Update on NYS DEC’s Walleye Movement Study

Update on NYS DEC’s Walleye Movement Study

In 2015 the NYS DEC Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit began a five year study that will use acoustic telemetry to describe the movement of walleye in Lake Erie. The main goal of this research is to determine the migration timing and contribution of western basin walleye to our New York walleye fishery. In addition, we are interested in learning how the movement of our local walleye populations contributes to walleye fisheries in
other parts of Lake Erie.

In spring 2015 the Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit staff surgically implanted 70 acoustic tags in walleye captured on the Van Buren Bay spawning shoal. Fourteen of the 70 tags were returned to us by anglers who each received a $100 dollar reward. Tags were returned from NY, PA, OH, and ON. The figure below shows the locations at which each acoustic tagged fish were caught. If you capture an acoustic tagged walleye please give us a call or stop by the Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit in Dunkirk.

NYS DEC Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit
Telephone: 716-366-0228
178 Point Drive North, Dunkirk, NY 14048


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