Lajoie (Little Gun) Lake

Regulation Number: 
2023-03-02
Status: 
Proposed
Region: 
Region 3 - Thompson
MU: 
3-32
Regulation Type: 
Quota
Species: 
Bull Trout
Closing Date: 
January 6, 2023 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

Pending

Current Regulations: 

Electric motors only

Proposed Regulations: 

Status Quo:

Electric motors only

Additional Regulations:

Bull Trout (Dolly Varden) must be released

Rationale: 

Bull Trout (BT) are listed as a species of special concern in the region and are very easy to over harvest because of their aggressiveness, late age of maturity and lengthy (month long) spawner residency time in tributaries. Gun Lake was sampled by provincial fish biologists in the fall of 2021. No BT were caught in gillnets set at both ends of the lake, nor were any spawners observed in Walker Creek despite alignment with spawning timing. Anecdotal reports from Gun Lake residents also indicate a decline in the population of BT at Gun Lake, which aligns well with observations made by biologists in 2021. Considering the aforementioned context, we recommend a more conservative and precautionary management approach that does not allow licensed anglers to harvest BT at Lajoie Lake.

Additional Information: 

Provincial biologists conducted standard surveys of fish populations at Gun Lake on September 27 and 28, 2021. BT were not captured during these surveys. Furthermore, biologists observed no adult spawners in Walker Creek (historically the main BT spawning tributary to Gun Lake), or in Lajoie Creek (inlet and outlet) during stream walks on September 27. Although these surveys were not done on Lajoie Lake itself, BT population trends observed in Gun Lake should be similar in Lajoie Lake given their proximity and connectivity via Lajoie Creek. A precautionary management approach is proposed given these are a species of special conservation concern with life history traits that make them susceptible to overfishing.