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LAKE  SCUGOG  TAGGING  PROJECT

PURPOSE & METHODOLGY:

Muskies will be caught from Lake Scugog using conventional casting and trolling techniques, commencing in the 2000 angling season, by a group  of angling volunteers, through the 2005 angling season.  The capture of muskies may be supplemented by the MNR when possible, through the use of trap or hoop nets set in the Osler Marsh by M.N.R. personnel (to coincide with annual spawning runs).  This project is funded through the CFWIP Program, and was being administered by the Kawartha Fisheries Association.

Some of the goals of this project include:

MY BACKGROUND AND INVOLVEMENT:

I was approached by the Kawartha Fisheries Association in January 2000 regarding the proposal to move forward with this project.  I was to serve in the capacity as Project Coordinator.   In this volunteer capacity, I recruited a team of 3 additional anglers, arranged for equipment and training with Dr. Mark Ridgway, and Helen Ball from the MNR Peterborough office.   Over the past 5 seasons, I have coordinated the collection and submission of data collected from the angling team, and assisted Mark with the analysis of this data.  I am currently working with Mark on a digital mapping of the data collected from this project.  I also had the opportunity to work with MNR Biologist, Stefan Romberg from the MNR Aurora office, and fisheries PHD student Mike Butler on netting studies done in the Osler Marsh.


Osler

Mike Butler (left),  Stefan Romberg (middle), and Steve Wickens (right)

TAGS    TAG & SYRINGE

    PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) Tag, Floys / T-Tag (yellow), and Injector Syringe (with a dime for scale)



INJECT

Steve Wickens injects a PIT Tag into the throat area of a muskie


  Floys Tag    SCAN

          A Floys Tag at the base of the back dorsal fin (left)           Steve Wickens scans a muskie for a PIT Tag (right)



PUBLIC ASSISTANCE:

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

PIT tags will be found either in the left cheek of the muskie, or throat area, but 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

Muskie  Tags
                                                                  PIT Tag here



IF YOU CATCH A TAGGED MUSKIE:

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:
 
Mailbox    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 (to seasons end 2004):

            NUMBER OF FISH CAUGHT TO DATE:                                                   657

            NUMBER OF FISH TAGGED TO DATE:                                                    597

             NUMBER OF MUSKIES RE-CAPTURED 2 TIMES TO DATE:                     54 *

      NUMBER OF MUSKIES RE-CAPTURED 3 TIMES TO DATE:                        5

      NUMBER OF MUSKIES RE-CAPTURED 4 TIMES TO DATE:                        1

      MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CAPTURES FOR ANY ONE FISH                          4
        * 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.  



PROJECT PARTNERS:

Special thanks to Mark Ridgway and Helen Ball at the Ontario M.N.R. for your support
and training, to the K.F.A. and Muskies Canada
for your support, to George Taylor,
Davis Battah, and Doug Strong: the "Scugog Tagging Team".



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