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.
Family Fishing Day - Fanshawe C.A.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
This event has become another TRAA tradition. Members have been helping the Fanshawe Campers Association with the Family Fishing Day for many years now.
We help the kids rig up, sort out the odd tangle, help measure and release fish; we're just there to generally show them some fishing basics.
TRAA members that have come come out to this event in past years find it both fun and rewarding.
We'll be setting things up at the Fanshawe Conservation Area's boat ramp area starting at 7:30am so everything's ready when families start showing up at 9:00am. The event wraps up at 1:00pm.
If you can only come out for a couple of hours that's OK. That way if we have members showing up mid to late morning, that'll allow us to help out in shifts.
If you have any questions please contact us.
TRAA Paddle & Fish
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 7:00AM to ???
You'll want to be a part of the 4th Annual TRAA Paddle & Fish, celebrating the fantastic canoeing and kayaking for all ages that the Thames River has to offer as well as some great multi-species fishing opportunities.
This year we'll be putting in at the Speedway Bridge just south of Komoka on County Road 16.
We'll then paddle and fish our way down to the small park in Delaware at the end of Wellington Street.
This will be one of the nicer routes we've chosen with picturesque scenery and promising angling spots along the way.
Afterwards we'll be having our post-paddle barbeque which we all look forward to after a tough day taking it easy!
There will be an email going out to the membership as a reminder and for you to respond to if you're going to participate. This is important so we can properly estimate food and drinks.
In addition, we're asking you to let everyone know if you have an extra seat in a canoe or if you have a spare watercraft. On the flip side, if you need a seat or a watercraft, once again, let everyone know you're looking. We're hoping that this can be self-coordinated.
Any other questions, please contact us.
General "Fishing" Meeting
Every year we take the summer off from General Meetings and just go fishing.
The TRAA Paddle & Fish takes care of the fishing excursion in July but what should we do for August?
It's been a while since we fished the North Thames River. That's always a good evening fish for smallmouth.
We could also break out the heavy equipment to test our mettle against bruiser carp in a more urban setting.
We'll be chatting with everyone over the next little while for members' thoughts on where and exactly when so stay tuned.
If you have suggestions, please feel free to contact us.
TRAA General Meeting
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 8:00PM
We'll be back at it and raring to go with our first General Meeting after the summer hiatus.
There's sure to be lots happening and tons to catch up on so you'll want to be sure to attend.
The venue for our General Meetings is the Western Ontario Fish & Game Protective Association's clubhouse, 790 Southdale Road, London, Ontario.
If you need know more about our General Meetings, please contact us.
"River of Evidence" Tee Shirt - Only a Few Left! Get Yours!!
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.
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 the March 9th Annual General Meeting or by Contacting Us.
Have You Really Thought About It?
The Springbank dam does not provide flood control or hydroelectric power.
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.
The 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?
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 International Co. 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.
During 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.
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.
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 Volunteer Committee Chairs