The sun was shining along the Ganaraska River in the heart of Port Hope on Monday morning as anglers lined the riverbank with rod and reel, looking for that big catch.

Some major changes to fishing rules are coming into effect for the area, as the municipality is putting a ban on nighttime fishing.

Beginning August 15 there will be no fishing allowed between the hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The ban includes the area of the Ganaraska River from Robertson Bridge, stretching all the way up to the Molson Street Bridge.

Port Hope’s director of parks and recreation, Jim McCormack, said the ban is due to illegal fishing and complaints from individuals and business owners in the area.

“Over the years we’ve seen a substantial increase in the amount of anglers that are visiting our community to take part in the Atlantic [salmon] fishing,” McCormack said. “But that also brought a large number of anglers who were not fishing legally or ethically.”

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