Elk Chain Tracking Study

One of the few remaining native Great Lakes strain populations, albeit at a low density, is in the Elk Chain of lakes, comprised of Elk, Skegemog, Torch, Clam and Bellaire lakes.

Very little is known about these fish and the effects of habitat loss and angler or spearing harvest on their population. In 2008, MMA contributed 10 ultrasonic transmitters to this study, which will be ongoing through 2010. A graduate student from University of Michigan will be performing the tracking and other data collection for this project. MMA will continue to assist the University of Michigan and the Michigan DNR with this project until completion.

An Elk Chain muskellunge recovering after being implanted with an ultrasonic transmitter.An Elk Chain muskellunge recovering after being implanted with an
ultrasonic transmitter.