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    Fishin' Physician Assistant

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  1. Penny- we look forward to it. We really appreciate you reaching out to the ams for our input! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  2. I have heard of successful steelhead spawning. Not as good as kings (as they only need to spend 4-5 months in the stream) where steelies need over a year- but successful spawning none the less. And natural repro has been described for rainbows since the early 1900s. My feeling is that we should have short c&r seasons, when peak spawning tends to happen. Late oct for kings and nov for browns for example- much like we do with bass. And unifying our creel regs on all tribs makes sense to me. Are people opposed to keeping only one brown in stream? Or having the legal size be bigger for steelies? Reducing steelhead creels to one per person on the lake, or god forbid browns to one per person, would absolutely destroy east end charters. Those guys depend on trout April, May, June and even parts of July. The kings just aren’t as common there. So any talk on this front would invite violent pushback from trollers Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  3. rdebadts

    Stevens Court - A Fishing Story

    This is so so good. Much appreciated Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  4. rdebadts

    Is it spring yet?

    Lol, I’m working on that... Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  5. rdebadts

    Is it spring yet?

    I hate winter with deep burning passion- mostly because it keeps me off the big lake. All I can do is watch my videos, and make more. I’m toying with a new intro for my YouTube channel. This is what I came up with. Let me know what you think!! Bring on spring! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  6. rdebadts

    What do you consider a trophy steelhead?

    My goal steelie is 15 lbs- or anything over 32 inches. We did one on our boat last year finally, but it is going on my brothers wall (he caught it). A brown, coho or Atlantic in that range is worthy as well. My goal for salmon is 31+ and laker is 21+. Those are rare fish- in my time owning a boat, with well over 1000 fish boated, we have had 5 that have “made the grade.” Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  7. rdebadts

    Another 20% CUT in Chinook Stocking for 2019

    I see your point, but from a scientific standpoint it is not all that vital to have identical trawls. If you have a sound method, the results should be reproducible and able to compensate for yearly and daily variability. It is interesting to look at the different years- there are some places that always have fish, and some that are quite hit or miss. That variability is what a good scientific method can account for. With as many trawls as they do, it is unlikely that they “missed” enough fish to make a huge difference. Regarding the number of bait sampled- removing the earbones and aging over 1000 fish is more than enough to have high confidence in your results. Obviously more data gives your more confidence, but it rarely changes the result. The other thing I wanted to address is everyone’s contention that they “see a ton of bait on our screens”. As compelling as this seems, from a scientific standpoint there is nothing LESS useful than observational data. Firstly, we are all biased to WANT to see more bait. Secondly, we actively search out bait! Good fisherman fish where the fish are, and a good KiNG fisherman is good at finding bait. It is highly probable that you see the same bait pod several times in a day, as you circle back over productive areas. It’s not that they are ignoring what we are saying- it’s just that the information is relatively useless, given issues with reliability, unconscious bias, etc. I work in medicine and have to be very good at reading scientific papers. I do it all the time. I can spot bad science from a mile away. This looks like sound science. Regardless, we are wasting our time arguing about the science- because for the most part we don’t have a leg to stand on. They are the experts, for better or worse. It is far more useful to argue the meaning of that science and the management changes. I see their point of being conservative, but my biggest question is “when do the cuts get undone?” What are the “ideal” findings that we need next year to get the normal stocking numbers back?? If we have a huge class of 2016 yoy, does that not make up for at least one of the missing classes, considering the boom and bust nature of alewife?? To what extent can our lake support chinook with the bait we currently have?? Should we be doing more to increase natural repro, so that we can be less dependent on the stocking whims of the state?? These are issues where we can have a productive conversation Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. rdebadts

    Planer board how to

    Thanks. Gonna do a few more of these this winter I hope Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. rdebadts

    Planer board how to

    I see guys ask a lot of questions about rigging and techniques, so I figured I would make a few “how to” videos. Here is one about planer boards. I hope it helps!! The Fishin' Physician Assistant
  10. rdebadts

    Fishing Buddies

    I’m out on the piers on the genny a few times a week. Keep a look out for abe- that’s me! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. rdebadts

    Another 20% CUT in Chinook Stocking for 2019

    So is the data is skewed, and it may be, that’s still all they have to work with. It shows a big blunting of the 2016 yoy, which tells me they got feasted on. The big 2012 year class will be out of the system by next year, so that leaves us with one big huge year class, 2 slightly below average classes and two nonexistent year classes. Caution seems advisable. You don’t want to be wrong in the side of too many predators. I get the hesitancy with cuts, as generally something isn’t restored once cut. But correct me if I’m wrong, arent we coming off back to back recording setting fishing?? is it possible that this is due to a well managed lake??????? I think we all want the same thing here guys- good fishing for years to come! The Fishin' Physician Assistant
  12. rdebadts

    Another 20% CUT in Chinook Stocking for 2019

    Perhaps, but the warning signs are there. Diatom concentrations are way down, as are mysis numbers. And quaggas are extending into deeper water. We are in better shape for sure, but as long as quaggas continue to proliferate I am worried. The Fishin' Physician Assistant
  13. rdebadts

    Another 20% CUT in Chinook Stocking for 2019

    The science is that alewife are literally toxic to Atlantic’s- as in if they eat too many, healthy Atlantics will die. They become infertile too. If the idea is to increase Atlantic stocking, this is the exact wrong way to do it. Just sayin... I don’t like it, but I trust steve and Andy. I’d rather err on the side of caution than crash the fishery... Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  14. rdebadts

    oak vs sodus vs oswego?

    Oswego and east should be better right now Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United