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25. a) Walleye. According to the latest Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada, anglers caught close to 45 million walleye in 2010, representing 23 per cent of the total catch. Trout (20 per cent), yellow perch (15 per cent), bass (14 per cent) and pike (11 per cent) were the other most popular species.
26. b) Lake trout. Lakers are Canada’s freshwater Methuselahs, capable of living well into their 50s and 60s, and possibly even their 70s and 80s in the Far North. Salmon have the shortest lifespans, typically just four to five years, depending on the species. Walleye and bass can live into their early 20s, while the maximum age for muskies is around 34.
27. a) Carp. Fish have very primitive brains and don’t think as we humans do, but they react to natural stimuli and avoid situations that might cause them harm. The results of several studies show that carp have superior and marvellously adapted senses of smell, taste and touch, followed closely by catfish.
28. a) Insect repellent. Fish rely heavily on smell and taste to determine whether something is edible, so anglers must ensure they don’t contaminate their baits and lures with negative odours. To fish, the most abhorrent odour is DEET, the active ingredient in most insect repellents.
29. a) One pound. Amazingly, that five-year-old Canadian smallmouth will weigh just one pound and measure 12 inches in length. And unlike its five-year-old American counterpart, which will have spawned multiple times, the Canadian bass will have yet to reach sexual maturity.
30. c) More than $5 billion.Canadians spent $5.8 billion on boats, motors, camping gear, special vehicles, real estate and other durable goods related to their recreational fishing activities. They spent another $2.5 billion on transportation, food, lodging and fishing supplies.