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Grumpa
Posted: Apr 11, 2020 - 03:11 pm


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QUOTE (Fish_Finder @ Apr 11, 2020 - 11:42 am)
stick to fishing boys.

More relevant to this board is whether or not the powers that be will close the public boat launches or ban fishing from shore.....

Already happening Fish_Finder

https://nipissingtownship.com/public-notice...c-docks-closed/

This is causing significant displeasure and much heated discussion in southern Ontario where the lakes have been ice free for awhile now and fishermen have been able get out on the water already.
The board admin has the expanded interpretation under it's Covid-19 banner announcement above.

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Posted: Apr 11, 2020 - 04:13 pm


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Yes, thanks Grumpa..

There is also a COVID-19 Informative thread with announcements from OFAH & MNRF here:

https://www.lakesimcoeoutdoors.com/forums/i...showtopic=42881

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Neil
Posted: Apr 11, 2020 - 05:04 pm


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QUOTE (Grumpa @ Apr 11, 2020 - 03:11 pm)
QUOTE (Fish_Finder @ Apr 11, 2020 - 11:42 am)
stick to fishing boys.

More relevant to this board is whether or not the powers that be will close the public boat launches or ban fishing from shore.....

Already happening Fish_Finder

https://nipissingtownship.com/public-notice...c-docks-closed/

This is causing significant displeasure and much heated discussion in southern Ontario where the lakes have been ice free for awhile now and fishermen have been able get out on the water already.
The board admin has the expanded interpretation under it's Covid-19 banner announcement above.

Grumpa,

Nice to see a post from you. I was hoping everything was alright. You always post well thought out and informative posts and I look forward to learning things.
Hope the docks do well this year.
My old crib has already been pushed around by the moving ice in south bay.
The winds can stay calm for a while.

Neil

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Grumpa
Posted: Apr 11, 2020 - 08:25 pm


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Everything's good here Neil.
Looking forward to the coming open water fishing season...cross our fingers at least.
Hope things are good with you as well...and your crib(s) hold up. Both my neighbors to the west lost theirs last year.
Seems like a long winter with everything going on.
I looked at photos from this same weekend last year and compared them to the snow load, ice and water levels this year.
The water level 'appears' lower this year...thank god. I'm not eager to go through the flood of last year again. Snow on the south shore is virtually gone. Last years photos showed 2/3 ft or more snow still in places. Our bay is losing most of its ice now.
I'm curious what you and others around the lake are thinking about the water levels so far this year? Seeing the same?
I don't believe we'll have the same volume of melt coming into the lake basin in April and May this year. Rainfall will ultimately have something to do with it as well.
I'm hoping the expected high winds accompanying this intense low pressure system approaching later this weekend, doesn't cause some shoreline ice issues. The isobars with this approaching system look really tight...the predicted winds will be strong.



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Posted: Apr 11, 2020 - 10:43 pm


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HAPPY EASTER my friends up north enjoy your day and stay safe.

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Posted: Apr 13, 2020 - 03:12 pm


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The north is staying in and staying in the north. Taking this seriously but seriously the fish are gonna get a break this spring and early summer if launch ramps stay closed and crown land camping is a non starter. Everyone be smart and be safe. It is only recreation, however serious you take your recreation.

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Posted: May 04, 2020 - 10:15 pm


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As time grinds on and the days blend seamlessly into one another are there any reliable rumours that local outfitters are starting to get ready for the upcoming season ?

I know we are going to take this is steps as we get reopen our lives again but the next step in the Provinces 3 phase plan to move ahead is relaxing the number of people who can gather in one spot from 5 to something bigger. Anything close to 50 people being able to be in camp would be a green light for outfitters to at least partially open up ....

If you see or hear of anything on the preparation to open up or the general mood in the area....please post as we are starved for positive news on this front....

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Posted: May 05, 2020 - 04:04 pm


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Last I heard was the anouncement that marinas were given the green light to prep for the upcoming season. No dates were announced. I dunno if operators/lodges are included but there was something on the radio this morning about small business being told to get ready. Again.. no dates.

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Posted: May 05, 2020 - 05:48 pm


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We are looking forward to our annual trip for a couple of weeks in late July,early August to Nip but only if we are not at risk or are a risk.We would have trouble enjoying ourselves if the risk factors are present. Cottages get a lot of traffic and would certainly have to be cleaned with a fine tooth comb more so than normal.We would hate to miss out on Lake Nipissing but are all for the greater good. We are watching with great interest the next few weeks hoping all virus numbers go down (cases and deaths) and as Mr Ford says “we are continuing to flattening the curve” .Fingers crossed. Stay healthy everyone.All the best.

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Posted: May 05, 2020 - 08:47 pm


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It's not just the added complications of re-opening a business, but travel.

The north has been less severe than other places. Sudbury hovers around 60 cases, North Bay even less. Our first case was from a gentleman who attended a mining conference in Toronto and then brought it back with him. We saw a steady increase from then on. An influx of people driving in from down south and elsewhere could open a big can of worms.

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Posted: May 07, 2020 - 03:50 pm


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QUOTE (Northhunter @ May 05, 2020 - 09:47 pm)
It's not just the added complications of re-opening a business, but travel.

The north has been less severe than other places. Sudbury hovers around 60 cases, North Bay even less. Our first case was from a gentleman who attended a mining conference in Toronto and then brought it back with him. We saw a steady increase from then on. An influx of people driving in from down south and elsewhere could open a big can of worms.

Its highly likely that lodges and outfitters will see less than 10% of their business that normally comes from their US customers driving up and across the border into the region this year. In some instances it may be zero. Thats a significant impact for most businesses.

With very limited US business coming to town Lodges and other outdoor recreational business will be dependent on their Canadian based customers making the trip to NE Ontario in order for their companies to stay solvent.

The province seems to be on track to lift a lot of restrictions in the coming couple weeks with the less populated areas of the province (not Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton) being able to go first.

Most folks who have been holed up for close to two months now are ready to do the things that make life worth living. A day on the water. Drinks with family or friends on the porch or on the deck after the boats are docked and the fish cleaned and dinner is decided upon.

That's a can of worms worth opening today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year and into the next decade. I am happy to come to the area. Hope you are happy to say hello when I get there.

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Posted: May 07, 2020 - 05:40 pm


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I hope we learn from this experience and realize that setting the same restrictions for the entire province the size of Ontario, is just plain stupid. I understand we are being overly cautious since this is all new, that's why I said I hope we learn. Ps. Enjoy your winter storm tonight northerners.

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Posted: May 07, 2020 - 09:49 pm


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It spread over the entire planet. As of today not 1 country does not have the virus

Sure you can open the north, but travellers will come and we will start it again

We still need social distancing and more testing and contact tracing before we can open it up


It's tough, we are all feeling it one way or another, but I believe the correct approach is baby steps right now.


We are seeing declines. Hopefully it will continue to ease and restrictions come off

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Posted: May 08, 2020 - 07:14 am


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In the future when this happens again perhaps travel restrictions could be put in place. I just believe locals should be fine using their local amenities. At any rate things half to open up at some point, anyone who still feels at risk doesn't have to participate. Take away major centers and old age homes and you really don't have much of a pandemic.

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Posted: May 08, 2020 - 06:54 pm


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Sudbury has had no new cases since May 2nd. 3 weeks ago a co-worker had a scare and got tested (came back negative). They tested 145 other people that weekend alone. The city buckled down and thankfully it didn't balloon. I know people with health conditions who feel they dodged a bullet.
This thing spread worldwide through travel. Opening up the flood gates too soon would potentially set us back 2 months. Is that worth it? They are still learning about this thing.This is not a time to be selfish. That doesn't mean don't hunt, fish or do things that you value or feel contribute to your quality of life. But you can do those things smart and limit risk of transmission. Piling a bunch of friends into a couple vehicles to travel out of town for a week and spend it in a place and manner that would not limit the risk to others who maybe don't feel the same as you might not be the best course of action right now.
They are trying things elsewhere. Opening beaches, movie theatres, etc. So far it has not gone well. Either because it was too soon or it wasn't respected by the general public. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

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