Provincial fisheries crews will be out on Ontario’s lakes this summer, monitoring lake health and fish populations as well as checking for invasive species.
If you’re on a lake that is being monitored and see Ministry of Natural Resources buoys, please don’t lift the nets or buoys, and avoid recreational activities between and around the buoys.
All nets will be clearly marked.
Information gathered through the surveys will be used to help make decisions about managing fisheries, including setting seasons and size limits for anglers.
These lake surveys are part of a five-year cycle to collect information for fisheries management.
Over five years, the MNR will monitor roughly 1,000 lakes across Ontario.
Crews will conduct netting surveys in 132 lakes in Fisheries Management Zone 5 near Fort Frances, Kenora, and Dryden.
Lake surveys are done by MNR staff, with the support of summer students hired from local colleges and universities.
About 1.27 million anglers fish in Ontario each year, spending more than $2.5 billion annually on fisheries-related products and services.