Lake Ontario walleye population grows by 100,000 in just 1 day
Fingerlings released in Lake Ontario to boost game fish population, after waters deemed healthy enough
The fish population in Lake Ontario got a big boost on Wednesday when 100,000 Walleye fingerlings were released into the water.
After two decades of work trying to restore the natural aquatic habitat, Lake Ontario is now healthy enough to sustain the important game fish, according to the government of Ontario.
"There is still a great deal of work that has to be done, but today's stocking event is a testament to the good work that's been done to date," said Tracey Mill, assistant deputy minister with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. "It's hoped that the addition of walleye fish to the community here in the Toronto waterfront will help balance the fish community."
Urban recreational fishing strategy
The government also hopes the move will attract anglers to the city's waterfront, as part of its "Fishing In Your Backyard" strategy — which pushes for responsible urban recreational fishing on Lake Ontario's northwest waterfront.
All 100,000 walleye were released Wednesday afternoon at the foot of Polson Street, at Jennifer Kateryna Koval's'kyj park.
Mill said the walleye, considered a popular game fish prized by anglers, will join northern pike and bass species in Lake Ontario.
"There's going to be thousands of new people living here before very long, but the first thing we're going to do is introduce 100,000 walleye," said Brian Denney, CEO of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), referencing the recent announcement to invest millions of dollars into developing the area.
"Now anglers do not need to travel to cottage country to access excellent fishing opportunities. They're now available right here along the Toronto waterfront," he added.
There are several dedicated fishing areas on the Toronto waterfront identified by the TRCA.