Originally published by The Toronto Star, February 14th, 2018

Ben Gottfried used to have to drive for hours to find a good place to ice fish for walleye.

But this winter his favourite angling spot is only 15 minutes from his home — Hamilton Harbour.

Yes, that’s right. The body of water known across the country for pollution and excesses of carp is now gaining a reputation as a sport fishing haven with feisty, mature walleye because of tiny fingerling stocking efforts over the past several years.

“We now have a size of walleye that rivals any sport fishery in Ontario,” says Gottfried, 31, who works for a development consulting firm.

In early January, Gottfried landed his biggest walleye, weighing eight pound and reaching 28 inches long. In all, he figures he’s caught close to a dozen, varying from 15 inches upward this ice fishing season.


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