Lake Trout can be found in cold lakes and is stocked for sport fishing. It’s found as native in 12 watersheds and has been regularly stocked in three others, outside its native range. Lake trout were once the dominant, offshore-benthic predator in Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The species went into severe decline due to overfishing and invasive species.
Among the co-authors are five DEC Fisheries staff whose work lead to this major milestone in Lake Erie lake trout restoration. Readers are also treated to underwater footage of spawning lake trout and their spawning habitat.
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