Water level regulations and fisheries in Rainy Lake and the Namakan Reservoir

Y. Cohen, P. Radomski

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The difference between the yearly maximum and minimum water levels (YMXR) is an index of lake dynamics: shoals are exposed and inundated, nutrients are oxidized and reduced, and the diversity and density of the aquatic plant community are affected. Shoals and emergent macrophytes provide spawning habitat for fish. The 5yr moving variance of YMXR fluctuates regularly with periods of about 11.2yr (periodicity of sunspot cycles). This reflects the effects of within-year consecutive periods of storms and dry spells. Water level regulations resulted in changes in both amplitudes and frequencies of YMXR compared with natural fluctuations. Links established between fluctuations in YMXR and fluctuations in fish populations. Water level regulations, through their effects on YMXR, corresponded to change in interspecific interactions on Rainy Lake and the Namakan Reservoir. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1934-1945
Number of pages12
JournalCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1993


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