Early this spring, DEC Region 6 Fisheries in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) New York Field Office began a walleye acoustic telemetry study to better understand walleye populations in the St. Lawrence River and the Eastern Basin of Lake Ontario. The study is designed to assess walleye movements, relative use of important spawning sites, and determine how different spawning populations mix within the system. This information is important to inform management and habitat restoration decisions needed to protect and enhance this important fishery. Walleye collected from the Black River, Chaumont River, Oswegatchie River, Brandy Brook, and Little Sucker Brook were implanted with an internal tag that will be detected by acoustic receivers deployed throughout the system along with a visible Floy® tag on their underside to identify it as a study fish.
If you catch a tagged fish, you are not required to release it, but we strongly encourage it. Releasing it will allow the fish to continue to be part of the ongoing research project as the tags have a ten-year battery life. If you catch a tagged fish or harvest a tagged fish, please report the tag number and capture location to the USFWS at (607)753-9334.