The Haliburton Lake Trout Project (HLTP) is an exciting, community-based effort designed to enhance our lake trout fisheries. Volunteers and professionals from the Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters have joined forces to improved angling opportunities and learn more about this precious resources. The initiative was driven by the community with the objective to enhance naturally reproducing lake trout populations by stocking local native lake trout strains in Crown water bodies without adversely affecting the natural populations and so to measure success rates, effects on other fish species; as well as to understand the biology of the species and the effects and threats from climate change.
A major component of this project is devoted to protecting the “Haliburton Gold” lake trout strain and reintroducing them into selected lakes within the County. Volunteers work at the hatchery, stock lakes, restore habitat, assist in gathering research data, raise funds and communicate the goals of the project to the community. OMNR and OFAH fisheries specialists provide scientific and technical expertise to ensure that the project is grounded in good science. The HLTP has become a model for partnership development in the delivery of fish and wildlife programs for the Province. This project promotes public awareness and stewardship in the management of our lake trout fisheries in Haliburton County. Community support and involvement are vital to the project’s success.
Walleye Watch To assess the successful rehabilitation of walleye populations within the Haliburton Highlands, the Ministry of Natural Resources has developed the “Walleye Watch” program. In the evening, volunteers count the number of walleye using the spawning shoals. All data is given to the MNR for analysis and public forums are available through the HHOA for the presentation of the data.
Angler Diaries Anglers record their catch, effort, species and those species with clipped fins originating from the HHOA hatchery. This way, MNR biologists are able to assess the success, pressure and impact of the hatchery releases on fisheries in general.