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Worm shortage in Ontario increases cost of the fish bait

With spring arriving late this year – Canada is now experiencing a shortage of worms.

Suppliers and wholesalers in Canada are saying its the worst worm shortage the industry has seen in more than 25 years.

Its now mid July which means the fishing season is well underway and people who enjoy the summer activity are finding it more expensive this year.

Ryan Edenborough with Natural Sports, The Fishing Store in Kitchener tells 570 news people are paying $5.00 to $6.00 for a dozen worms in northern Ontario.

“The ground is not as moist in Northern Ontario for worms to grow. Most of the farming is done down here and there is lots of demand for worms in the north with the summer fishing season.”

Edenbourough says they are still keeping their prices at $3.00 after tax per dozen for the time being.

Pat Kirby is the owner of Tall Tales Bait and Tackle in Preston says he has not noticed a shortage but the price has certainly gone up.

“I think its all weather related, everybody thinks its too dry, it could too wet or too cool at night. Those cool temperatures will keep those worms in the ground.”

Kirby says its also possible that suppliers want to make more money.

“Its a commodity like gasoline, coffee and cigarettes. In the 17 years that I’ve been here the price of worms really hasn’t gone up a whole lot.”