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  1. They need to barge stock browns and spread them out so they stand a chance. Stocked browns are pretty stubborn when it comes to movement after they are stocked. They are sitting ducks for weeks. In streams I’ve seen browns never leave the same hole they were stocked in the spring and be there right through fall. Between the cormorants, blue herons and fisherman last year I watched the browns that they stocked at Webster park get absolutely hammered for weeks on end. It was like opening day of trout season there. I was also surprised at how easy the blue herons could pluck browns out of the stream just standing there. For the amount of money and effort it takes to raise them it would be wise to take the extra step to run them out on a barge or tow them out in a pen so they stand 1/2 a chance. The ROI from Shore stocking is a huge miss IMO. The brown fishing should be phenomenal this spring after seeing very little fishing pressure last year. Doesn’t seem to be the case.
  2. Thanks. Any idea when redesigns will be out?
  3. Called fishusa and they said the Daiwa Saltist has been discontinued. They thought it may be replaced with a different model. Anybody have the scoop on what is going on with them? Was planning on upgrading all my reels to them.
  4. Should barge stock all browns. They hang around for weeks in a tight area after they have been stocked and just get hammered by cormorants...and fisherman that have access to them.
  5. Follow the water. Genny or other larger tribs are a good place to start as they usually put out some color through April. This year being a dry year with low water, I-bay and east may be too far out of the Genny. Other areas may be good right after a significant rain or wind event but if there is nothing to murk the water up it is going to be slim pickings in clear water. Good luck.
  6. I vaguely remember there being a big Atlantic program on I-Creek in the 80s or early 90s that was abandoned due to lack of success. If it didn’t work on I-Creek, Sandy doesn’t stand a chance. I do believe there is a fair amount of natural repro for chinooks in I-creek. I was up in Fisher’s last fall after a rain and saw 15 or so kings blow by in the 1/2 hour I was there. Some decent gravel and year round cold water up there. I’ve caught smolt steelhead up in powder mill in July and August that I believe were natural or maybe stockers that didn’t smolt in time to make it out to the lake and had to spend another year in the stream. The creek can get high and muddy even up high in the system which I’m told can prevent natural repro to an extent. There is more and more development on and near I-creek which will only make that situation worse.
  7. Took a walk on the I-Bay pier at 1 pm today and there was 3 young boys around 12 or 13 years old landing an easy mid teens brown on the beach. They had to walk it down the pier to the beach to land it. They were beyond excited. Caught on a rattle trap. Great to see kids that age enjoying the outdoors. I think they are hooked on LO fishing for life now!
  8. How quick can LO water levels be raised? Checked out the South end of Ibay and there is exposed islands everywhere. Water would need to come up a good 2-3ft for boaters to safely navigate out of any of the marinas on the south end. Some spots in marina have 6 inches of water.
  9. So sad to hear this. Way back in the day my father, Mike and a bunch of other guys started a fishing club. I cut my teeth fishing Ginna at night in the middle of the winter, thanksgiving trips to the Genny, and ESLO/LOC week long trips down at the Oak and Niagara. Last time I saw him was at my Dads funeral. Another LO pioneer gone. Rip Capt Mike.
  10. Thinking about Electric planer board reels. Pros/cons, suggestions? Never had or used them. Big Jon’s look most popular. Also hoping to complete my full ugly stick spread. Just need a few more brown rods, cores and coppers and I will be fully converted.
  11. Hachimo. You are not too far off. I had 3 Bucks chasing each other around my cars in the driveway today. Put some doe scent in my garage and that might have worked.
  12. Lots of chasing activity out of my front window today! Lol. Doe in the street. Sorry don't know how to rotate.
  13. Inside bite was slow this morning. 63 degree water all the way to bottom down to 40ft. Couple browns in 15ft was all on black/silver yozuri. Started motoring out for some offshore steelhead but port water pump went and had to limp back in on one engine. Thought I could make it until Spring before changing. Seasons a wrap for me. Good luck to everybody still fishing.
  14. I’m at Southpoint too. Will be out tomorrow. I’ll let you know how I make out
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