A Creel Survey of Winagami Lake, 2003
Greg Fortier, John Tchir, Lorraine Sawdon
A summer angler survey was completed on Winagami Lake in 2003 to quantify angling effort, catch rates and harvest rates of walleye (Sander vitreus) and northern pike (Esox lucius). Based on these results, an estimated 2316 (95% confidence interval (CI) = 2148 - 2532) anglers fished the lake during 15 May to 1 September 2003. The angling pressure exerted on Winagami Lake was 0.87 angler hours per hectare (hours/ha) (95% CI = 0.82 - 0.95 hrs/ha).
The overall catch rate of walleye (expressed as total catch per unit effort (TCUE) was observed to be 0.110 fish/hr, while the total harvest per unit effort (THUE) was 0.0074 fish/hr. The total walleye harvest was estimated at 0.0098 kg/ha (95% confidence interval (CI), 0.0083 - 0.0113 kg/ha).
In contrast, the overall catch rate of northern pike TCUE was 0.306 fish/hr, while the estimated THUE was 0.0298 harvested fish/hr. The total northern pike harvest was estimated at 0.0556 kg/ha (0.0497 - 0.0632 kg/ha).