The Teslin Renewable Resource Council is undertaking a two year research project to better understand the lake trout population in Teslin Lake. This work involves locating spawning sites and collecting DNA samples from lake trout captured by anglers to learn about where the trout come from within the lake. The project is very unique in that it provides an opportunity for recreational anglers to participate in the project through one of the following:
- Collecting DNA samples from any lake trout captured in the lake. To collect samples, simply pick up sampling supplies at the Nisutlin Trading Post, Johnson’s Crossing Lodge or in the white drop box located with the lake trout interpretive signs at the Teslin boat launch or the 10 Mile boat launch (near the government campground). Samples can be returned back to the white drop boxes or in Whitehorse, you may call the contact information below to arrange a drop off.
- Reporting tagged lake trout. There are nearly 400 tagged lake trout in Teslin Lake, all of which were tagged at spawning areas during the fall of 2016. If you catch a tagged lake trout, keep or release the fish as if it were not tagged and report the following information – date, location, tag color, tag number and if the fish was released or kept.
Everyone who provides at least 1 sample or reports a tag will be entered into a draw for prizes during the fall of 2017. Last year, prizes included a 100 w Honda generator, a chainsaw, gift cards for sporting goods and a number of other prizes.
For additional information on this project, refer to the attached poster. For questions about the project, to report a tagged lake trout or to pickup or dropoff DNA sampling supplies, contact the Teslin RRC at (867) 390-2323 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ben Schonewille at EDI Environmental Dynamics at (867) 393-4882 email@example.com.