An assessment of juvenile lake sturgeon movement and habitat use in the Namakan River of Northwestern Ontario
Trembath, Cameron A.
Master of Science
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The Namakan River of Northwestern Ontario is home to a recovering population of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens). Although the adult portion of this population has been well studied in recent years, very little information has been available for the juvenile (< 61 cm) portion. This study was designed to gather baseline information focused primarily at locating "nursery areas" used by juvenile lake sturgeon. Netting at 5 locations returned catches ranging from 0.9 juveniles per net at the mouth of the Namakan River and Little Eva Lake to 4.1 juveniles per net in Bill Lake, about 14 km upstream from the river mouth. Movements of ten juvenile lake sturgeon caught in Bill Lake and later aged at 4-6 years were tracked and matched to local water depth and flow.