News Release: Fish Monitoring on James A. Gifford Causeway

Posted on Friday April 12, 2019

The County of Peterborough, in partnership with Curve Lake First Nation, will be monitoring the status of the walleye in Chemong Lake for the next 5 years. This spring, County consultants along with Curve Lake First Nation community members will be collecting information on walleye that inhabit and spawn in nearshore areas of Chemong Lake along the Causeway and eastern shoreline.

As part of this study, water quality, egg collection and night monitoring will occur during the month of April.  Water quality will be captured using data logging equipment placed on the lakebed. The sampling procedures we use are not harmful to the fish.

It is very important for safety and for the integrity of our programs that the equipment is not disturbed. Signs will be placed at both ends of the Gifford Causeway notifying the public about the fish monitoring in progress.

During the evening while we are performing the monitoring people may see monitors traveling by boat and counting the number of walleye observed using spot light style lighting equipment. Generally, workers could be onsite between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m.

We wanted the public to be aware in advance, so that they are not concerned if they see workers and lights throughout the night.

As we move forward, please be assured that all information updates will be shared with the public and will also be posted to our website on a webpage dedicated to the James A. Gifford Causeway at

Please see the Fish Monitoring video on our website referenced.

If you have any questions please email us at