By Zaynab Kanji — Since 2014, Operation Bait Bucket has been connecting with anglers on Lake Simcoe to raise awareness about maintaining the health and safety of our lake.
It helps to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species, viruses and diseases within the watershed.
The key goal of this program is to encourage anglers to buy bait locally and to avoid dumping any leftover bait fish or bait bucket contents onto the ice or into the lake, as this causes major negative repercussions.
In the past, the OBB campaign has been promoted on Lake Simcoe through in-person interactions. This year, because of the pandemic, there was a photo contest instead.
Lake Simcoe anglers were asked to share a photo of their best catch with the hashtag #DontDumpYourBait for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Canadian Tire or Bass Pro Shops.
One of the winning entries was the photo of Aiden, above, submitted by @itsangyeo.
Source: Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program, a partnership between Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to address the increasing threats posed by invasive species in Ontario.