Fish stocking season starts in Timmins tomorrow. That is when fish are raised in a hatchery and then released into lakes, rivers, and streams. The MNR is stocking around 25 lakes in town with different types of trout, including Brook and Rainbow.
Adriana Pacitto, from the MNR, says they do this for a number of different reasons.
“Some of these situations include introducing fish where they were not found originally to create a new fishing opportunity,” says Pacitto. “And recovering fisheries that are no longer capable of reproducing on their own.”
Pacitto says some of the bigger lakes being stocked in Timmins are Lizard and Little Lake, which are getting Rainbow Trout. There are different factors that go into deciding which lakes will get stocked.
“When we decide which lakes to stock, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry considers factors such as the type of fish that are being stocked, the habitat available, the size of the waterbody, and the ecology of the specific waterbody,” explains Pacitto.