2017 Board Meetings:
Saturday May 13, Saturday June 24, Tuesday July 25 - Annual General Meeting, Saturday August 26
All meetings are held at the Turtle Lake Mission, The Public is invited to attend all board meetings and are encouraged to ask questions.
Two New Boat Launch Facilities on the West side of Turtle Lake - posted June 14, 2015
To take pressure off the busy hamlet boat launches on the west side of the lake, the RM of Mervin has constructed a new public boat launch utilizing the road allowance between Powm Beach and the All Seasons Resort Campground.
At All Seasons Resort a new private marina and boat launch was constructed this spring. The project was approved by the Water Security Agency and was constructed under their inspection. (see photo)
Factors affecting Fish Populations at Turtle, Brightsand and Helene Lakes - Gord Sedgewick - Fisheries Biologist, Ministry of Environment - posted August 19, 2014
At the 2014, Annual General Meeting of the Turtle Lake Watershed Inc., Gord Sedgewick, Fisheries Biologist
with the Ministry of Environment presented and discussed the history and factors affecting fish population at
at number of lakes in the region. Gord has provided some of the information from his presentation that is
specific to Turtle Lake, Brightsand Lake and Helene Lake. Just click on the lake you are interested in to view
Ethical Angling - posted August 29, 2013
Ethical angling, or rules of conduct, is a commitment to becoming a responsible angler and respecting the rights of other anglers. It begins with understanding and obeying the laws and regulations associated with Saskatchewan’s fishery. Saskatchewan has some of the best fishing in North America and it is important that we protect this valuable resource now and for the future.
· Know and obey fishing regulations which serve to protect the resource and spread the harvest among all fishermen.
· Understand the need for a personal code of unwritten laws since laws cannot cover all situations.
· Know that fish are a valuable resource and do not waste them.
· Learn techniques to handle fish to ensure their survival if released.
· Co-operate and are courteous with all resource users, including fishermen, swimmers, boaters and landowners.
· Appreciate the environment and keep it clean, leaving fishing sites in good condition.
· Ensure good fishing for future generations by limiting their total catch.
Catch and Release:
When heading out on a fishing adventure, bring along a camera to capture a photo of the prize fish before properly releasing it. If you are practicing catch and release, ensure barbs are properly pinched to reduce unnecessary harm to the fish. While many anglers may assume that practicing catch-and-release has no impact on the fish population, research has shown that fish may experience mortality after being released due to stress or injury. Even with careful handling, delayed mortality of released fish can be as high as 10 percent. When performed correctly, catch-and-release can be successful with minimal harm to the fish. The most important steps an angler can take to ensure a successful release are to leave the fish in the water while removing the hook and release the fish quickly.
· Anglers may take and possess one limit of each species of fish. For example, one angler can have both five northern pike and four walleye in his/her possession. The limit includes any fish that are eaten or given away. If an angler caught a limit of walleye and ate 2 that night for supper, he or she could then catch two the following day. Angling limits apply to all sport anglers (Saskatchewan resident, youth, senior, Canadian resident and non-resident). It is unlawful to dispose of fish offal in a body of water within 300 meters of a buoyed swimming area or public boat launch. Fish can be cleaned from a boat providing the above regulation is met. Fish may be kept alive on a stringer; however, it is unlawful to transport any live freshwater fish in Saskatchewan other than leeches, crayfish or aquatic invertebrates. Introduced fish species can seriously harm the ecological balance of established fish communities.
· Fish can be transported in fillet form providing they are packaged in such a way that they can be readily unwrapped, separated, identified, measured and counted. All dressed fish and fillets must have at least a 2.5cm (1 in.) square patch of skin with scales intact from a portion of the body other than the belly. A person who stores and/or transports fish for another must clearly identify on the package in ink, the name, address and fishing licence number of the owner and the number of fish in the package. If the anglers are seniors, their address and date of birth should be clearly marked on the package.
Ethical anglers understand the need for limits on the number of fish that someone can take. They also support the valuable role that catch and possession limits, and other angling rules play in ensuring that there will be enough fish to reproduce and maintain a healthy fishery. Unfortunately, there are those who blatantly disregard the allowable limits and other important regulations, especially when it comes to over-fishing. Anglers who are convicted of violating Saskatchewan's Fisheries Act or The Fisheries Regulations may lose their fishing privileges for up to five years.
Submitted by: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
Saskatchewan Water Security Agency announces changes to shoreline work & alterations permits requests - posted May 7, 2013
The newly formed Water Security Agency announced changes to the permitting process for shoreline work and alterations. Request for these permits must now be sent c/o Tara Schweitzer, Water Security Agency firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her by phone at 306-787-0742. The new provincial agency was created last fall in response to major changes related to the DFO and Navigable Waters legislation. The agency is comprised primarily of the previous Saskatchewan Watershed Authority and elements of the Ministry of Environment. Bev Hathaway has been invited to speak at the August 24, 2013 TLWI Board meeting and will be providing information on the roles and responsibilities of this new agency. Click here for an overview of the Water Security's services & jurisdiction.
Automated On-line Hunting, Trapping and Angling System Goes Live April 1- Ministry of Environment New Release March 28, 2013
Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff today demonstrated the new online Hunting, Trapping and Angling Licence (HAL) ordering system by purchasing his 2013-14 angling licence in Regina.
“Saskatchewan boasts some of North America’s best hunting and fishing, enjoyed by residents and guests from around the world,” Cheveldayoff said. “We’re making it easier for people to access the necessary licenses to enjoy these sports with the introduction of the online system. An online licensing system not only improves the experience for hunters and anglers who are contributing to our economy, but it allows the Ministry of Environment to better monitor and manage wildlife resources within the province and ensure excellent sport opportunities for generations to come.”
“The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) recognizes that the new automated system transition will provide valuable opportunities in research and survey collection as well as increased enforcement and compliance measures which will be of great benefit to Saskatchewan’s wildlife resources,” SWF Executive Director Darrell Crabbe said.
On April 1 at 9 a.m., all those looking to purchase an angling licence can access the automated licensing system to establish an account and be assigned a unique HAL identification number. They will only ever have to register once and then they will be able to purchase all future licences as they become available.
Anglers can purchase their angling licences:
For this year, spring bear licences and Wildlife Habitat licences must be purchased from a local licence issuer, Ministry of Environment or select Provincial Park offices. All remaining licences will be available online in time for the fall hunting season.
Detailed instructions for signing up for a HAL number and how to purchase a licence are available at www.gov.sk.ca/huntingandfishing.
For more information, contact:
Ice Fishing Shack Left in North End of Turtle Lake- posted April 28, 2013
At the April 28, 2013 TLWI Board meeting, Conservation Officer, Colleen Reddekopp reported that an ice fishing shack was still out on the ice. The owner's name and telephone number are not on the shack and Officer Reddekopp is requesting the public as to who the owner might be. If you know who owns the shack please contact Officer Reddekopp at 306-883-8501 or by email at email@example.com
Invasive Species Presentation to TLWI Board - posted September 6, 2012
At the August 25, 2012 TLWI Board Meeting, Tanya Johnston, Aquatic Ecologist with the Ministry of Environment provided a summary presentation of invasive plants and animals that could potentially threaten Turtle Lake.
Click here to view the full presentation. Invasive Species Presentation - Aug. 25, 2012.
Down stream beaver dams on Turtle Lake outlet removed - posted May 29, 2012
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