Staff from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 7 Fisheries Unit will be conducting multiple surveys on Owasco Lake this August and September.
Sampling efforts will assess current lake trout population characteristics; relative abundance of adult brown trout, rainbow trout and walleye; wild production of juvenile salmonids in area tributaries; and the relative abundance of smelt and alewife in the lake (forage assessment), which is new in 2020.
These surveys inform decisions about the number of lake trout to stock, as well as help gauge long-term fisheries responses in the lake after a 10-year experimental walleye stocking that ended in 2006.
More information on Owasco Lake fishing can be found here.
More information on Owasco Lake Monitoring and Management can be found here.