LAKE  SCUGOG  MUSKELLUNGE  TAGGING  STUDY
 

PURPOSE:


METHODOLOGY:

Muskies will be caught from Lake Scugog using conventional casting and trolling techniques,
commencing in the 2000 angling season.  Muskies may also be caught in trap nets set in the
Osler Marsh by M.N.R. personnel (to coincide with annual spawning runs).

A P.I.T. tag, injector syringe, and a dime for scale.
 


A 42" muskie is scanned for a P.I.T. tag.
 



A 39" muskie is "injected" with a P.I.T. tag.


PUBLIC ASSISTANCE:

If you catch a muskie in Lake Scugog, please check for tags.

PIT tags will be found in the left cheek of the muskie, and can only be verified
with a special scanning wand, or by killing the fish.  (Please don't kill the fish
just to check for a tag!)

Older style M.N.R. flat plastic tags (yellow or white) may be found in the back of
larger fish in front of the dorsal fin.  These will likely be covered in a ball of algae and
weeds.  Gently clean this off, and record the tag number... but please DON'T remove the tag!

Beginning in 2001, some muskies may have a yellow Floys (also called spaghetti, garment
or "T") tag in the back portion of the dorsal fin.  These tags will have each have a unique
number... but please DON'T remove the tag!

ALSO, it is possible that some muskies could have one of each kind of tag.


                                                                                                               Old. M.N.R. Tag here    Floys Tag here

                                                PIT Tag here



Record the tag number, length and girth of fish, date, time, and location of capture.
If the muskie is kept, please return any tags (with cleithra bone if possible) to the
address shown below:
 
 

    strike.zone@sympatico.ca
 

OR

403-19 Regency Crescent, Whitby  Ontario   L1N 8M6

OR

you may leave a detailed phone message at:   905-665-0637
(Please talk slowly, and remember to leave your phone number and name)


RESULTS:

            NUMBER OF FISH CAUGHT TO DATE:                                                   498

            NUMBER OF FISH TAGGED TO DATE:                                                    458

            NUMBER OF MUSKIES RE-CAPTURED 2 TIMES TO DATE:                    32 *

         NUMBER OF MUSKIES RE-CAPTURED 3 TIMES TO DATE:                      3

 MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CAPTURES FOR ANY ONE FISH                         3
        * INCLUDES 1 muskie re-captured carrying an M.N.R. tag
 

Scale samples from 60 muskies were also submitted to the M.N.R. Genetics Program in 2000.
 

Last updated January 4, 2004


PROJECT PARTNERS:

The following partners have been involved with the planning, administration,
or provided financial assistance with this project:

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Muskies Canada Sport Fishing and
Research Inc., and The Kawartha Fisheries Association.  This project
is funded by C.F.W.I.P. (Community Fisheries & Wildlife Involvement Program)!

Special thanks to Mark Ridgway and Helen Ball at the Ontario M.N.R. for your support
and training, to Peter Lindsay (K.F.A.) and Ian Smith / Marc Thorpe (Muskies Canada)
for your support, to George Taylor, Davis Battah, and Doug Strong, the "tagging team".



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