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  1. bosco

    perch bite

    Not so much on I-Bay today. Did get a surprise Brown though.
  2. I got a little impatient and tried Hyde Lake for the first time last week. I'd never fished ANY of the lakes in this area. With nothing but a DEC contour map to go on I headed out figuring I'd lay out a spread of lightly rigged tip-downs, bounce around with a jigging rod, and see what happened. Well...even the blind squirrel finds a nut now and again. Drilled my first hole, sent down the minnow and had a fish on before I could let go of the line. I had a hard time getting a five line spread out the action was so steady (Perch). I might have just jigged and had better results but I wanted to get a full spread out before sunset to get a decent shot at a walleye. No luck on that end of things but I got a few meals and a beautiful day on a real nice body of water. Good access to the ice and a decent bait store right on 37 make this a great plan B for Saturday if Quinte still isn't safe.
  3. From the DEC website...."From 1993 to 1998, Irondequoit Bay was annually stocked with fingerling Walleyes. Since 2003, the stocking policy calls for bi-annual plantings of fingerling Walleyes. Assessment surveys have shown that these stocked fingerlings survive and grow to produce a good adult Walleye population". I can attest to that last sentence. I've never targeted them through the ice though. Just Spring, Summer, Fall.
  4. When I first started fishing Walleye on I-bay about 14 years ago, my friend who introduced me to the fishery said the DEC had quietly been stocking the bay for years. After a few years of hit and miss and dialing in my programs as I learned the bay I don't think I ever caught an eye under 18"....seriously. The last few years I've caught steady limits and with some exceptional explosive nights and with a few cold runs in the mix and in those last few years I've been regularly throwing back shorts. Some of the smallest I've caught came just this year so that tells me they must be stocking regularly. I really don't think I-Bay is at all an ideal habitat for successful natural reproduction rates of the kind that have been filling my live well so regularly for well over a decade now.
  5. So here's a reply to my own question, asked way back in December of 2007, "Say....do any of you perch nuts fishing off the markers out there ever catch an oddball walleye or two? I'm trying to improve my knowledge of the bay as a walleye fishery and I'm curious if they're ever out there feeding on small perch.??" Well....it look 11 years but yesterday it happened. Fishing the channel markers late afternoon, having a fair to good day on the perch, and up comes an undersized Walleye. He was small but then again, so are tons of those tiny perch down there. Always happy to get small walleye in I-Bay though as I see it as a sign of possible good year classes to come.
  6. Sorry to scare anyone on western Ontario or the St. Lawrence but I saw these on a Walleye we caught on a charter near Ogdensburg this past weekend. I pointed them out to the captain and he said he hadn't seen them before. The only reason I thought to even look for them was because of this thread (and I told him as much....that they'd been reported out of Erie). I wonder how far and wide the problem is. If I ever get a keeper this year on Irondequoit Bay, I'll certainly look for them there as well.
  7. bosco

    Tough bite

    Coincidentally, I just took a 4 hour charter out of Lisbon yesterday AM. 1AM-5AM. We boated 4 and lost one. The captain said that was a slow trip on what’s been a tough year.
  8. Wait...you mean all these years I’ve been fishing I-Bay I could’ve been dropping a limit off to the car at 11:59PM and then gone back out for another limit at 12:01AM? I always defined a day’s limit as what I caught in one outing...from, say, 9:00PM to 2:00AM...for example. That’s good to know. That’s ALOT of eaters I’ve been unnecessarily throwing back. The freezer should be twice as full in the next few weeks then.
  9. bosco

    Ohio walleye

    I just noticed the link on the bottom left of LOU's home page. https://www.lakeerieunited.com/
  10. Because a couple decades ago you had to catch 15 eyes to get one over 18. The lake was loaded with smaller fish. At the time, I welcomed the 15. It meant I got to actually keep a couple from time to time.
  11. I was going to say that (even if true) it's still nearly 2 lbs shy of the legendary Mabry Harper's 25 lber out of Old Hickory Lake in TN.
  12. I've got a buddy who charters out of the Genessee and he says he gets an odd ball Walleye now and again while fishing for the trout and salmon but as far as targeting them in the open water apart from the Niagara and St. Lawrence area I would think would be futile.
  13. I do very well on the eyes in Irondequoit Bay in May, July, and August but only at night. I haven’t figured them out in the day and, frankly, with all the drunks and recreational boaters/jet skiers tearing it up out there I’m not inclined to put the time in to find them. I’d heard the DEC had been quietly stocking the bay a bunch of years back but I’ve never caught a tagged one.
  14. Yup. I get them in the Honeoye Perch all the time. I pop 'em out like a zit with the tip of my fillet knife and fry them up. It's not ideal but I like Honeoye and I like Perch. I don't fish the gills but even so, yours is the first story I've heard of those worms showing up in the gills. Or was it in the Crappie? I'd guess the gills because the Crappie are often higher in the water column and the gills tend to hang toward the bottom, which is where I think the fish are getting their food containing this parasite.
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