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  1. Yeah fished yesterday afternoon and again today. Saw a few steelhead scattered about. I haven't hooked one but the couple I saw hooked up put on a real show jumping all over the place. Hopefully they'll be healthy this year. Time will tell. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. Up on the salmon for A special event. So this week about 2.5 m King eggs harvested. Monday they do cohos. 3500 cohos in the pens for spawning. And then back to kings. Lots of fish up river, hatchery and beaver dam you can walk across them. Some steelhead starting to show. And enough people to start a small country. So looking like brood stock goals for harvest are on plan. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. I'm smelling a camp fire and the singing of cum-by-ya . We need to meet at a Gin Mill and have a drink some time.
  4. Gee Gambler maybe so...I have four friends that do nothing but anchor off the wrecks between Long Pond and Iron Bay and crush the fish. All year classes, and there isn't a day I walk the Charlotte pier when they are out there all summer long (if we have some inshore cold water) they aren't whacking the snot out of them. BUT...back in the day...there were NO perch....And Mrs. Mother Nature may have had an effect on them as well. But I truly defer to your observation since you spend a lot of time targeting them.
  5. And an apology to Gilly...just saw your work in the trib section....nicely done my friend. I'd fish a river with you any day. But that kind of behavior is why I fish the DSR during the salmon run. All the best Gilly.
  6. So let me try this again...(and this is just what is swimming around in my brain) try and explain why I don't think the answer to the equation....is putting in more Salmon RIGHT now. And it has NOTHING TO DO....with not enjoying catching or seeing a big healthy King salmon over any other fish. First off, One logically can't assume every bait fish on their screen is an alewife. The last few years trawl results have shown bio mass up ticks of other bait fish species e.g emerald Shiners, that can and will inhabit zones that alewife and predator fish reside in. When we've had a huge bio mass of alewife in the system fish like shiners and yellow perch, Shads were depressed. That just isn't the case right now. While they don't co-habit the same water columns in the summer months they for sure do at spawning time. And if there were way more alewife these other species would be barely present. You can fill buckets of perch in LO right now, all along the shore line. I see it every weekend. Next...I don't discount Vince's argument that fishing is tough if there is too much competition. Vince I understand that way more then you can know spending an evening on a trout stream that has a monster hatch of bugs, to where my fly has little chance of being eaten by the dozens of fish raising at my feet. However, if salmon are out there and gorging themselves on the huge bio mass of herring, why aren't we seeing lots and I mean lots of big fish. OK because over eating they mature faster, but we've witnessed brown trout over eating to where we get big young fish. We aren't getting overly large young fish. The Weather. We know the past two winters have effected alewife body fat conditions. Causing the death of YOY fish, and creating thin mature alewife. They are thin, most probably because the food chain below them has been impacted as well. So logically if the lowest forms of the food chain is out of balance, meaning too little of it, more normal weather patterns would be required to have all of those elements of the food chain to recover. One might argue that if you take the predator of the plankton and shrimps out of play they would recover faster, but then you'd create a hole in the food chain for the top predators to continue to grow and mature. for the next say two years of fresh Salmon plants and wild fish....and it would impact the other predator species as well. All could suffer. Logically balance has to recover from the tiny elements of the food chain all the way up to the top predators. And it's best done naturally. Mother nature has an infinite record of allowing what it destroys to recover healthier....(see wild forests that burn and re-grow). In my mind if you try and balance the environment from the top down, instead of how it rights itself naturally from bottom up, you run a much higher risk of longer out of balance issues, to where your top predators, ALL of them suffer. I don't believe there is a magic bullet or quick fix to what Mother nature messes up. For the record last years Steelhead B1 problems were noted in the larger adult maturing fish, while the scouts and fish well under 10 pounds didn't seem to be affected from the dozens of fish I observed. Let's hear from others what they observed. This also seemed to be a bigger issue only on the east end of the lake. I observed 1 swirling steelhead in the Genny which I spend most of my time on, and none at Oak Orchard. And the logical thought is ...the forage from Rochester west is MUCH more diversified, meaning those steelhead were probably dinning on shiners and gobies, and other species ...not only herring. Which then suggests there are many more of other bait fish species swimming in those waters. Now...many of you will debate and or disagree with my logical thought process, but I didn't make this scenario up...it's what we've historically seen since the dawn of this fishery. Balance is key, but not of just one element of the food chain. The chain reaction to the two coldest winters in record in 100 years was what most probably kicked this off. And then you throw in the pressure put on the fishery to the top predators from the lake and trib fisheries, for now going on 24 months when it's all said and done....and the second off summer in a row, and we now have a ton a variables in on top of the element that started the slide. I can't see where not allowing the data to become picture perfectly clear from the science that is being evaluated ...(and yes it takes time, and we all hate to wait). isn't the "best" choice. I didn't say the only choice just what I...me thinks is logically the best choice. I say that simply because since the late 60's the guys doing the science, and making management decisions have a pretty darn good track record. If I'm vetting out all the choices of what do to...I keep coming back to ...I trust the guys in the lab. And Gambler (I'm only having fun with you...so don't get the hair up on the back of your neck) while I do love to fish and catch Atlantic salmon, If I want the best opportunity to catch one in the Great Lakes other then Gaspe', Norway, Russia or Iceland, I'd be standing in the ST. Mary's rapids. I KNOW we aren't creating a world class sport fishery by only loading 250k salmon in....if we could then we could reduce the stocking of many other species, and have room for more different fish like Coaster Brook trout....which you should be all over since you are a Char lover. And lastly my friend the Biologist Gilly. What's the issue if some body chooses to fish on a private stretch of river. Does that mean everybody who goes Elk, Deer, Moose and Bear hunting on a private ranch is wrong as well. Or PAYS to lease up land to hunt whitetails on...posts it and doesn't let anybody on. I choose to fish there because I want a shot at the freshest kings, silvers, and steelhead coming in from the lake, because my style of fly fishing is looking for biters that will chase a fly. And with plenty of room to fish. And that with river walkers, those that are gigging Salmon get run off the property. So if I want to spend the dollars to put myself in those conditions what business is it of yours to comment? The DSR is like listening to a radio station or TV program. If you don't like what you are watching or listening to... change the channel. Nobody is putting a gun to anybody's head and making them stop in there an pay. You can easily drive by. Gilly stay away from things you know nothing about....like your statement that Atlantic Salmon and Brown trout NEVER nest together. ....really?
  7. Longline there isn't doubt that king salmon generate a ton interest. But parking lots are full in the middle of Jan on a weekend. Believe me I wish they weren't. Oak orchard in November and the tiny trib just east of there have 100's of anglers on them from as far away as Colorado and Montana and they aren't here to fish salmon. It's off the chain. It's a different breed of angler to Gamblers point once the salmon crowd leaves but don't kid yourself that these people don't have expensive gear and spend tons of money. I used to fish alone on the week of thanks giving. Now I can't find a place to park that week. Take a drive from pen field at the iron to the oak on a weekend in November and tell me that it isn't busy. Now go to rivers east of here shoulder to shoulder. This doesn't mean it's desirable it just points to the fact an awful lot of people are interested in fish other than king salmon. Management of the entire species population is crucial Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. And you fired the first round at closing streams during the seasonal fishing. We can do that and let's limit lake fishing to say three days a week. Just as ridiculous. Not thinking the businesses that see a million five anglers hours On one river are giving up that kind of green. This year the DEC will be doing the entire east to west trib usage Sept through April. The numbers will be staggering and the economic value will be indisputable. But as I believe a strong 12 month a year usage urges managers to focus on the entire lineup. Can't discount the interest in other species after the salmon are dead. Just as nobody is stopping fishing on an outing on the lake if they can't locate salmon. Interest in the entire lineup even if a favorite is lacking helps DEC continue to get funding from the states cfo's to continue the program. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. Yeah Vince I'm fishing in front of white tails in the lower parts of rivers and witnessing white tails coming in from the estuary. So fish are entering the river in the shape one normally see them weeks after spawning suggesting they stayed way later in the lake or embayment. Which is not the norm in lower stages of rivers I've been fishing. the pictures of fish are of fish who look like several weeks in a river when they've just arrived . So as I witnessed last year fish are arriving much later then normal where there has been plenty of Cfs. 2013 fish ran in a puddle of water in August. Warm winter and easy summer. Now two years in a row hard winters cold eastly summers fishing running late. Many factors are probably involved. Could it be diet maybe but I'd wager the weather conditions set the stage to much of a coincidence. Don' forget the American and red breasted merganser heavy predation on our tribs in early spring as smolts are n shore. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. ha Gambler maybe I'm just hard headed. Thanks for the update Hairy. I thought the regs had changed to lower limits on tribs and the lake. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. Vince while I'm sure you've done all those things...as have I.....including planting 1000's of trees to create better spawning habitat, volunteering for pen programs at the Oak, Sandy and the Genny, organizing and running dozens of stream clean ups, and habitat improvement. I'm not disagreeing that trout and salmon numbers are down, but the impact of salmon numbers being down when the lake gets 1.7 million planted and probably more like 2.1 million.... and millions more that hatch naturally annually even if a low % add to the fishable population ...VS a stocking of 600 to 700k steelhead and even lessor amounts of Brown trout, isn't equitable. You aren't reading me very well if you think I'm trying to divide anglers, When my message all along is to be unified with our eye on the ball on the entire watershed salmonid fishery. The division is only focusing on King Salmon, and my point is, you aren't going to get the ear of the feds and DEC in that direction. How's that working so far? You are getting nothing back from them are you? Except more of the same. They are maxed out on Salmon. Nobody's bringing 50 million dollars to build another hatchery. BUT that doesn't mean other methods and decisions and management actions can't relieve a down turn in success. In Reality there isn't an "easy button" to push with out consequences that could tear it all down. The data tells us it's just NOT one element that has slowed things down. I don't believe in a magic bullet. So you're a predominate lake angler, and today I spend most of my time on tribs, So what? We're both still fishing. I love fishing for King Salmon....on the lake, not so much in a river. If the fish you fish for in open water From April through July were black and half dead would you be targeting them there as well? I still want all species of salmon and trout fisheries to be healthy and sustainable. There isn't just ONE button to push. It's not going to be ONLY a bait fish problem. So while shutting down some tribs, that take the almighty dollar from the communities nine months of the year, let's stop having a tournament every weekend, that just takes fish out for personal $$$$$. I looked at results on many of these tournaments where boats were bringing in small fish to get on the board. Two year olds that will never be three and fours. We can Pi$$ on each others Chero's all day long if you want, or the fishing community can get together and fix this. But it will never happen in a trib VS Lake environment. River anglers have just as much right to enjoy the environment that is this fishery as any lake angler and vice versa...when ever they have the opportunity to simply go fishing. ...and you show me where I've ever stated it any other way. You for sure have a personal vested interest in having lots of King Salmon around for your business, And I get that, I was in this business for a long time as well. and yes my clients loved to catch salmon, and I caught them by the 100's every year. But it simply isn't the only game in town. And can't be managed that way.
  12. Hairy.....for clarification what is the Steelhead regs these days on the Ontario tribs. I haven't been over in about six years. Have they been reduced from 5 to 2? And did they make the lake and Tribs the same?
  13. Any fish that is mishandled is obviously in danger. But a group of scientists in BC discovered how problematic handling was for big hearty steelhead they were putting radio tags on. They bumped around the rocks while putting the GPS devices on. A few hours later the fish were no longer moving. They recaptured a number of these dead fish, and did autopsies on them to discover blunt force trauma that could have only come from handling.
  14. Yeah Gambler we can find a skew in any and all data, but in the world of Math and Science we have to accept at least an 80/20 rule. Because in a landscape this large there is no way the data is going to be 100% accurate. I know dam well a lot of people fish off shore from Rochester West, and have access to the majority of Steelhead. And the key is not just harvesting a fish. because now we have studies of high mortality of Steehead if not handled properly. So this isn't just a boat angling problem, but surely a river problem as well. You can't let these fish bang around on the deck of a boat, or rocks on a trib shore line. The experience of scientists who have discovered this problem is the fish appears to be completely healthy and revived, but hours after release they die from blunt trauma to internal organs. We can challenge the data if we can back it up with specific facts, but saying all the time they weren't in your port isn't going to work. You are going to hear this Spring from Jana, that they watched boat after boat pass her crews by while they begged boaters to at least come close enough to tell them what they caught. And they didn't. So now we have a stalemate, and get nothing done. As stated before, if anglers are willing to keep TRUE accurate creel findings from their boats and offer a log book to DEC and USGS, that might help. But if they don't trust us, the program gains us no knowledge. This is only my opinion, but I don't see how Charter Operators don't have a program with DEC to feed their daily catch rates. It's in their best interest to do so. BUT they have to be accurate and honest. I know they are worried about being audited, but if you are doing business in a legal ethical manner what are you worried about....
  15. OK back to it...tough when work gets in the way of invigorating debate. First off I have no ill will towards anybody on here, just maybe a difference of opinion. I don't know most of you, so it would be silly to not like somebody I don't truly know. My point...IF YOU READ ALL MY Offerings, is we need a Diversified sport fishery for the entire watershed that includes Lakes, Bays and tributaries. All of you folks who target Kings on the lake (and who wouldn't) don't spin the boat around after two hours of not catching one, and head back to port. You run off shore looking for Steelhead, or inshore looking for Browns and Lakers. The normal boating season runs from April to Sept. However, from Dec, through actually May, of the 9 full months of the Trib season, three of the four main species that run our tribs is gone. And we are left to only fish for ONE species. We don't have diversity that we can truly count on. I disagree with the argument that more Kings means less predation on Steelhead, because the Fish Creel Census from 2009 through 2013 doesn't show that at all. While King Salmon fishing enjoyed four years off fantastic fishing including some of the best on record. There was still heavy targeting, catching and creeling of Steelhead. So the numbers don't support the theory. Now if we had a 1 Steelhead limit on the tribs and the lake, maybe targeting them wouldn't be a big deal. But on days when a lake troller can't catch a salmon and fills their limit with Steelhead at 3 fish per man, there is much greater impact. And because you aren't catching Salmon doesn't mean they aren't IN the lake someplace...especially a fish that travel 15,000 miles on average per year. Also the very same theory to create more competition for alewife to reduce the over eating of this species can be done with a combination of fish species added to the environment. NOT just King Salmon. Next if it turns out we have lost the two youngest populations of alewives from the 2014, and 2015 winter and the crux of the adult fish are all bigger older fish, they have a shorter life span left. Historically they reach four to six years old Max. If they have...or take a hit this winter, you don't have the backup of 2 and 3 year olds to fill in. And big maturing salmon eating YOY bait fish next spring are not going to prosper in body fat content that will hold them over another tough winter should we have one. We then are set up for the Perfect Storm. And all of a sudden everybody is fishing for Lakers, Browns, and Steelhead, cause the King Salmon will suffer. Are the populations down on Steelhead and Salmon ....I bet they are. Although there are 10's of thousands of Kings in this lake on both shores, that have the capability to not only enter the system through stocking, but any river that has Salmon in it can promote natural reproduction simply due to the timing of the hatching and leaving the trib before lethal water temps kill them. Would we want to ever explore only a natural population of these fish....no way. Steelhead natural reproduction to bolster the population is a non factor, isn't now, and never has been. We don't have water quality in any of our South shore tribs to house a steelhead through a summer, required to smolt them out to sea. I stood on the Ganny back in the 70's 80's and 90's at the fish ladder, as the counter recorded 25,000 fish up to the spawning grounds. Now that number tops out at 3 to 5K. The historic Canadian tribs that actually had wild steelhead even before stocking aren't nearly as productive as they once were. My point is, we as Stakeholders should be focused on the well being of all the species we fish for. To Rich's point we are NOT united. Vince...ever notice how we aren't invited to a "key" Stakeholder meeting anymore like we used to have in the late fall Dec time frame. Because DEC watches and reads and takes the pulse of the stakeholders. They aren't promoting this anymore, because the angling community continues to be divided. They aren't playing to that kind of audience but only back to once a year now. Atlantic Salmon - I have yet to read a fishing report by any angler lake or trib, who have caught one of these fish, and said...that sucked. These fish are no fun to catch. They aren't beautiful. Are they a by catch. yes they are. And they will continue to be, because the Atlantic Salmon program is an experimental program that is not being run to create a sustainable sport fishery. The Feds, who fund and execute the program put in a total of about 250K fish. There are other programs on Lake Ontario...from Canada that are also running an same experiment. They are running this in part of the GLFC PERIOD. That's it. Funding of this is not taking away from the States stocking program. The State does grow some landlocks, a tiny amount hits the LO watershed, the rest hit the Finger lakes. That program has been in existence since the 70's and isn't taking up hatchery space were Pacific species are being raised. Anybody who has caught one of these great fish on a river, gushes over them why? Because like the terrific Chinook salmon and it's fighting capabilities in open water, The Atlantic Salmon is that in a River. In all the history of Atlantic Salmon fishing, these fish aren't targeted in open water, but rather on rivers why? Because they enter rivers in their prime, many months ahead of their spawning ritual, and create the very same exhilarating sport fish experience that pacific salmon create in open water. and to some extent early in their run of our rivers. This summer the Salmon river experienced a very nice run of Atlantic Salmon with plenty of fish around to target. And as of this writing, Atlantic salmon are being caught daily on the salmon river while people are fishign for Pacific fish. Should you expect to go there and catch one? No...why because there aren't that many stocked that would create a true sport fishing program. They are still part of the experiment, and while science is in production mode of making more fish for sport fishing, they are also doing "Science" on the historical species of the Great lakes. Today the trib usage numbers dwarf the lake usage numbers. This is for many reasons, (Mostly economics) and probably none of those reasons are because the lake fishing isn't successful. Communities to include Chambers Of Commerce (except in Monroe County) and politicians will listen to us if we are a unified. Because they can and will look at who is using the fishery. And they will find out there is a hug influx of people using the tributaries, that come here all through the fall winter and spring, when boats are put to bed, and they stay in hotels and eat food and by gas and tackle just like the summer fishery. They are going to WANT IT ALL. If ALL of us were united, we'd HAVE the REAL strength in numbers that IS the total stakeholder community. Not just a fractured segment of it. I was foolish enough when I retired my charter business after 22 years , to focus on the other side of the fishery. The trib side, because I couldn't stand the skullduggery that was going on in the tribs that disrespected our king Salmon brown trout and Steelhead. So I and a small band of highly professional and successful anglers started another group to try and teach anglers the right way to fish and to respect these fish in the rivers. I thought we could make an impact.....and I was sadly mistaken. We need to all get on the same page. Doesn't matter what your "favorite" fish is....but it does matter if you are working for the entire health of the watershed when it comes to gaining the respect of the DEC and USGS to offer our help in maintaining and hopefully making it better.
  16. But hey if we are short steelhead and we know we lost ????? ###'s last year lets put in extra. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  17. Yeah gambler because I fish for every fresh and salt water species that swims I'll never be in a situation where I don't have something else to fish for. I do catch lakers on a swinging fly on the mighty Niagara. 20 pound char on a 7 wt in cold water will fight like a tiger. Great sport. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  18. Yeah Gambler DEC stocks 300 to 360K of the 1.7M in the river to recover a brood stock. As far as the natural fish....they are predated on as tiny yoke sac and fry by everything from a three inch long stone fly, to Cray fish in there that we could do a lobster bake on...to every kind of fish you can think of. Some stomach surveys were done of the very healthy stream brown trout population in the river, and they were eating Chinook fry like popcorn in a movie house. So while the % of adult fish are higher on the natural side...that 60 to 70% of survivors of all the fish which to date is still believed to be anywhere from 3 to 5%. And I...and many others are not disagreeing that after these two past winters among other factors that 3 to 5% could be even less. BUT ....we'll reload and put another 1.7 m in...maybe up to 2.1 with surplus, and they will have surplus if they take 4 M eggs again...plus the natural repo which may be much better if we have normal winter spring conditions. BUT what we won't get back quickly is the down turn in Steelhead. No natural repo that impacts an increase in numbers of adults....no hatchery space to increase the stocking...unless we REDUCE KINGS....(HA HA).....I can see the hate mail now. Maybe me and my Metal head friends will start squeaking louder and ask DEC for more Steelhead.....
  19. You are also missing the fact that historically only 3 to 5% of the fish have returned as adults. Meaning 9K to 15K of the 300K actually return as adults. I would imagine after the last two winters all species have experienced mortality they normally wouldn't have. Not saying there is not less fish....but am saying that the numbers of fish that are in front of me more then meet my expectations of having fish to swing to. I sure would love to have the opportunity to swing a fly past 500 STEELHEAD a day. that would be really nice. Let's stock 1.7 Million of them!!!!!
  20. Ha ha....100,000 fish? there has never been a run of 100K fish in the salmon river. You must be fishing at the mouth of the Kenai river Gill. The DEC handled Aprox 800 fish last year to take 4.2 M eggs. I may have fished on fish to a "TuG" ratio of 500 fish for five bites going by in a couple hours...in about 150 yards of an 11 mile long river. I hope your not in an accountant Gilly...or work for the IRS....
  21. Well Rich.....that's why they do the science. Cause there are several contributing factors of why the fishing is GREAT, or is lousy. I have to laugh sometimes. Why is it nobody wants to know when the fishing is Great....WHY it's great...calling for DEC's head to tell us why are these fish so healthy, and the runs are fantastic and every boat is limiting out? Cause if you knew why it is when it's successful, one might answer the why not so successful time frame, with elements that might be missing when it was successful. Ok enough of the logic.... Multiple species wildlife and fish have been affected in this part of the world the last two years, starting with adverse weather patterns. When I say affected, I don't mean all in a negative manner...but that the norm wasn't the norm the past two years. In science one of more changes to the "Norm" triggers a chain reaction of changes that can make finding the "Paper Trail" much more difficult. It also results in research that may not be part of the "Normal" process of investigating the health and well being of in this case fish species. And if countering the changes with one of more actions without vetting out all the possibilities, may put you deeper in the hole. Nobody likes the time frame it takes to get results, review the facts and results among the science community to agree on a finding, and therefore agree on a mitigation approved action to counter the negative situation....BUT we have to buy into that this will take some time. I won't be happy this fall winter and spring fishing to way less Steelhead most likely then in years past, but It won't ever stop me from fishing. I will have to wait for the answers. That I know DEC and USGS is researching. Here is the interesting thing despite the off fishing, you still can't find a lonely stretch of a river or stream these days. I guess most people are still willing to go fish. All I know Rich.....is that on Sunday I fished to fish all day. I choose to fish a method that only gets a positive result in unlocking a fishes primal instinct to chase and kill my swung fly. I choose not to stand over a pool and lob flies and shot in on top of a bunch of fish. I want a player. When it comes to Salmon who are in spawning mode, you are lucky to get a pull or two a day many times. Sunday I observed fish all day showing themselves moving up river. The percentages of having a King Salmon chase and eat a swung streamer from past experience in my records is probably 1 in 100. I had five pulls and landed two wonderful fish. One was a 30 pound monster hen. So maybe I showed my fly to 500 fish during the day.
  22. Was at The salmon yesterday. Fishing down low. Plenty of fish moving in, and talked to a good friend and fishing partner who works the DSR. Since so many salmon are nesting in the DSR, which may be that as late as they have arrived and found the first gravel they like have set up on it... DEC is taking the opportunity this week to come on the DSR and sample some of those fish for B1 health. Giving them data from fish that arrived at the hatchery, as well as natural spawners....and late arrivals DEC continues to investigate issues with Steelhead and Salmon. As far as other tribs.....Genny has lots of fish, Oswego is loaded, The Iron has fish....and OO is getting fish, but very low water conditions hinder the western basin watersheds. Back to my first paragraph. I've really only witnessed Salmon nesting in the DSR on years of late runs. So the other condition one has to include is that Salmon may be spawning at river mouths, or much farther down river then normal as they are in prime nesting condition arriving this late. I saw dozens of pairs of salmon nesting yesterday less then a mile and a half from the lake. If they are...many fishermen will never see these fish.
  23. Well Gill I stood on the banks of the Genny yesterday and watched all kinds of fish roll from the flats to the falls....and like I said I have friends who have been having double digit days trolling the river below the wading area. Ron at Orleans Outdoors at the Oak is noting fair to good numbers of fish at the Dam, and good numbers below the wading area working their way up. anybody that knows Ron well...he's always careful not to over estimate the fishing situation...he errors on the lower side. It's Oct 9.....let's give it a few weeks to see what transpires. Canada tribs were good, had two very good angler buddies on the North shore who fished all the ribbons East of Toronto state the run was good. Are they late...compared to the past few years yeah...compared to long term no way. I never used to fish salmon until Oct. into early Nov. I'm rolling my eyes...I heard for a few years people complaining that DEC was inducing early runs of fish into warm water cause they took eggs from early stage fish...now I'm reading people are upset that they are only taking eggs from later run fish. When in reality, if you want the best situation for spawning King fish, you want them coming now. The water is below 60, and they aren't going to die due to the water being too warm before they take care of business. If you think about it....King lovers should be rejoicing the fish are coming in late. DEC can't take eggs until water temps fall below 60. For several years that was at earliest this week. They'll begin their egg take this year on Monday or Tuesday.
  24. If a fly rod, attach a section of sink tip and or sinking line and make a half doz casts. The natural flex of the rod with the tipped weight will loosen the ferrule. If it's a spinning rod you can attach a 1/8 oz sinker and use the same process getting a deep being in the rod on the casts.
  25. Gill your math is great if the numbers in your equation are correct. Less then 10% of the stocked and wild fish are making it to adult sexually mature stage. Actually a lower number has been the norm since the start of this whole fishery. When it comes to numbers they HAVE to be accurate. We wouldn't have any kind of predator to prey imbalance as people are wary of if we had those numbers of salmon in LO. It's just not the case. Of the three year classes take the 2.1M that goes it...for round numbers sake let's say 10 M fry hatched in all the lake....that's 12 million salmon in one year class. That's 1.2m if 10 % survived, and 600K at best if the normal 5% survived. it's highly conceivable that the number is much closer to 5%....discount the YOY cause nobody is counting them as a target, now you are probably dealing with 1.2 M total 2/3 YO targets in the entire lake. Mix in harvest by lake and trib anglers, fish that die who are handled and released, death by lamprey....cannibalism, add in two outrageous winters that may have killed many, toxic alewives and the number is even lower. My point is, we all have to have a realistic understanding of the true numbers we are dealing with. Not what got stocked or what hatched. That's at the starting line....a fraction of them make it to the finish line.... and then Gill you said it best.....don't sell the boat and the tackle, we've had two really bad hands,(winters)that we'd all fold in high stakes poker.....Got to hang in there. And play the next hand. Not to be too light hearted...but this flashed at me.....much like the cows asking you to eat more chikn'... See a Salmon with a sign painted on it's side...."eat more lake trout"
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