Bob Izumi among other professional anglers have high praise for the bay and eastern Lake Ontario’s bass fishery. They claim that the rise in zebra mussels and the invasion of gobies have helped, not hindered the bass population.
Water clarity doesn’t work for all species, however. Tufts said the Bay of Quinte fishery, once regarded as one of the premier walleye fishing areas in eastern Canada, is losing that status. Walleye prefer less clear or murky water. When the once-heavily fished Hay Bay region’s water became clearer, the schools of walleye vacated those water haunts, going out to deeper water.
While walleye fishing success has dipped in the Bay of Quinte, the scrappy battling bass is quickly filling that void.
“When the Bay of Quinte was murky, it was the king for walleye. Now it has shifted so conditions are better for bass,” Tufts said.
Changing water temperatures also are a factor for the bass population. Dr. John Casselman, retired Ministry of National Resources scientist, has done extensive research on climate and productivity of fish species.
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