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  1. walleye stocking lake ontario

    Walleyes don't disrupt. They have been quietly existing all around the lake for many hundreds of years. I and others have caught big beautiful 'eyes while targeting salmonids, particularly in spring, trolling close to shore. And most know of the eastern lake and bays such as Irondequoit and Sodus and of course the Bay of Quinte. But the salmonids rule....even over the beautiful smallies. Truth is the various species populations locally and regionally are always going up and down for various reasons. Many of which are, on a smaller time scale, created by ourselves, as well as the greater natural environment. Anyway, we are blessed to be able to go to so many places not far away and catch so many beautiful and often tasty types of fish!
  2. Fish ID

    Locoman's "pauger" sounds closest. I'd guess maybe a perch/walleye cross. Supposedly sauger in NYS are only in the Lake Champlain watershed. The reflection in the eye suggests a walleye unless just flash reflection, but the body shape and fin colors are all yellow perch. I'd bet a rare YP walleye cross. What waters did it come from....?
  3. Lost Ice Fishing Gear

    Eexcellente!! Glad it was found and returned.....rather then stolen! Have heard enough of that kind of stuff. Great news and thanks for posting at LOU!!
  4. Who's ready??

    Looks like it's ice growing season!
  5. Catskill Trout

    Exxxxelllent!! And those small trout, where plentiful, make for a very tasty 5 fish limit. And only every now and then (years between such meals) so as to not deplete the population! A great romantic and easily prepared meal for two with whatever sides. I believe in C&R, as well as mindful, grateful, respectful of the population, harvest.
  6. Seneca pumpkinseeds

    Some people I know take a fatalistic approach to the changing fishing and water conditions. Everything has it's ups and downs regardless of what we do. I believe we can better observe, research and come to grips towards a positive future (soon future) for our living and personal environments if we put our noses to the grindstone and work at it. There are issues environmentally that we can manage, as long as we work with our environment and respect it as our lifeblood. This is not "pie in the sky" or politically "liberal" thinking. Just my belief. You (we) can make it if you (we) try....
  7. My first giant tuna

    Very nice! But.... what happened to it's head in the second pic? Kinda gross looking. Sweet snag anyhow!
  8. Fly rod bluegills

    I've said it before. Panfishing with a flyrod and poppers for them amongst lily pads is the best! What works even better are small sponge or foam rubber ants with rubber band legs. And you can always get nice large mouths in with them. Mendon Ponds are a personal fav. We once nailed what was a school of smallies at the south end of Canandaigua in the pads there with the normal gills and largemouths. What a blast that was! And as far as flavor is concerned. I'll say sunnies (not their kissing cousins crappies and rockies) are sweeter in flavor than the nearly perfect perch, though the flesh seems somewhat more delicate than perch. They are all good. Often late at night or very early in the morning well before sunup in the summer (calm weather) the sunnies will be surface feeding on emergent bugs in the middle of open water away from any pads, and any small to tiny topwater offering, blind cast in the open to no place in special will murder them.
  9. Finally got out for some walleye (Lake St. Clair)

    Sounds like you had a real fisherman's day! Nice weather? It's over-rated! Fish love the rain wind and murk....And the smaller size mean more for the future!!
  10. White bass

    Caught my first white bass in Irondequoit bay. On small spoons and spinners. They run in schools and hit and play much like smallies, with the same vigor if not power. Definitely fun to get into them. Have found them (stumbled on them actually) working near shore near drop offs near woody structure like trees or limbs of fallen trees. Like crappies but much more fight!
  11. Brook Trout Fishing

    You can find native brookies in several tiny creeks and streams around the countryside. And Lucky13 is absolutely right about asking landowners for permission. One place that is not necessary to ask (have not been there in a while so it might have changed) is Mill creek in Perkinsville. Have stood at the large pool and watched small silvery brookies leaping up the waterfall under the road like salmon, in the fall. There are also browns there. A very large fish in these waters might be 10-12 inches. Most are way smaller. But they are beautiful and tasty too. You might try Flint creek near Potter. It is surprising where these fish still thrive. Mostly people, often children, who live right near these creeks know of the trout there. Don't be afraid to investigate and ask around (bars,local shops,etc.) to find some of these "not a hundred miles away" gems.
  12. SLR bullhead

    NNNniiiiicce!! And those look like nice sized bullhead. Perhaps that bite will still be on to let the grandkids in on the action this year.
  13. So far this ice season!

    Those fat and wide bars on that last perch pic made me double take!
  14. Lake O Pickerel

    By the way, world record for pickerel is 9lbs. 6oz. Biggest I caught was a hefty beautiful and hard fighting 4lbs. and at 32in. and broad bodied I thought it would weigh more.
  15. Lake O Pickerel

    Wow. multiple 7lb pickerel in one outing is extraordinary anywhere in the east where picks live. If u caught them in lake o embayments, they must be chowing down on gobies like other fish. And big as that, even bigger pike and musky might be chowing on them (the big picks) in the main lake and/or SLR. Bigger esox will move into accessible big waters for food and comfort.