The Aurora Bassmasters of Ontario has taken on a bass tagging research project at Lake Simcoe. After tagging more than 1,400 bass, a process that was completed in 2010, volunteers are now collecting data from recaptured fish.
The data being collected include fish movements, growth rates (scales/spines have been collected for aging indications), and the effectiveness of catch and release — especially of bass that were fizzed during late fall tournaments. Thus far, of the 80 recaptures called in by anglers, more than half were previously fizzed.
The information is being provided to the Aurora Bassmasters and the local Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. The Aurora Bassmasters plans to continue an increased effort in education and awareness through signs, communication through tournament organizations, websites and with Ontario B.A.S.S. Federation Nation members throughout 2012.