by Michael Erskine, Manitoulin Expositor

ONTARIO – The province is proposing a series of changes for Ontario anglers using live or dead baitfish or leeches that could have a significant impact on the sport fishery.

The changes largely involve the use, movement and harvest of bait and are aimed squarely at minimizing the spread of diseases like viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS).

Freshwater fish suffering from VHS were first detected in the Great Lakes in Lake Ontario in 2005. Such fish may exhibit any or all of the following symptoms: bulging eyes, pale gills, signs of bleeding around the eyes, bases of the fins, sides and

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