Long Lake #58 First Nation in partnership with the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre (A/OFRC) has successfully completed two Lake Sturgeon Assessments on the Kenogami River system. The assessments were completed on Chipman Lake and O'Gahala Lake and consisted of setting multiple gill nets of both large and extra-large mesh. All sport fish species captured were biologically sampled and released when possible. This project was initiated on October 15and ran until October 23, 2014.
A total of 47 gill nets were set in Chipman Lake from October 15th – October 19th, capturing 327 fish from 10 different species. The most abundant species captured include: Lake Herring (104), Walleye (77) and Burbot (37). A total of three Lake Sturgeon were captured, tagged and released. The largest Lake Sturgeon captured in Chipman Lake weighted approximately 18025 g or 39.7 lbs. Water temperatures in Chipman Lake ranged from 7° - 12°C while air temperatures fluctuated from 0° - 16° C.
A total of 37 gill nets were set in O’Gahalla Lake from October 21 – October 22. 195 fish were caught representing 10 different species. The most abundant species captured include: Walleye (70), Northern Pike (37) and White Sucker (26). Catch composition differ from that of Chipman Lake due to O’Gahalla’s smaller size and shallow waters. A total of 12 Lake Sturgeon were captured, tagged and released. The largest Lake Sturgeon captured in O’Gahalla Lake weighed approximately 20025 g or 44.1 lbs. Water temperatures in O’Gahalla Lake ranged from 6° - 7.5°C while air temperatures fluctuated from 2° - 11° C.
The information obtained from this study will be processed and analyzed in the fall to assess the Lake Sturgeon population dynamics of Chipman and Ogahala Lakes within the traditional areas of Long Lake #58 First Nation. Factors such as abundance, health/condition and growth will be assessed to fill gaps in data for the Southern Hudson Bay and James Bay Lake Sturgeon populations. This preliminary study will also be used to develop and undertake additional Lake Sturgeon studies in the near future for Long Lake #58 First Nation.
A full technical report will be completed by February 2015. For more information about this project contact: Curtis Avery, Fisheries Technician via email: email@example.com.