Williston Lake Trout Project

Sustaining and promoting a trophy lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) fishery in Williston Reservoir is a unique opportunity to meet conservation and tourism-related goals consistent with local community objectives and provincial government mandates.

At its core the project is a research and monitoring program to support long-term sustainability of lake trout in Williston Reservoir. Our focus, however, is also on community development of the benefits this exceptional fishery offers local business, tourism, and recreation, and the support that we can provide for industry as regional development projects proceed.

Why Lake Trout?

Read the Project Backgrounder WillistonLakeTroutProjectOverview_cover

Read the Williston Lake Trout Project Brochure






Project Updates

For the most recent project news visit our project updates blog or Facebook page.

Interested in all the nitty gritty details? Visit our library (scroll down this page) for links to project reports, background info, work plans, related resources and more.

Log in to the project admin pages here.

Get Involved

“Conserving fish and fish habitats requires the combined efforts of land and water managers, resource developers and those involved in community stewardship.”
BC Freshwater Fisheries Program Plan, 2007


Find us on Facebook. Ask questions, access project information, link to online resources, and contribute to discussions on lake trout ecology, research, conservation concerns, and management plans.  Every ‘Like’ on our Facebook page shows funding agencies that there is public support for lake trout fishing, independent science, and community-based projects. All content is public, no account needed. Click here to access our Facebook page.


Help collect data on Williston lake trout populations. All you need is a valid fishing license. Ask us how to collect and submit data on angler effort, angler success, and lake trout population indices.

Have you caught a tagged lake trout?  Record the tag number, date, location, and fish length/weight, then send us the details. Contact us for more information.


Let others know that you support independent, community-driven research like the Williston Lake Trout Project.  Encourage your family, friends, colleagues, and local politicians to browse our website, and spread the word about lake trout conservation interests and concerns.


We are actively soliciting funding on an on-going basis.  If you are able to contribute, or know of funding sources that we can apply to, we’d appreciate hearing from you.  We are also interested in developing resource industry partnerships and research collaborations. Contact us for more information.

Project Partners

The Williston Lake Trout Project was established by Synergy Applied Ecology, the McLeod Lake Band Duz Cho Group of Companies, and the District of Mackenzie as a collaborative, community-driven initiative to support conservation and proactive management of lake trout in Williston Reservoir.

  • McLeod Lake Indian Band
  • BC Hydro
  • Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program – Peace
  • Spectra Energy
  • TransCanada Pipelines
  • District of Mackenzie
  • Duz Cho Logging
  • Duz Cho Construction
  • Finning (Canada)

We gratefully acknowledge financial support from:

  • Omineca Beetle Action Coalition, with support from the Province of British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and the District of Mackenzie
  • Duz Cho Logging Ltd.
  • Duz Cho Construction L.P.
  • Jason Brousseau
  • Shawna Grouchy
  • Dwight Bohn
  • Paige Bohn
  • Photos: Jason Brousseau, Shawna Grouchy, Dwight Bohn, Paige Bohn, Jim Wiens, Denise Kelln


Project Library

Here you’ll find links to project reports, background info, work plans, related resources, and more.

Project Plans

BC Hydro Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (Peace Region) proposal

Project Updates

Visit our project updates blog or Facebook page for the latest news.

Meetings and Presentations

Presentation to District of Mackenzie Mayor and Council

Update to District of Mackenzie Mayor and Council

Project Reports

Research reports will be posted here as thy become available.

Yr 1 (2012-2013) Report

In the News

Weighing the facts for lake trout. Mackenzie Times, August 2014



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