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    Sodus
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    Hunting deer
    Fishing trout salmon perch and walleye
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    Sodus Bay
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    Fishin' Physician Assistant

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  1. Admittedly, I never fish Lakers on purpose after June.... that being said, I've found that lakers are voracious goby and sculpin eaters. They DO eat alewife, and a lot of them at times, but I suspect it is more of a prey of opportunity for them. Lakers are bottom dwelling and live in cold water- so they have a slow metabolism and are... lazy. I think they'll smack whatever swims by. What I've found in the last 3-4 years is less alewife in lakers. In fact, it's rare that I clean a laker with an alewife anymore. Is that because they are just eating more gobies, or because there's less alewife? I'm not sure. Regardless, I appreciate that the dec agreed to reduce laker stocking. If the bait is as bad as they say, reducing predation in all ways makes sense. I'd hate to see what happened in Michigan, with less and less kings and more lakers... The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  2. FYI- I believe that both lamprey and alewife predate the seaway by about a century. Those are byproducts of the Erie Canal. The seaway is responsible for almost 100 other invasives though! The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  3. The July, I had a morning with my kids and the lake was flat calm, so we did a short trip. We got out late (6:30) and left early (10) but still did pretty well on big browns, including a 13 lb fish that my daughter has going on her wall. Enjoy! The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  4. We've already seen that, to some extent, with bloaters and Whitefish here.... and with other native species in Lake Huron. Problem is, that will do nothing for our Kings (they will eat herring or die), and along with lakers they are the only apex predators that can survive in our system at present. https://buffalonews.com/2018/10/12/why-scientists-want-to-bring-back-the-bloater-chub-to-lake-ontario/ The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  5. So true!!!! Man I hate to say it, but the data i see just doesn't look great. I won't be surprised by more cuts. As Brian Wiedel says, the bait isn't GONE, there are billions of them still, but the overall abundance is down. Caution is wise, and Michigan is seeing a rebound and a ton of HUGE kings the last few years... The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  6. The lake fishing has been nothing short of spectacular for 3 years running. Lots of kings and they're available most of the season. No complaints there. In fact, the lake fishing has been epic April- early August. The issue now is the almost complete absence of a staging king fishery on any port not named Oswego or pulaski, and dwindling stream returns on basically all of the central and western basin tributaries The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  7. Rick beat me to it. I stand corrected on the Caledonia notion. However, I must say that using the tagging truck that we already have to make the data more robust would certainly be good. Overall returns were better for pen reared sr chinooks, though there WAS some year to year variability, and more data would help to clarify those inconsistencies. The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  8. A few things: 1. I move my boat throughout the year, and for good reason. We fish sodus in April and early May, Olcott in May and June, sodus again in June and July, and the oak in early August. That's not an accident. Each port has a good "time" to fish it (and we follow the fish). What I've seen is progressively better king fishing out west in May and June and progressively worse August "stager" fishing everywhere over the last 10 years. The fish are becoming more migratory, in that more fish head west early and almost all the fish end up east In September. Different ports benefit from this at different times, but it is important that people realize this is happening. These fish are evolving to our lake in real time (know in evolutionary circles as punctuated equilibrium). 2. Though it would be hard to prove, the notion that the Caledonia hatchery PREVENTED salmon from imprinting exclusively to the salmon river makes sense. Without being imprinted, the salmon used to end up in whatever outflow seemed viable when they got the call to spawn. How else can you explain salmon ending up in all the little tiny feeder creeks throughout the lake? They weren't stocked or born there! Now, with all the salmon coming exclusively from the salmon river, they are all pre-programmed to end up there. We may confuse some of that programming with pen rearing, but we cannot entirely undo it! Take a look at the data about straying... and that was before all the fry came from salmon river! 3. We have Terrible bank conditions on most of our tributaries, and that's only getting worse. They are silting more and more, and with reduced tree cover they are warmer. It delays the run significantly, I believe. The hot weather and weird wind has been holding back the kings for weeks now. The exception here is the salmon river. 4. Stream guys should WANT more kings and better king fishing. Alewife are not particularly good for steelhead survival and reproduction, and they are just plain terrible for Atlantic salmon. If you ever hope to restore native Atlantic's, for example, optimal alewife control is vital. Vince, I loved your response. Kings are an absolute savior to this lake and need to be treated as such! I believe that they are key to eventually restoring some of the native species as well! The lake can certainly support both pacific salmon and native species. In the current environment, none of the other species can thrive unless we control alewife optimally. Even warm water fish like perch and walleye depend on salmon for alewife control! The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  9. Slice the gills, head down in a cooler for 5 mins, then gut them and clean out their abdominal cavity. I immediately put in ice. It is excellent, if done properly! The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  10. Lucky, we are all biased. You didn’t need to take a shot there though The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  11. I catch them on skein off the Charlotte pair while also casting Cleo’s The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  12. By the way- sounds like guys are all finding the smaller fish the last few weeks, as mature stagers become more finicky and guys are focusing more offshore. I saw the same on Sunday out of Sodus The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  13. I saw and read the report. It is at the very least concerning, and indicates that what the dec has been advocating is probably wise. This year I saw a ton of bait, and I had some trouble reconciling what I saw with what the data showed... That being said, a very important concept in scientific literature is that observational data sucks. I’m not saying that’s it’s useless... but it’s kind of useless. We need consistent, reproducible, verifiable data to make any meaningful inferences about what to do... I would argue that the places they are trawling (specifically a small “hole” directly off the bar) should be remedied, but overall the data seems sound. The issue now isn’t the 2013/2014 class as much as overcoming the shortcoming of their spawning for several years, and the increased predation on the other year classes because of their absence. A few average or above average years (hopefully starting with the 2019 yoy) and we will be out of the woods! We’ve gotta weather the storm. If we are wise, this soon will pass and our beloved salmon fishery will continue to thrive. Remember, we have not felt ANY pain from sticking cuts yet. If next year is down, it will be the first time. The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  14. King hunter, the fishing has been very far from abysmal anywhere on the south shore at any time this year. The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
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