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Protecting Your Lake
Bitter, Burdock, Coleman, Little Redstone, Pelaw & Redstone


Protecting Your Lake
Bitter, Burdock, Coleman, Little Redstone, Pelaw & Redstone

What kind of fish are in our lakes? 


Lake Trout (Haliburton Gold), Lake Whitefish, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass. Fish, particularly Lake Trout, are in the middle of the wildlife food chain. All fish are important indicators of the health of any lake or river.

Haliburton Gold – A Glacial Relic Lake Trout unique to Redstone Lake*

What Problems do Fish Face?

We're very fortunate - we have a fairly healthy lake as compared to other bodies of water in Haliburton but challenges for the lakes eco-system do exist;

  • Loss of the natural shoreline (riparian habitat) where they lay their eggs and feed.
  • Gasoline and oil leaked into the water from boats (one drop of oil can contaminate 100 litres of water: one litre of fuel can contaminate one million litres of water!);
  • Increasing species of fish such as Rock Bass, competing with the indigenous species for food;
  • Pollution of the water, e.g. runoff (fertilizers, pesticides etc), storm water runoff, geese droppings, faulty septic tanks, human waste (swimmers etc);
  • Invasive Water Species like the Spiny Water Flea; see Invasive Water Species; (On the watch Invasive Water Species.pdf)
  • Sport fishing potentially releasing bait, over fishing or improper catch and release techniques;
  • Introduction of invasive species from other lakes due to not washing boats and over fishing;
  • Increases in water temperature caused by overall warming, loss of shoreline shade due to depletion of trees/vegetation.

Catch and Release of Lake Trout

Redstone Lake as are other lakes in the north of Haliburton are well known for Lake Trout fishing. Redstone Lake because of it's unique Haliburton Gold. This unique strain of trout is of particular concern to the MNR, the HHOA Hatchery and fishermen alike.

Haliburton Gold Trout are:

  • very small in comparison to other strains of Lake Trout on other lakes;
  • very slow growing;
  • used for stocking other lakes throughout Haliburton;
  • prone to more aggressive feeding (females particularly);
  • aggressively feeding earlier in the open season (females particularly);  
  • difficult to differentiate between male and female fish (as opposed to fat bellied females in late season).

Informal Catch and Release Fisherman Survey Spring 2013

An informal survey was conducted amongst Lake Trout fisherman by conversation in the Spring of 2013. Naturally fishing is a secretive affair, however surprisingly of the fishermen spoken with all indicated:

  • a concern with respect to catch and release;
  • that they participated in catch and release identifying the smaller size of trout, trophy fishermen looking for trophy sized fish;
  • a well developed understanding of the need for release of female trout early in the season;
  • an ability to discern between male and female fishes in late season;
  • a high degree of respect and familiarity of the local HHOA Hatchery;

For this reason we are seeking the co-operation of all fisherman to continue with their awareness for conservation and to practice catch and release of Lake Trout. For more information and in-depth reading please see Are Lake Trout Species at Risk? and Techniques for Catch and Release of Lake Trout.

What Fishing Regulations Apply?

Sport fishing in the Redstone Chain of Lakes is administered by the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources. All persons age 18 and over are required to have a fishing license. Anglers must also be aware of fishing guidelines, closures, quotas, possession limits and gear restrictions. Fishing regulations/licenses may be obtained from local sporting good stores throughout region and in the Village of Haliburton or you can go online at the Ministry of Environment website.

Informative Links

MNR Fishing Regulations (

MNR Fish Licensing Costs  ( 

Haliburton HHOA Fish Hatchery  ( 


27 November 2015

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Redstone Lake Water Level

Lake Levels

Lake levels are fluctuating. On occasion you may find floating hazards, logs etc. Additionally as the lake level lowers, rock hazards may or may not be entirely visible. As always caution is advised.

RLCA strives to make this information helpful and accurate. No representation or warranty of any kind is made regarding the information provided. As such we disclaim all liability of any kind whatsoever arising out of your use of, or inability to use, this information. Source: Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site


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