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The Steelhead Genetics Project (SGP) is a cooperative research project that seeks volunteer angler participation with sample collections. The SGP will provide critical information to advance rehabilitation efforts for Steelhead in the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior.
 
 Anglers interested in participating in this project must be experienced steelhead anglers and qualify for a special scale collecting permit.  You can contact the MN DNR if you would like to learn more about the requirements or discuss participation. 

Will be be providing more information about the project and results of the testing as the project progresses.  Check back!

1. Evaluate hybridization between hatchery-raised Kamloops Rainbow Trout and naturalized (wild) Steelhead.

2. Examine the utility of genetics to identify adult Steelhead that were stocked as fry and determine their contributions to the adult catch in the North Shore spring fishery.

3. Determine strain composition, genetic variation and structure of wild Rainbow Trout among North Shore Rivers using genetic markers.

Project Objectives:

For further information contact: MNsteelheader@gmail(DOT)com or the MD DNR at: 218-302-3272  |  Superior.Fisheries@state.mn.us

Lake Superior Area Fisheries Office
5351 North Shore Drive
Duluth, MN 55804

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Spawning Interactions of hatchery and naturalized anadromous form rainbow trout in Lake Superior Tributary

Lower fitness of hatchery and hybrid rainbow trout compared to naturalized populations in Lake Superior tributaries

Simulating effects of nonintrogressive hybridization with a stock hatchery strain of rainbow trout on the sustainability and recovery of naturalized steelhead populations in Minnesota waters of Lake Superior.

Evaluation of Madison, Donaldson, and Kamloops strains of rainbow trout in Lake Superior. - 1981

Comparative Survival of naturalized steelhead, feral kamloops, and their hybrids during egg and fry stages. - 1996

Rainbow trout Management summary for Minnesota waters of Lake Superior - 2012

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