeon

Do you love history, particularly living history? Imagine yourself swimming with living dinosaurs, or perhaps even holding one. While this may not be Jurassic Park, in Ontario you can get close to that experience by encountering some of the oldest living fish still swimming on Earth: Bowfin, Gar, and Sturgeon. These three fish species have …

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Image of a sexual mature male sea lamprey. The adults' skin colours change like salmon with the male lamprey developing a "rope-ridge" across their back.

Sea Lamprey: A Parasitic Pest in the French River and Beyond

Sea lampreys are vampiric invasive species that have caused significant damage to the native fish populations in the Great Lakes. The French River in Northeastern Ontario is one of the many waterways they have invaded. While sea lampreys are monitored and population controlled by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Fisheries and …

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Differences Between Massasauga Rattlesnake vs Northern Watersnake

Vacant and cold reptilian eyes with reflexes that can lunge themselves half a foot in 70 milliseconds. Snakes have captured our thoughts, imaginations and even stories since their first appearance approximately 128 million years ago.  Whatever your thoughts are, they are fascinating creatures. They come in many appearances and varieties of venomous and nonvenomous species. …

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Fall Fishing: French River Musky

One of the best times to fish for French River Musky is in the fall season (from late-August to October). The cooler autumn days change a Musky’s behaviour. They go from territorial couch potatoes snatching up easy prey to nomadic hunters as they move from structure to structure with the shortening daylight cycle. Musky Fall …

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French River Produces a Musky a Day

Returning to the French River Bill and Nancy Hamblin talk to the lodge owners, Art & Brenda Barefoot, before the hunt for the elusive French River Muskie. The weather conditions for the day were spotty with high winds and choppy waters but no musky can be caught without putting effort into it. In their search …

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