WELLAND, Ont. (April 20, 2018) –Join the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) on Saturday, April 28 at St. Johns Conservation Area in Fonthill, for its annual opening of trout season. Guest are welcome to come and enjoy a beautiful spring day with family and friends at this popular community event.
“St. Johns is a beautiful area to hike, fish, and explore the natural environment,” says Renée Bisson, Community Engagement Manager at NPCA. “In addition to fishing, the site features wheelchair accessible facilities and an abundance of natural beauty and scenic trails for all to enjoy.”
In keeping with tradition, the ceremonial first cast by Mickey DiFruscio, and local dignitaries will take place at Noon. One lucky angler will have the opportunity to catch a special tagged fish for a prize of $25. The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation (NPCF) will hold a 50/50 cash draw at $10 per ticket, with proceeds raised going to conservation projects, such as improvement of water quality, increasing our green spaces, wetland and habitat restoration, and environmental research and education.
The Niagara Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) will once again join the NPCA to demonstrate fly casting and fly tying. This group of volunteers works alongside various partners to preserve and restore Twelve Mile Creek, which at one time was home to native Brook Trout. Encroaching development, erosion, and warming of the stream have reduced these fish to a few isolated pockets and TUC works to improve the habitat so they can once again thrive in the Twelve.
“We are excited to continue bringing this event to our community year after year, since 1964,” adds Mark Brickell, NPCA CAO. “We see how much our community values this property and are working hard to ensure the rest of the world knows it is there to enjoy. St. Johns Conservation Area is a great place for young anglers to practice fishing, and since our pond is stocked with active fish each year, everyone is sure to lure a catch.”
Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and event goes until 2 p.m. There is a voluntary admission fee of $2 per person or $5 per family, with proceeds going towards continued conservation efforts. The day will feature free face painting, recreational fishing, informational booths, and BBQ food for sale by RJ’s Rolling Cookhouse.
St. Johns Conservation Area is located at 3101 Barron Road in Fonthill. A valid Fishing License is required, and conservation limits will apply. Please check the Ontario Fishing Regulations at www.ontario.ca for information. Anglers are asked to kindly refrain from using live bait, and artificial lures are recommended to reduce the introduction of pollutants into the pond’s ecosystem.
The NPCA manages the impact of human activities, urban growth, and rural activities on the watershed, with programs that focus on initiatives that help keep people and their property safe from flooding and erosion— while striving to help ensure that our drinking water is safe to drink.
The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is a registered charitable organization.
Questions related to the above release should be directed to:
Erika Navarro, Communications Specialist