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Where did all the fish go?

As our fish numbers decline, we need to ask what’s happening below the surface of our cottage lakes

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Stephen Patterson, aged seven, displays his big catch on Rice Lake, Ont., in 1956.
PHOTO COURTESY JAMES PATTERSON

Stephen Patterson can remember every delicious detail of the summer day at the cottage in 1956 when he turned seven.

It was pitch black when he got up, that witching hour between night and dawn. He crept to the well near the family cottage on the north shore of Rice Lake, south of Peterborough, Ont., plunged his hand into its cold depths, and pulled out the wriggling mass of worms he’d stashed on the ledge there in a lidded paper container the night before.

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About Cottage Life

Cottage Life’s Fall issue brings you the magic of the season. Kick your campfire up a notch with desserts that are delicious and pure fun. Get inspired by the story of a family whose three generations pitch in to add on to their retreat—gaining hands-on skills and a love of the cottage along the way. Discover the secrets to better sleep at the lake. Build a fold-up workbench, and get the lowdown on Tesla solar roof tiles, two handy jacks, and six small problem-solving gadgets for your workshop. Choose the best water-filtration system for your family (so you can stop hauling water to the cottage!). And when it’s finally time to close up for the season, we’ve got 17 smarter ways to put your boats, docks, plumbing, and more to bed—with a lot less stress. Plus, as fish numbers drop, we asked the experts what’s going on below the surface of our lakes. Chock full of advice and inspiration, this issue offers the best of fall at the cottage.
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