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Shimano Supports Musky Research On Lake St. Clair

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario — It’s a good day for musky anglers when natural resource managers from Ontario, Michigan and Ohio all come together to make the fishery better. Combine that with the involvement of volunteers from both Muskies Canada and Muskies Inc., and now financial support from Shimano’s Canada operations, and targeting these big fish on Lake St. Clair has a positive outlook. 

To assist with musky research efforts on Lake St. Clair, Shimano donated $1,000 to help buy more acoustic radio tags. Bob Mahoney of Shimano (center left) presents the check to Bruce Bauer (far left) with Muskies Canada—Belle River Chapter, Muskies Canada vice president Kurt Milligan (center right), and Muskies Canada education director Jim Herod (far right).

During “Muskie Sunday” events at the just-completed Spring Fishing & Boat Show, Canada’s largest outdoor show at The International Center in Mississauga, Ontario, Shimano added to the day with a $1,000 donation to support the Lake St. Clair muskellunge tracking project.

“We wanted to step up after seeing how the DNR fishery experts in both Michigan and Ohio, and our Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have teamed up on this project,” said Bob Mahoney of Shimano’s Canada operations. “And we applaud the joint efforts of the Muskies Canada and Muskies, Inc. organizations for their assistance.”

The donation will be used toward the purchase of additional acoustic radio tags that are implanted in caught-and-released muskies out of Lake St. Clair. The project provides the ability for donors to name a tagged musky, and follow its travels at any time — similar to shark-tagging programs. More than 50 tagged muskies currently swim in Lake St. Clair, where their movements are tracked by using underwater receivers of the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System.

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