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Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) rehabilitation in Lake Ontario, 2021

January 1, 2022

Each year we report on the progress toward rehabilitation of the Lake Ontario lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) population, including the results of stocking, annual assessment surveys, creel surveys, and evidence of natural reproduction observed from standard surveys performed by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The catch per unit effort (CPUE) of adult lake trout in gill nets increased each year from 2008-2014, recovering from historic lows recorded during 2005-2007. Adult abundances declined each year from 2015 to 2017; and in 2017 were about 35% below the 2014 peak and 17% below the 1999-2004 mean. Adult abundance increased in 2018 by 51% over the 2017 value and remained nearly stable between 2018 and 2021. The 2020 rate of wounding by sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) on lake trout caught in gill nets was 1.68 A1 wounds (fresh wound) per 100 lake trout and was near target (2 wounds per 100 lake trout). Condition values for adult lake trout, indexed in September from the predicted weight for a 700 mm lake trout from annual length-weight regressions and Fulton’s K for age-6 males, were among the highest levels observed for the 1983-2021 time series. Reproductive potential for the adult stock indexed from the CPUE of mature females ≥ 4000 g was again above the target in 2021 continuing a trend observed in ten of the last eleven years. The 2021 catch of young wild lake trout marked the 27th observation in the last 28 years, however only two sites off the mouth of the Niagara River were surveyed.

Publication Year 2022
Title Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) rehabilitation in Lake Ontario, 2021
Authors Brian F. Lantry, Brian C. Weidel, Scott P. Minihkeim, Michael Connerton, Jessica A Goretzke, Dimitry Gorsky, Christopher Osborne
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype State or Local Government Series
Series Title NYSDEC Lake Ontario Annual Report
Index ID 70240640
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Great Lakes Science Center