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Fishing seeing an increase in activity at Conservation Area pond

July 9, 2020   ·   0 Comments

With the warm summer weather finally here, people are heading out into the great outdoors.

However, with so many restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are limited activities people can enjoy.

The Tottenham Conservation Area is now open but there is a limit to the number of people allowed into the park.

The park has seen an increase in the number of people fishing from the banks of the pond this year as a lot of anglers just want to get out and get some fresh air while enjoying one of their favourite sports.

Many of them are long time fishing enthusiasts but there are also a lot of casual anglers who are coming out now as it is one of the few activities you can do while still practicing social distancing.

For Raffaele Figliano and Mike Cipolloni, casting their bait from the dam on the north side of the pond provided a good day of fishing on the Canada Day holiday Wednesday.

It was their first time fishing at the Conservation Area pond.

“We’ve been talking about coming here for a while and thought today was a good day for it,” Raffaele said. “We’re fishing for bass today. I’ve been fishing since I was 12 years old and never stopped. This is my thing – this and ATVing. We’ve been out here for a while and we’ll be here for a couple more hours. There’s nothing much else you can do right now. I think a lot of people are bored right now and they want to come out to fish.”

A person at the gate to the Conservation Area said she has seen an increase in the number of people coming out to fish this year with the past couple of weeks being very busy.

Many people are local to Tottenham and just walk through town to the park, but she said they have people coming from as far away as Toronto and Brampton who are trying to get out of the larger cities.

Most people are fishing for bass, but the pond also has trout, catfish, pickerel, and sunfish swimming around.

The park has a “catch and release” rule meaning you can’t take the fish home with you.

While the Conservation is open to a limited number of people, social distancing rules apply.

The OPP was patrolling on Canada Day to ensure the distancing rules were being followed.

By Brian Lockhart


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