The theory is that these lakers come to hunt up shallow in the river as water temperatures cool, where they are then pulled by the current of the dam and end up stranded on the other side. There is a fish ladder but apparently the Lake Trout are not strong enough to swim up like the browns and rainbows. Unfortunately, the water in the river gets too warm in the summer so they would all eventually die.
The process of moving the fish is actually quite simple; the fish are caught using a seine net, put into buckets, and then hauled up to the ministry's fish transportation truck. This truck then brings them to a location in the lake away from the river. The fish are then counted and released into the lake! Here are some pictures of the process:
|Seining the fish|
|Netting the fish|
|Bucket of fish!|
|Estimated 12lb Lake Trout|
|Estimated 5-6lb Brown Trout|
Overall, this was a great experience and I have to thank the MFFP for co-ordinating with the fishermen to make this happen. They often get a bad rep in Quebec but I found the biologists and technicians to be very friendly and helpful. I hope to be able to participate again in the future :) Also, here's a picture of a Longnose Dace I found, the most beautiful one yet! Couldn't leave you guys without a micro ;)