COVID Strikes Again: Access Denied to Major Salmon River

The town of Port Hope has taken its second huge fishing-related step to ensure its residents’ safety. To limit group gatherings during the ongoing pandemic, there will be a temporary closure of all lands under the ownership of the Municipality (including parks) that border the Ganaraska River. Readers may recall that there was a similar closure to the access of Ontario’s main Steelhead tributaries in the spring of 2020. These areas will again be closed in advance of the fall Salmon run. 

Remember, it is not just about the local anglers possibly transmitting the disease, but it is the out-of-towners that could very well bring in cases of COVID-19 and infect locals in stores, gas stations, etc.

Although the number of anglers that participate annually in the fall Salmon fishery on the Ganaraska River pales in comparison to the opening day Steelhead event, there is still enough participation to bring a well-anticipated economic boost to Port Hope. 

If you want to hear more about this, join us Friday, September 4th at noon for our live webcast. We will have a special guest, Jim McCormack, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Culture for the Municipality of Port Hope. If you have a question, here’s your chance to have it addressed.

For more info, go to the Port Hope web site.

3 Replies to “COVID Strikes Again: Access Denied to Major Salmon River”

  1. I have been to Port Hope every year for Spring opener and the Fall Salmon run since 1987. Our good friends live across the street from the old file factory which was very handy. I know it sucks but I can understand the towns decision, sometimes I am appalled at some fishermans behaviour. Usually the fall is the worst they do not treat the fish with respect nor their surroundings. The majority are good but the odd few just don’t care. They have changed some of the rules like NO fishing after dark. Well hopefully next year will be good. Thanks for listening. Mike.

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