Lakes and Reservoirs
The Standard Lake and Reservoirs Survey database is currently being developed. Once deployed it will hold fish and habitat data collected using a standard format from the many lakes and reservoirs in Idaho. One of the benefits of this database will be the consistent data format which will allow for better comparisons between similar bodies of water or comparisons of the same body of water over time. The data will be used to observe changes in fish composition, population, and fish condition. The data may also be used to follow the changes in lake habitat such as water quality, temperature/dissolved oxygen profile as well as change in the zooplankton community. The easy access of this data will help fish managers better manage the fish population for the people of Idaho. Administrative personnel will be able to answer questions like “Where can I find Westslope Cutthroat Trout (or any other species)?” or “What fish are in this lake?” with a couple of clicks of the mouse. Fishery and research biologists will be able to gather and summarize data for reports.
Currently, the test application and reports are accessible only to Idaho Fish and Game personnel.