Otsego Lake Lake Trout Netting (2008)
The 4,200 acre Otsego Lake in Region 4 was netted for the 22nd time since 1969 to monitor the abundance of lake trout. The wild population is supplemented with the stocking of approximately 5,000 yearling lake trout annually. Six 450 foot long gill nets were set overnight at standardized netting locations. A total of 123 lake trout between 7.6 and 30.2 inches were caught for an average catch of 20.5 fish/net. This was down slightly from the record catch of 20.8 fish/net recorded in 2006. The catch of legal (>=23 in) lake trout numbered 20 or 3.3 fish/net. This new record high was only slightly higher than the 3.2 legal fish/net recorded in 2006. In nettings prior to 2006, the previous high catch per net for all size and legal fish was 14.8 in 2002 and 3.0 in 1998. The lake trout population in Otsego Lake remains at or near record levels and fishing should remain very good. Contrary to popular opinion, the opening of the lake to year round fishing for lake trout in 1998 has not negatively impacted the abundance of lake trout or the quality of the fishery.