Walleye Survey Starting in Lake Nipissing
Information Gathered Will Help Assess Fish Population
Ontario will be conducting a walleye survey in Lake Nipissing starting today.
This annual project, now in its 17th year, will collect important information about walleye stocks, which will contribute to the management of the species.
Nets will be used to capture walleye and will remain in the water overnight. Nets will be identified with white buoys at both ends labelled OMNRF. Boaters should avoid travelling between these buoys.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry staff will be collecting information such as length and weight of fish, and removing a small section of fin for genetic analysis. The data collected from this and other research provides information, such as abundance and age, to guide walleye management on the lake.
- As one of the top five inland lakes fished in Ontario, Lake Nipissing is managed separately from the rest of Fisheries Management Zone 11, with special limits and seasons for walleye.
- Few fisheries of inland lakes have been studied as long or as intensively as the Lake Nipissing walleye fishery.
- The walleye population in Lake Nipissing is in serious decline with the current population dominated by young fish.
- It is an offence under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to interfere with or tamper with gillnets set for commercial or scientific use.