Canada: Industry outlook bleak as stay-at-home order bites
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Angling International’s Canadian correspondent describes the current industry outlook as ‘bleak’ with few tackle stores open and those that are only taking phone orders and offering curbside pick-up.
Italo Labignan adds that this includes Canadian Tire, the retail chain giant that accounts for over 50% of the country’s tackle sales.
“Manufacturing has also ground to a halt with only essential manufacturing allowed during the stay-at-home order. We are also seeing casualties in the fishing lodge sector with some being forced to sell or being taken over by financial institutions. There is also no charter fishing or guiding.”
In Ontario, the Victoria Day long weekend is normally a time when people open their cottages for the season. Labignan said: “The travel restrictions and boat ramp closures have caused a huge uproar in the most popular Muskoka and Kawartha chain of lakes where cottage owners are threatening to withhold their taxes unless they are allowed to open.
“The trout and walleye season is now open, but once again restrictions are really limiting anglers’ ability to fish.”