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Lake sturgeon population characteristics in Rainy Lake, Minnesota and Ontario

Journal of Applied Ichthyology

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DOI:10.1111/j.1439-0426.2006.00725.x

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Abstract

Rainy Lake contains a native population of lake sturgeon Acipenser fulvescens that has been largely unstudied. The aims of this study were to document the population characteristics of lake sturgeon in Rainy Lake and to relate environmental factors to year-class strength for this population. Gill-netting efforts throughout the study resulted in the capture of 322 lake sturgeon, including 50 recaptures. Lake sturgeon in Rainy Lake was relatively plump and fast growing compared with a 32-population summary. Population samples were dominated by lake sturgeon between 110 and 150 cm total length. Age–structure analysis of the samples indicated few younger (<10 years) lake sturgeon, but the smallest gill net mesh size used for sampling was 102 mm (bar measure) and would not retain small sturgeon. Few lake sturgeon older than age 50 years were captured, and maximum age of sampled fish was 59 years. Few correlations existed between lake sturgeon year-class indices and both annual and monthly climate variables, except that mean June air temperature was positively correlated with year-class strength. Analysis of Rainy Lake water elevation and resulting lake sturgeon year-class strength indices across years yielded consistent but weak negative correlations between late April and early June, when spawning of lake sturgeon occurs. The baseline data collected in this study should allow Rainy Lake biologists to establish more specific research questions in the future.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Lake sturgeon population characteristics in Rainy Lake, Minnesota and Ontario
Series title:
Journal of Applied Ichthyology
DOI:
10.1111/j.1439-0426.2006.00725.x
Volume:
22
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2006
Language:
English
Publisher:
Wiley
Contributing office(s):
Columbia Environmental Research Center
Description:
6 p.
First page:
97
Last page:
102
Country:
Canada, United States
Other Geospatial:
Rainy Lake
Online Only (Y/N):
N
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