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Volunteers needed to help at Bowmanville Fish Lift

23 September 2013 - 05:51 PM

As many of you know, the fishway is closed and the new ladder not built on Bowmanville Creek (yes it's crazy). Volunteers are lifting salmon and trout over by hand. Volunteers are needed every day!

They have lifted roughly 4,100 fish so far.

If you guys are looking to help out with your fishery they could sure use some assistance lifting the fish over the dam. Contact Dave to volunteer.  Dave Lawson  905-985-1407 








MNR needs help collecting chinook eggs on the Credit River

23 September 2013 - 05:50 PM

MNR hatchery staff are looking for volunteers to help collect Chinook salmon eggs from the Credit River in Streetsville for the MNR hatchery. Volunteer dates are:

October 1st to 4th, 2013
October 7th to 10th, 2013
Time: 9 AM to roughly 1 PM each day.
You must be on the volunteer list to gain access to the collection site. The site is also peanut free!

If you can volunteer for one or may days please contact John Sager from MNR (info below). Let him know the date(s) you can help and names of all volunteers with you (i.e. your buddies).

Access to the collection site is on Kraft (Mondelez) property so you must pass through their security office. John will send details to volunteers.

CRAA has provided volunteers for this project since 1990 so come out and give a hand.

Chest waders (rubber or neoprene) are suggested. MNR may have extras. No breathable waders.

John Sager, Chatsworth Fish Culture Station
email: john.sager@ontario.ca
cell: 519 378-8034 






CRAA Tree Planting - May 18th - Your Help is Needed

13 May 2013 - 10:18 AM

Hi all,


CRAA is hosting our last tree planting this Saturday, May 18th in Mississauga. 


We need lots of volunteers so now that trout opener is winding down I hope anglers can come out and join us for a morning to help improve the habitat for our trout and salmon.


The planting location is Creditview Road bridge at the Credit River, 500m north of Britannia Road, Mississauga.  9 am to noon.  Bring a shovel if you can.


This is a great event for kids and families too.


Hope to see you there.







CRAA Volunteer Events for Spring 2013

13 April 2013 - 11:05 AM

April 1 to April 26th – Norval fish lift and adult steelhead transfer (this is ongoing now)


April 21 – Glen Williams Tree Planting (Hancock Farm and Nursery work – 10th Line and Old School Road) (9 AM start)




May 4 – CRAA Steelhead C&R Tournament (rain date May 11th) (5:30 AM start, finish at noon with lunch to follow).  Must sign up in advance.  See post below.


May 18– Final Tree Planting event – Mississauga – Creditview Road, east side, north of Britannia Road, south of 401. (9 AM start)




June 8 Hatchery workday (tentative) (9 AM start)


July 20 – Tree Maintenance Day – Mississauga (Streetsville Memorial Park start) (9 AM start)


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CRAA's 10th Annual Steelhead Tournament - May 4th

07 April 2013 - 11:38 AM

10th annual CRAA Steelhead Tournament

May 4th , 2013 (rain day May 11th)

Pro-Am Style


Top three longest fish win prizes!


Dozens of draw prizes!


In 2004 CRAA held its first Spring Steelhead derby. We had a handful of participants and some prizes that were donated and we were able to raise a few hundred dollars for the club. The tournament has been run annually ever since as a fund raiser and fun event for members. In 2009 and 2010, CRAA expanded the tournament and has been able to raise over $2000 each year.  Sponsors for this year’s tournament include:

 Islander Precision Reels, Kingpin, Smokin Jigs, Raven, Redwing Tackle, Angling Specialties, Dickies, Centrepin Angling, OOD, CRAA, a guided drift boat trip and a guided walk and wade fly fishing day trip and lots of other prizes.


Date:                      May 4th, 2013 (May 11th rain date)

Meeting Place:    Churchville Park (Steeles Ave and Creditview)

Cost:                      $25.00 per angler (paid in advance and you must register by April 29th)


To pay your entry either mail a cheque payable to CRAA, PO Box 42093, 128 Queen Street South, Miss, ON   L5M 1K8 or pay via CRAA’s PayPal account at:   http://craa.on.ca/to...egistration.htm

Most importantly, the money generated by this event goes directly back into the watershed through tree plantings, hatchery maintenance and upgrades, and fish transferring. These and many other projects that CRAA undertakes are important to ensure a healthy fishery and well balanced ecosystem.

Please Contact Joseph Ward jward@cercocable.com or Peter Cudzilo chromezilo@gmail.com to sign up.  Please include whether you are a "pro" or “amateur” and if you have a digital camera to bring.


You must pay in advance for the tournament.  You can pay through CRAA’s PayPal account or by mailing a cheque with your full name, address, e-mail, cell phone and if you are a ‘pro’ or ‘am’ and if you have a digital camera.


Entry Fee is $25.00 each.  All proceeds go towards CRAA’s conservation budget and prizes.  The event runs from 6:00 AM until noon.  Meet at the Churchville Park parking lot at 5:30 am sharp for team set ups, instructions and more. https://maps.google....&gl=CA&hl=en_uk


CRAA Steelhead Tournament 2013


The format of the tournament is a catch and release style event where anglers catch steelhead, measure them, photograph them and then release them back to the river. At the end of the day, the three longest fish (tip to tail) will win prizes.  First place for the largest fish is a full day guided pontoon trip on a local river! One popular aspect of the event is its set up in a fashion where experienced anglers are paired with inexperienced anglers so it allows for everyone that enters to have a fair and equal shot at winning the tournament. If you are new to fishing, new to the Credit River or just want to learn about Steelhead, then this is a great opportunity for you to get a guided day on the river from an experienced angler and a chance to win great prizes. Not only that, but you can meet some really great people who care about the river and find out how you can help.  Teams of two (one experienced and one amateur) will be randomly selected prior to the event.  CRAA event tape measures will be handed out for the event.


CRAA Tournament Rules (2013):


  1. Must follow the rules of the Ontario Fishing Regulations
  2. Tournament begins at 6:00 AM and ends at 12:00 PM (noon) on May 4th, 2013 at Churchville Park. Meet in parking lot at 5:30 AM
  3. Every minute after 12:00 pm (noon) is a one (1) inch penalty
  4. Teams of 2 or 3 depending on number of entries consisting of one or two experienced anglers and one or two inexperienced anglers
  5. $25 entrance fee per angler
  6.  Participants can only fish the main stem of the Credit River from south of the Norval Dam to Lake Ontario. No fishing in any tributaries is permitted
  7. Every participant (or team) must have a digital camera
  8. All fish must be measured with a CRAA TOURNAMENT tape measure that must be laid straight and tight from the fork of the tail to the front of the mouth.
  9. Absolutely no trespassing on posted private property or accessing the river through privately owned posted lands. (only water open to everyone is open for the tournament)
  10. If any participant is caught cheating, him/her and all team members will be disqualified from all prizes and entry into subsequent tournaments
  11. Catch and release only, all fish must be released
  12. If there is a tie, coin toss to determine winner
  13. All tournament entry fees to be given by cash, PayPal or cheque made out to ‘Credit River Anglers Association’
  14. 20” minimum length for fish to count
  15. Only steelhead (Rainbow Trout) may be measured and entered into the tournament per team
  16. All proceeds will go towards a combination of prizes and conservation work
  17. Participants CANNOT use a canoe/kayak/float tube or any other floating devise to navigate the river and fish.


Remember that this is a fun tournament, and all money collected goes towards the event, the prizes and the club.


CRAA Tournament organizers


Joe Ward

Justin Elia

Peter Cudzilo