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MEMBERSHIPS
ARE DUE!

YOU GET TO BE A TRAA MEMBER FOR A WHOLE YEAR FOR ONLY $25.00DuesYour membership also adds another voice to our efforts in protecting and enhancing aquatic habitats in the London & area community.
YOU'VE TAKEN A LOT OF ENJOYMENT FROM THIS UNIQUE FISHERY. IT'S TIME TO GIVE BACK BY BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION.

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! FUNDRAISING!
Efforts are underway
to get the $$$
we need to continue many of the TRAA's most vital projects:

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Improvements to the
Trout Fry
TRAA Trout Hatchery

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Continuation of the

Salmonid Monitoring Program

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Komoka Creek
Hydrological Study

Please email us if
you'd like to take
an active role in
raising the funds
needed for these
and other important TRAA activities.


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TRAA Membership
Only $25!!!!Membership

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the TRAA

Dedication Today for Tomorrow
"For the enhancement, protection and promotion of a viable,
multi-species fishery within the Thames River watershed.

 

TRAA General Meeting
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 7:00PM

Mark ForaboscoNote that the General Meeting start time will be 7:00PM!

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Mark Forabosco, who will be giving a talk on fishing for muskellunge. Make sure you mark this one on your calendar - you don't want to miss it!
This is a fish that not many of us target even though they are showing up more and more in local sections of the Thames River; not to mention that one of the premier muskie fisheries, Lake St. Clair, is only an hour away!

What a way to kick off your spring! Guests are welcome as always.

The venue for our General Meetings is the Western Ontario Fish & Game Protective Association's clubhouse, 790 Southdale Road, London, Ontario.
Want to know more about our General Meetings? Just contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brown Trout Release
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:15AM

Carp-ConThe brown trout in the TRAA hatchery are ready to go!

Helping us out this time around will be students from Emily Carr Public School as part of the Stream of Dreams program.

Any volunteers willing to help out are asked to be there on time to get things ready.

Note that besides school staff, only those with current TRAA membership status will be able to help out. If you need to renew please do so at the April 12th General Meeting (see above).

The release site selected is part of the Medway Creek headwaters. For more information, come out to the April 12th General Meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAA "Crappie-Fest"
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 5:00PM until Dusk

CrappieThis is part of the TRAA's "Get Out & Fish" series of relaxed angling events.
A lot of folks wanted to get together to share tips, techniques and just have fun so these informal, local fishing trips will be happening one or two times a month.

The seasons for the "glamour" species like trout, bass and walleye are still closed so we thought we'd try our luck with crappie at Sharon Creek Reservoir.

While it's possible to fish from shore at various spots around the reservoir, we've found various people-powered watercraft to be most suitable for finding the schools of fish. Light gear and tiny presentations are the order of the day, although you may be ambushed by a carp!

Bring a friend; all are welcome - see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAA General Meeting
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00PM

Traverse the Thames teamWe're looking forward to welcoming filmmaker Mark Drewe, our guest speaker for this meeting. Mark produces the online, TV and social media awareness campaign about the Thames River called "Traverse the Thames".

Mark assembled a small team of inexperienced adventurers with the goal of paddling the entire 287km length of the Thames River! This was to be captured on film to create a "Traverse the Thames" TV special.

You'll want to attend because you just know it's going to be interesting and fun to hear Mark's story.

The venue for our General Meetings is the Western Ontario Fish & Game Protective Association's clubhouse, 790 Southdale Road, London, Ontario.
Want to know more about our General Meetings? Just contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAA Barbeque Fundraiser
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 11:00AM to 5:00PM

CrappiePeople were raving about the hotdogs and hamburgers being served up at last year's Barbeque Fundraiser so we thought we'd do it again with hopes that it'll be bigger and even more fun!

Again, Angling Sports has been gracious enough to allow us to set up right on their doorstep in the parking lot.

As we get closer to "go-time" there will be more details forthcoming. Please let Ryan Simard or Paul Noble know if you can help out - even if it's only for an hour or so.

All the proceeds go to benefit the TRAA and our projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 5th Annual TRAA PADDLE & FISH
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 7:00AM until Noon-ish

Paddle and FishThis is becoming a marquee event for the TRAA social calendar.

For those of you who don't know, the name says it all. We pick a different section of the Thames River to paddle watercraft (mostly canoes and kayaks) while fishing the whole way.
Then we have a barbeque and tell lies about how many fish we caught.

This year we'll be floating and casting our way from the mouth of Oxbow Creek (Old River Road) to Komoka Bridge (Komoka Road at Gideon Drive).

Come out to TRAA General Meetings, keep your eye on this web site and watch your emails for details as they develop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"River of Evidence" Tee Shirt - Only a Few Left! Get Yours!!

Black Tee

TRAA member Ray Baxter, under his own initiative, had these tee shirts designed and printed.

 

What a great way to show your support for the Thames River and the decommissioning of the Springbank dam!

These quality tee's come in either black with white print or a very visible chartreuse with black print.

 

Green Tee

The cost is only $20 each with $5 going directly to the TRAA. What a deal and what a statement both fashion-wise and environmentally!

Get yours at any General Meeting or by Contacting Us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springbank Dam
Have You Really Thought About It?

The Springbank dam does not provide flood control or hydroelectric power.
Springbank Before

This dam serves no purpose other than to back up a free flowing Thames River to a "standstill" for recreational watercraft.

When in operation, what Springbank dam does is cause significant adverse impacts to the ecology of the Thames River.

It negatively impacts the free movement and passage of fish and other aquatic species.


The Springbank dam disrupts the natural flow of water and sediment, degrading water quality.

Scientific studies have documented that the Springbank dam reservoir does not meet provincial water quality objectives for phosphorus and E. coli.
This poses a significant risk to local residents, visitors and wildlife species within and around the system.

Springbank AfterThe City of London proposes to repair the Springbank dam that has already been "refurbished" to the tune of a reported cost of over $6.8 million to local taxpayers.

Wouldn't you rather see your tax dollars going toward something that would benefit EVERYONE?

Wouldn't you like part of your generation's legacy to be a free-flowing and healthy Canadian Heritage River for all Londoners and their families?

ACT NOW!!

If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to Click Here to review and consider signing our petition to the City of London to encourage them to decommission Springbank Dam.

 

 

 

 

 

Local Businesses Step Up to Help Out the TRAA
The support of the following area business people is much appreciated

Members of the trout hatchery rotation know the woes we've had with lighting in the hatchery. Even with larger fixtures installed a few years ago, it was still frustrating on days when the mercury dipped below -15C and the fluorescent technology just teased us with its dull flicker. Enter Mike Jeffries of Guillevin Greentech in London with nice set of bright and dependable (and new!) LED fixtures. Once they were installed it was like working in well-appointed laboratory.



mumaDuring the February General Meeting the TRAA voted unanimously to re-name the TRAA trout hatchery honouring Keith Wales' memory and his unselfish support of the TRAA's work in the London area, in particular Komoka Creek. Special thanks go out to Muma Manufacturing in St. Thomas for donating the beautiful laser-cut aluminum sign.

Try
After cleaning up the area around the TRAA shed and trout hatchery, our trailer was quite full and needed to be emptied. A big 'thank you' goes out to Rick Vandersluis and Mike Seabrook of Try Recycling who allowed the TRAA to empty the trailer at their facility free of charge.

Angling Sports
Before we could take the trailer to Try Recycling, we needed to get the spare tire for the trailer fixed. Pat Devincenzo, proprietor of Angling Sports, offered to get it repaired. Turns out the tire needed replacing and Pat took care of it.
Angling Sports also supplied cards for all TRAA members that entitle them to a discount equal to the tax on anything in the store.
Thanks Pat, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

TRAA Executives

President
Rob Huber
Vice President
Jeremy Beaton
 
Secretary
Will Mulder
Treasurer
Randy Bailey
Chairperson
Paul Holmes

TRAA Volunteer Committee Chairs

Trout
Dan Schinkelshoek

Warmwater
Pud Hunter

Habitat
Jeremy Beaton
Paul Holmes
Randy Bailey
Public Relations
Rob Huber
Randy Bailey

Social
Paul Noble
Ryan Simard

Web Site
Paul Noble
  Hatchery Management  

Adam Bengen
Randy Bailey