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  1. Seneca dead fish

    My bad. Checked a couple other sources- incinerator project is not dead. Looks like a nasty legal fight is ahead
  2. Seneca dead fish

    Lawyers representing the incinerator project withdrew their application today due to local opposition. The project appears DEAD.
  3. Seneca dead fish

    Bad press might be bad for business, but keeping silent will not help.....nor will it improve the fishing. Public pressure can change things. We have a lot of people that don't fish that have a vested interest in clean water/ healthy fishery. I've contacted Jeff Murray from the Star Gazette and he has promised to reach out to Nick soon, and Brad after he returns from holiday break.
  4. Seneca dead fish

    Both the sewage treatment plants in Montour Falls and Watkins Glen are obsolete. Plans are in the works to replace them. No telling what chemicals are flowing through them to the lake. Stupid idea to use our lakes as liquid "landfills".
  5. Draft NYSDEC Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan DEC is inviting public comment on their draft lake sturgeon plan. Plan is at
  6. Big Black Bear

    I try to make it to one of the PA Game Commission "bear check" stations each year. The public is allowed to watch the biologists weigh, determine if it's male or female , pull a tooth for aging as well as any other data they might be collecting on the harvested bears. Check in is mandatory for all successful hunters and most of the resulting data is recorded on a whiteboard for public viewing. I've seen bears as small as 26lbs. and as large as 642lbs. (dressed) weighed in. Average adult female would be 100-150lbs and average adult male 200-300lbs. However, they have recorded bears with live weights exceeding 800lbs. The assembled crowd tries to guess the weigh of each bear (myself included). Most people aren't even close when guessing the bears weight. I've been visiting the stations for years and not any good at guessing either!
  7. Those fish were the result of a multi year stocking effort which has since been discontinued.
  8. The fish stocked in Otisco from 2009 to 2013 were treated with an antibiotic, oxytetracycline (OTC). This shows up in lab tests, so DEC can tell if an 'eye is from those years. DEC used gill netting in both Owasco and Skaneateles to get their fishery samples.
  9. For what it's worth, the statement that there is only one biologist for Region 7 is just plain wrong. Last I knew, Region 7 had 3 assigned to the Eastern Finger Lakes alone!
  10. Yes, Otisco actually has many different age classes of walleyes. Most of them are the result of the DEC stockings, though the 2007 age class was the result of natural reproduction. DEC found one eye there that was 22 years old! What I'm really wondering is if anyone is catching small walleye in Owasco that wouldn't be the result of stocking.
  11. It's a given that the 'eyes will try to reproduce. But, in a "small" lake with a large alewife population, there will be little or no recruitment. Alewives simply eat the fry. Historically, Owasco had a healthy population of walleyes prior to the introduction of the alewife. After the introduction, the walleye population plummeted.
  12. Just tracy trolling: I know you know your walleyes, but I'm wondering what you base your statement that walleyes successfully reproduce in Owasco ? DEC and Fisheries Institute test nettings failed to produce any walleyes in Owasco less than 14 years old. DEC concludes there is little or no walleye reproduction in Owasco. Details are available on the DEC website (Eastern Finger Lakes Diary Reports).
  13. Cayuga Cayuga debris

    Cayuga debris Pic taken this afternoon near SW corner of Cayuga.
  14. I believe the middle lure in the bottom pic is a Williams Warbler. I've had success with them fished deep for Lakers under sunny conditions. I've had better luck wit the gold finish than the silver ones.
  15. Walleye in fingerlakes

    Time for a reality check. Walleyes are expensive to raise for stocking. Like double the cost of trout. NYS struggles to produce enough walleye for the waters it wants to stock, so some waters are only stocked every other year instead of annually. I don't see walleye stocking expanding to the central Finger Lakes at the expense of fisheries more suited to walleye. We think of sawbellies as baitfish, and they are. We don't tend to think of them as predators, but we should. They vacuum up newly hatched fry of both lake trout and walleye in huge numbers. I have one source (Saunders) that blames the destruction of the native walleye population in Owasco on the introduction the sawbelly (Alewife). Some think that the current problem on Seneca s related to the abundant sawbelly population. DEC had cut laker stocking due to the number of wild lakers present, however that natural recruitment doesn't appear to be happening. Sawbellies will eat lake trout fry during the first two months of life. Given Seneca's huge Alewife population, it's a wonder any wild lakers survive. Less stocking and less reproduction, (plus a large, hungry lamprey population) equals lousy fishing. I have read that walleyes can live for 20 years. No wonder that they are still present in Owasco. Give the sawbellies time, history will repeat itself, and the walleye will be nothing but a memory.