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June 14, 2022
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There is nothing like a lazy day on a dock just casting a line and waiting for a nibble. Camrose and District Fish and Game Association Pleasure Island is the perfect place to kick back. Maintained by volunteers, this beautiful little gem of a place offers so much – fishing at a well-stocked pond, walking trails, making use of picnic areas, and enjoying the natural amphitheatre and observations sites, all in a serene natural setting.
PHOTO BY LORI LARSEN
Above: Five-year-old Remington Hutton took off his shoes, rolled up his cuffs and cast a fishing line into Pleasure Island trout pond and let time just stand still.
For more information on Pleasure Island, see inside story on page 2.
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Pleasure Island Trout Pond By Lori Larsen
By Lori Larsen
Here are a few “fishy” facts that you may or may not have known. The largest fish in the world is the whale shark,
which despite their name are part of the fish family because they are cold-blooded and breathe through gills that extract oxygen from water. The smallest fish, however, is the Paedocypris, more commonly known as the dwarf minnow, which lives in the peat swamp forests of Southeast Asia.
On May 2, 1995 the bull trout was adopted as the official fish of Alberta and is one of eight species of trout found in the province. The bull trout gets its name from its large, wide head and pronounced upper jaw, similar to that of a bull.
If you are looking for a scenic place close to home to enjoy nature walks, wildlife observation and some great fishing, the Camrose and District Fish and Game Association Pleasure Island Trout Pond is the perfect stop. Located approximately six kilometres east of Camrose on Highway 13, and one kilometre south on Range Road 195, Camrose and District Fish and Game Pleasure Island Fish Pond is a one-stop day outing for outdoor enthusiasts. This incredible little recreation spot is brought to area residents and guests by the Camrose and District Fish and Game Association volunteer members who spend hours of their own time maintaining
and upgrading the area for everyone’s enjoyment. According to Camrose and District Fish and Game Association president Glen Hand, the area has and continues to undergo additions and improvements in order to provide something for all visitors. “Of course we have the very popular trout pond, consisting of 10 different fishing stations, all of which have either benches or picnic tables, which was just recently stocked with 1,400 rainbow, brook and brown trout.” Anglers can chose from 10 different fishing spots, all of which have either benches or picnic tables, or fish off one of four floating docks or a wheelchair accessible dock. Continued on page 3
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The area is also the home of several purple martin pairs that have taken up roost in one of the bird houses that are maintained by a group of dedicated purple martin landlords. “We (Pleasure Island) will be hosting a tour on site of the purple martins during the Purple Martin Festival that is being held on June 18,” noted Hand. You may also have the opportunity to spot a variety of other wildlife in the area including: snakes, deer, moose, coyotes, gophers, butterflies, dragonflies and all sorts of birds and waterfowl, including nesting geese and ducks, that you can observe from the natural amphitheatre. Or, take a walk around one of three maintained trails, two of which can be used to let your dog run offleash.
Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Camrose and District Fish and Game Association president Glen Hand walks one of the off-leash trails complete with dog waste disposal sites.
“We have installed waste disposal stations,” said Hand, adding that users of the off-leash trails be responsible pet owners and pick up after their dogs where possible (especially on trails), keep assertive animals on leash when around other animals, be
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“We want to encourage people to use the facility year round and the trails are pretty conducive to beginners for snowshoeing, but of course can be just hiked in the winter as well.” The area also plays host to a number of educational tours and events including students from local area schools and the University of Alberta Augustana Campus and participants in Battle River Watershed Al-
liance summer camps and educational programs. Bring your picnic lunch or dinner and gather in the covered pavilion or around a picnic table while taking in all that nature has to offer. For more information on the Camrose and District Fish and Game Association or Pleasure Island Trout Pond, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook. com/camrosefishandgame association.
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Camrose Interclub 4-H Beef Show awards
Adilane Bleakley, from Bashaw 4-H, had the grand champion steer at the Camrose District Interclub 4-H steer show, June 7. Presenting the award to Adilane was Dave Vikse of Vikse Family Farm.
Addisyn Weinkauf, from Rosalind 4-H, had the reserve champion steer at the Camrose District Interclub 4-H steer show. Presenting the award to Addisyn on behalf of RBC Financial was Neil Larson.
Laci Stordahl, from Camrose 4-H, had the champion carcass steer at the Camrose District Interclub 4-H steer show in Bashaw. Presenting the award to Laci on behalf of Camlot Feeders was Neil Larson.
Luke Stang, from Rosalind 4-H, had the interclub reserve champion carcass steer. Presenting the prizes to Luke on behalf of Losness Drilling was Neil Larson at the Bashaw Agricultural Grounds on June 7.
Ryley Knull, from Armena 4-H, won the senior record book category. On behalf of P. T. Energy Services, Neil Larson presented his gift. Morgan Knull won the junior record book award from the Bashaw Agricultural Society.
Adelane Bleakley, from Bashaw 4-H, won the Cargill Animal Nutrition Rate of Gain award for having a steer that gained the most per day. Presenting the award to Adilane on behalf of Cargill Animal Nutrition was Neil Larson.
Brooke Van De Voorde, from Bashaw 4-H, was named the show’s senior champion showman. The prizes were sponsored by the CIBC bank and presented by Richard MacSween of CIBC.
Tessa Morrison, from Bashaw 4-H, was named the show’s senior reserve champion showman. The award was sponsored by Neil Larson on behalf of RBC Financial.
Troy Van De Voorde, from Bashaw 4-H, was named the show’s intermediate champion showman. Presenting awards to Troy on behalf of Drever Agencies and Alana and Kevin Squair was Neil Larson.
Ben Morrison, from Bashaw 4-H, was named the show’s intermediate reserve champion showman. Presenting a trophy to Ben on behalf of the Battle River Feeders Association was Neil Larson.
Payton Fox, from Bashaw 4-H, was named the show’s junior champion showman. Presenting awards to Payton on behalf of the Camrose Veterinary Hospital and Chandler Farm was Neil Larson on June 7.
Sophia Fietsma, from Armena 4-H, was named the show’s junior reserve champion showman. Presenting an award to Sophia was Neil Larson on behalf of Battle River Implements at the Bashaw Agricultural Grounds.
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By Murray Green The Vegreville Blue Jays are unbeaten after four games in the Powerline Baseball League. Vegreville hammered the Tofield Braves 17-0 on June 2 to take over first place. The Battle River Rivals edged the Camrose Roadrunners 8-7 in a close contest on the same date. The Vegreville Blue Jays were awarded a 7-0 win over the Armena Royals, and the Rosalind Athletics shut out the Braves 11-0 on May 31. All weekday games begin at 7 p.m. Camrose is at Rosalind, Armena at Battle River and Tofield at Vegreville are scheduled for June 14.
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Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Five-year-old Remington Hutton doesn’t have a care in the world as he heads out for a morning of fishing at the Camrose and District Fish and Game Association Pleasure Island Trout Pond.
fishing Regulations, it is unlawful to: • Use more than one line when angling into open water. • While angling, be further than 30 metres from any line in the water. • Use a line in angling equipped with more than three hooks (e.g., three hooks, or three single-hook lures, or one three-hook lure). • Use a lure in angling with more than three hooks as part of it. • Use a hook with more than three points on a common shaft • Release live fish or live fish eggs into any waters except back to the waters from which they were caught. • Possess live crayfish, live bait fish or live game fish–unless the fish have been lawfully caught by angling and are within five metres of the waters from which they were caught. • Fizz fish–it causes undue harm and reduces survival of released fish. • Use live fish for bait.
• Use amphibians, such as frogs and salamanders, as bait. • Dispose of unused bait within 50 metres of waterbodies except in a regularly serviced waste disposal receptacle. • Set out or use bait to attract fish unless it is attached to a hook used in angling. (that is chumming). • Fish by snagging, possess fish taken by snagging or possess a snagging device (such as a gaff or gaff hook) while angling. • Possess or use gaffs, gaff hooks or spring-loaded hooks (spring-loaded hooks incorporate a device that snags/traps/ holds the fish). • Use snares, firearms, or any device to attract, stun or kill fish by causing an explosion or electrical current in the water. • Use lights to sportfish unless the light is attached to a hook or line used in angling. This includes visible lights that are emitted by underwater cameras. • Clean fish for transport home in a manner that is not authorized. For complete details on the laws and regulations applicable to sportfishing in Alberta, visit the 2022 Alberta Guide to Sportfishing regulations at https:// alber taregulations.ca/ fishingregs/general-regs. html. A downloadable copy is available on this site, or copies can be obtained at local businesses that sell fishing licences, or local Fish and Wildlife Offices that are open to public. The regulations are effective from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. In order to make sure you have the most enjoyable and relaxing fishing
experience, be prepared if approached by a Fish and Wildlife Officer conducting a compliance check. “Primary checks usually involve ensuring retained fish are of legal size and within the daily limit, and retained fish are intact to determine length and species,” noted Camrose and District Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Services District Officer Lorne Rinkel.
Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Camrose and District Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Services District Officer Lorne Rinkel.
“We also enforce bait restrictions, as they are intended to reduce fish mortality, and we will ensure that people release fish without causing undue damage, and of course we check on the number of lines in use and for valid licenses.” The funds from fishing licence revenues, which in 2021 generated over $8.5 million, are distributed in part ($0.61 for each $1 of revenue collected), to the Alberta Conservation Association. For more information on how funds are used to support Fisheries programs, visit www.ab-conservation.com.
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The Armena Beef 4-H Club has had a busy few months. On March 26, we had a clipping demo at the Hay Lakes Agriplex. Members were able to bring their show animals and learn how to groom them for show day. On April 30, it was our club show. There were two heifers, nine steers, and one Cleaver calf at the show. Khiley Bellamy won Grand Champion heifer and Brynn Burkhardt won Reserve Champion heifer. Morgan Knull won Grand Champion market steer and Sophia Feitsma won Reserve Grand Champion market steer. Thanks to our judge Mark Lyseng and all our sponsors for a great day. In May, our club gave back to our community by participating in Highway Clean-up, and we oiled the pew benches at Scandia Lutheran Church in Armena. Our Camrose and District 4-H Beef Show and Sale was on June 6 and 7 at the Bashaw Agricultural Grounds.
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The farm appearing in this photograph is located in the Camrose trading area. If you recognize it as yours, come to the Camrose Booster, 4925-48 Street, Camrose. You will be presented with a free 8” x 10” colour enlargement of the photo.
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