Public Participation Opportunity
Radiotelemetry of Steelhead in the Saugeen River

Biotactic, with funding from Bruce Power LP, has radiotagged and tracked over 425 Steelhead/Rainbow Trout since the Truax Dam removal project started in spring 2018. The information collected up until 2023 continues to provide valuable insight into fish behaviour and movement patterns, as well as inter-annual and inter-seasonal differences between spring and fall-run fish including differences in their timing and ability to pass Denny's, Truax [footprint], Carrick and Maple Hill Dams. Fish have been tracked as they swam from Southampton to Walkerton in as little as two days and recaptures have been reported from as far away as Milwaukee Wisconsin!

To help keep this component of the project going we need your assistance.  With a $250 donation (the cost of 1 radio-transmitter) you can personally name a radiotagged fish and discover what it does and where it goes for several years until the battery expires. Go on an underwater adventure with your own tagged fish.  Get a group of friends together and see where each other's fish goes and which swims fastest or farthest! Try and catch your fish for an extra special reward.  Data from these sponsored fish will be posted on a dedicated webpage as it is collected. You'll receive a welcome package at the beginning of the season with a Biotactic project cap or t-shirt as well as pictures and biological details (photograph, sex, origin, length and weight) of your fish from when it was tagged.

Deadline for the first round of participation is February 1, 2024 for fish that will be tagged next spring (2024). For more information please contact us at

Please remember to leave your email address as a note so that you can be contacted with additional information

Example Data:

Fish ID:  Mike Kiss (code 4200), 4.5 pound wild male tagged April 1 2024
Data last collected: May 4 2024
Tracking method: 7 fixed receivers downloaded April 20 + aerial tracking

Past and current positions of Mike Kiss (code 4200)