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  1. Folks it is time once again to begin the fight for getting the Scheduled lamprey treatments on the Lake Champlain tribs in Vermont accomplished this coming fall. The members of this site can be a big help to this program with your show of support by adding your names to this petition. With the treatments that have been done over the last 4 years the Champlain fishery is really starting to show the results of everyones interst in lamprey control. This past season was one of the better ones we have seen in a while. The sizes and numbers of fish are on the rise and the lamprey wounds are on a sevre decline. Please take a moment and show your support and add your name to this petition. http://www.petitiononline.com/Lewis010/petition.html
  2. BH - Nope, I'm fishing south of Ausable Point, but still on what is refered to as the broad lake area of Champlain. There are Osprey nesting at Ausable Point state park, but I have never seen Eagles nesting there. Eagles and Osprey's look very much a like and are around the same size. The wings on an osprey are more gull like in design and they are not as dark black like an eagle. The white head of an Osprey is pretty much identical to an eagle thus making it easy to think they could be an eagle. Not to say that you didn't see an eagle around there because it is not all that far from where I am seeing this pair of eagles. Both are very neat to see and watch. There are 2 pairs of Osprey right now at Ausable point and they are rearing chicks.
  3. 5/25 - 6/10 Been getting out with the new boat to do some trolling. Haven't had much luck with the salmon in the area I am fishing but the lakers have been hitting. Various spoons have been taking the fish, Honeybees, Dreamweavers, Michigan Stingers and needlefish have been the hot spoons. The fish are still scattered from the surface to as deep as 80feet with the 20ft depth producing the majority of the fish. The 2 biggest lakers have come from 50 and 60 ft down. These 2 fish were in the 10 lb range. 6/13 Made it back out on Champlain yesterday with my lady friend on board. Turned out to be a rather warm day with a slow bite or I just didn't get into changing lures every 20 minutes all day is more like it. Just stuck a couple of diver rods out set for 20 ft and just drove around. After about 40 minutes a rod fires and it is peeling the drag. When there was now jumping flipping fish behind the boat I figured it was a wambo laker. Not a wambo but a solid 7lb fish. We also see a nesting pair of bald eagles. Found out where they are nesting and we checked out the nest site with the binoculars. There are at least 2 chicks in the nest that are about the size of a crow right now. It was cool as heck to watch one of the adults come over the boat carrying a fish and feeding the little ones - truely awesome to watch. Kept on just trolling around and sight seeing when another rod finially fired. All of a sudden there was an airborne silver fish behind the boat. My lady freind jumps to the wheel and I look at her and go this is a salmon and it is a dandy one. The fish started to head for the other line. I start reeling the other rod in all the while saying to my pilot netural, forward, turn left, go right. I get the other rod cleared and the fish runs across the back of the boat and gives us about a 3 ft jump. My lady friend was really amazed with the areial show. The fish was out of the water way to many times for my liking. She also did a great job running the boat and netting her first ever fish - which turned out to be a 24'' salmon that would have weighed around 6 lbs. Need to get her a lic. so she can reel some in - she said that she would just as soon drive the boat and ride around. 6/17 Been out the last couple of days as well and have boated some skipper size salmon along with several good lakers. Got a easy 10-11lb laker yesterday off the riggers. The fish came on a NK 28 BLUE/CHAR down 70 ft back 15 ft over 180 ft of water. The fish have moved out over deeper water but they are still most active in the 15 to 25 ft depth. The divers have still been out producing the riggers as far as numbers of fish, but the biggest 3 lakers have come off the riggers. Hot Spoons off the divers have been Honeybees in the MP6 size, Stinger scorpions and Needlefish. Been running bigger spoons of the riggers, Dreamweavers and NK'S have been working good on them. The bigger stingers and Honeybees have not performed off the riggers like the smaller ones have off the divers. Bigger spoons off the divers haven't worked like the smaller ones have either. It has been a strange season so far on Champlain, the fish have not set up on any said pattern or location. Have to find the fish everday lately then try to figure out the spoons that they want that day - keeps it intresting. Watched a bald eagle dive for and catch a fish today about 300 yards from the boat - what a site to see a bird that size in full action that close.
  4. Very true Bob but our Atlantics just won't go for those big Spin DR.S and flies though - I think it scares them. There are guys that use dodgers and flies or use a larger size spoon for a flasher. But yes some of the baits and patterns work just about anywhere just different sizes.
  5. Bob, I only check this site out once in a while for a change of pace. Don't come here looking for free info. Like I said in my original post that I see something about honeybees and posted. Don't worry won't ask you to fish and the charters I refered to where ones I had done and not that you were a charter guy. Not much to post about Ontario open water fishing for me. I have other sites that I share plenty of info and banter on that are geared for those waters that the members fish. Never spent much time on the sub boards as again not much on them about areas I fish that are close to home. Still a nice site with some good reports and photos. Longline - the fishing for salmon and trout is improving and both states are working hard on the lamprey issue. There has been a group of us working hard behind the scenes to help keep getting treatments done. They are getting wounding rates way down but still have a little ways left to go to get to target levels of the program. Fishman - I launch out of Port Douglas and fish that area and to the south. There is a pretty good population of salmon but you gotta be willing to freeze in order to really get into them. Oct thru Dec is one of the best periods to troll for them, just hard to find a place to launch that won't beat up the boat.
  6. Not much for where I fish - you do realize that people fish other places then Ontario right azz hat. Doesn't take much to be a mod on this site does it ding-dong. Sorry to deprive you of the one or 2 charters that I do per year, learned way more about the lures and rigs from that then here. I like reading about fishing so bite me. There are alot of good folks that have posted links for various tackle suppliers and I see these lures mentioned so I posted a link and get attacked by a mod of all members - way to set an example to the members. For those who have posted links, thanks as I am always looking for possible tackle sources that might carry lures in the sizes and patterns we use on Champlain and in the Adirondacks. For the other member that was wondering if it is a new owner - it is the same guy, he moved to Indiana so they are still the same lures. We have good luck with these spoons on Champlain. He is very good to do bussines with, he has done some custom patterns for me. To the other members my comments to the mod are in no reflection on how I feel about this great site, you guys post some great reports and pics - thanks for the good reads.
  7. Hello all, been a member for some time now but have never posted. Some great reports and info are shared here and I figured I would add something. I am attaching a link to a great little company out of Indiana called Tamiron Sporting Goods. He caries a full line of trolling tackle and tapes - the tapes are very bright and easy to use along with being very durable. This tackle is proven on Lake Champlain for trout and salmon. I don't see why they wouldn't produce on Ontario as well. I know you folks were looking for an excuse to buy more stuff so here ya go. http://websearch.cs.com/gw/boomframe.js ... ron.com%2F
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