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Spring 2022 Egg Collections Recap

DEC Fisheries staff recently completed three significant egg collection efforts. Check out the summary below for more details. Spoiler alert: these programs are off to great starts, which bodes well for future fishing opportunities!

Steelhead – Salmon River Fish Hatchery
Collection Dates: March 28 – March 31
Location: Salmon River
Details: Hatchery Staff with assistance from Regional Fisheries staff collected 1,859,788 Washington strain steelhead eggs from 542 females. The eggs incubated well yielding a total of 1,261,145 viable eyed eggs- a survival rate of 64%. The eggs are developing quickly and should begin hatching any day now. This number should easily provide the number of steelhead fry to reach Lake Ontario and Lake Erie Spring 2023 stocking targets.

Walleye – Oneida Fish Hatchery
Collection Dates: March 31 – April 7
Location: Oneida Lake
Details: Hatchery staff netted a total of 18,797 walleye and used 8049 males/3996 females (using a 2:1 ratio of males to females) to promote genetic diversity. Over the course of the week, more than 245 million total eggs were collected. We’re happy to report that survival rates exceeded our expectations and all walleye fry have been stocked into their designated waters across the state.

Happening alongside the egg collection efforts this year was Cornell University’s triennial mark-recapture study where research staff fin clipped 20,000 walleye. This study is conducted to estimate the number of adult walleye in the lake. Stayed tuned for a future video highlighting this effort.

Muskellunge – Chautauqua Fish Hatchery
Collection Dates: April 25 – May 6
Location: Chautauqua Lake
Details: Six trap nets set yielded a total of 44 pairs of muskellunge (using a 1:1 ratio of males to females) that were used for this year’s egg take. A total of 1.7 million eggs were collected which was the targeted number for the program.

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