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steelhead'r

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  1. This was a weirld hunting season. I only had a few days hunting with snow on the ground. When ther is no snow on the ground hunters see fewer deer. When i did hunt on snow i saw plenty of deer and tons of tracks. No problem with deer numbers here.
  2. Great bear Matt. I hunt across the road from you. Bears have been showing up on trail cams the last few years and we've seen them up close and personal. I got a great video on my cell phone to show you from last year. It was 13 yds. It's great seeing them in the woods. Two weeks ago my brother was in his ground blind and a big bear came by him at 15 yds. Eye to eye. He said his heart was pounding. May have been your bear. I gave him a can of wasp and hornet spray to put in his blind. Anyways gratz on your trophy.
  3. Paint them over with white and go from there with the colors you want
  4. I thought the captians bought donuts for the observers
  5. I believe the Ontario biologist will be looking at and counting the pyloric caeca at the end of the stomach. During the early days of the ESLO derby the grand prize was limited to chinook salmon. A hybrid coho chinook was caught and was a possible winning fish. They brought the fish in to DEC where I was working. DEC did not want to get involved in a private contest but we did let them use our reference books to let them make a determination. I can't remember numbers but chinooks have a high number of pyloric caeca and cohos have much fewer number. The fish had a number about midway between and they determined it to be a hybrid. With that said both that fish and the one recently caught are true monsters. you never know what you're going to catch in Lake Ontario.
  6. Grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
  7. Too much easterly wind. Rough water. Lake flipping too much. Unstable conditions. Different fishing every couple days. we need a prelonged period of westerlies to stabilize the water and better catches
  8. Man thinks he is in control but forgets mother nature bats last
  9. So was the Oak and Olcott. At the black north ramp (state ramp was not built yet) vehicles with boats were back up waiting to launch all the way back into the exit ramp on the parkway. at olcott the vehicles were back up on Jackson st onto rt 18 and onto the bridge over 18 mile cr
  10. Lake Ontario water levels usually peak around Memorial Day then drops. Look at JD post chart. Aug and Sept water levels are lower than levels this time of year. LO trib water volumes have little effect on lake levels. LO water levels are primarily controlled by the locks on the St Lawrence. After the last few years super high water you have no chance to slow the water releases, Bottom line late summer will be worse
  11. DEC has been trying for decades with Federal $ and fish to get these reestablished in LO along with lakers. Returns have been very skimpy to say the least. it is thought that most run out to the Atlantic Ocean and never return. My feelings are save the money and add numbers to pacific salmonids and BT
  12. Just talked to R8 Fish Manager. They clarified original closures of business' at boat launches. Since DEC sites don't charge for use on their launches they originally said they would stay open. Today they changed their minds and said they are closed. As for Sandy Creek as soon as the Town of Hamlin can lock the gate it will be closed
  13. I been looking at the fishing reports. It has a lot of pictures of kids holding fish. They all have big smiles. With schools closed and sports and other entertainment stuff closed lets hope there is more family bonding. We need it. Icing on the cake would be that with more free time on our hands that it gives us time or more time to read. A good starter would be the Holy Bible.
  14. yes but two months less of high nutrient food. they will be smaller and survival will be less.
  15. Vortex 3-9x40. several models available depending on what you want to pay. Super bright. unconditional guarantee. Use to be nothing but Leuopold. Not now
  16. Do you tie your braid directly to the diver or use a swivel?
  17. Like new. 12 ga. 1000 wads 200 empty shells powder measurers. New $650 asking $250. Rochester area pickup
  18. I fish a 16 footer with my brother. we use 2 riggers 2 wire divers and either 2 leads ( 1 color,3 colors or 5 colors) on inline boards or a 7 color or 10 color down the shoot. Since you're alone with a 3 rod limit i'd use 2 riggers and 1 wire diver. The diver catches more fish than lead over time
  19. Each gun has it's own identity. Buy three kinds of ammo and shoot 5 shots of each on separate targets. Which ever groups the best go with that ammo
  20. Well to get back to the start of this thread, where are the returning salmon? My credentials is that I worked in DEC fisheries for 35 years and fished Great Lakes steelhead and salmon since the mid 70's. I started in Michigan tribs but found the jewel of the Great Lakes called Salmon River. I was on the river 25-30 weekends between Labor Day and the spring ESLO at the end of april. My lake fishing was just to fill in in my off season. Then the resident landowner screwed up the right to fish navigable waters. About the same time as DEC and Ontario cut stocking numbers and the catch dropped. I got spoiled with the reduced numbers of fish and rarely walk the streams any more. I'm left to just lake fishing the lake now. Its Oct 1st the peak of the salmon run isn't until around Columbus Day. Salmon will run earlier though if there is a rise in water levels ( August if they had a tube race) not primarily water temp. We had that on Salmon River with daily raising and lowering of water releases for hydroelectric generation. Then they messed that up with a constant slightly higher than low flow. With the great salmon catch this year in the lake runs in the streams will come. We have not had rains enough raise stream levels so not many fish are in the tribs. but with salmon changing biologically to spawn they will run soon regardless of water levels. As for Vinnie I fished with him before he had a boat and still fish with him. He is the most fine tuned fisherman in details and observations. Listen to him.
  21. When DEC started in 1973 it was agreed on that DEC would manage and build small sites and OPR (parks) would take care of the larger sites. it is unfeasible for dec to collect launching fees on these small sites. Sites like Oak Orchard west side and Sampson on Seneca lake are parks. The public use section of DEC kept trying f or years to get a small fraction of 1% of the gas sales tax which would be more than enough to build new sites and manage all DEC sites. They may be still trying to get that money but state legislators are very stingy with money. Boat launches are not on their radar
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