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  1. schreckstoff

    Oswego 3/27

    Small browns were all eating Goby, one of the bigger ones had eaten 5 yearling Alewife....maybe a positive sign for the 2018 Alewife yearclass.
  2. Successful shakedown. Found a half dozen browns. Spoons & sticks off boards, most were in shallow. Fire tiger was good early. Water temps 35-36, good color to the east.
  3. schreckstoff

    Salmon genetics - something to think about

    "Emerald shiner numbers are not studied, just alewives.Smelt are not studied also and the total forage is unknown ": Check out the prey fish reports sections the in NYSDEC Lake Ontario units annual reports here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27068.html. Lots of great info in them, for instance, the 2014 report (section 12) evaluates results of multiple surveys studying Rainbow Smelt.. Time is limited at public meetings. Don't assume if you don't hear about something we don't study it. We have mountains of data on Rainbow smelt and total forage and a decent understanding about what drives their patterns.
  4. schreckstoff

    Lake Ontario Fisheries History Lesson

    Bumping Rebel's post, its a great read. This is my favorite part: "We were fisheries biologists," he said in an interview. "We were not there to solve a beach problem. We were there to build a fishery." He likened his approach to that of a rancher who stumbles upon an island the size of Lake Michigan that is overgrown with grass. "Do you think he'd say, 'I could put some cows on that island and shorten that grass?'" he asked. "That is not what he's going to say. He's going to say, 'My God, I can raise more beef than you ever saw in your life.'
  5. HYPOTHETICALLY, if there would ever be a central NY-based, weekend-held event, where Lake Ontario fisheries and research information was presented and discussed, what topics would the LOU members be most interested in? Anything, from nerdy details about survey calculations to where Threespine stickleback are most abundant to drivers of smallmouth bass population dynamics...what are you curious about and have never had answered as well as you would have liked? Again, completely hypothetical....but you never know who might read this thread and get some ideas! shreckstoff
  6. FYI: In honor of Dr. Howard Tanner’s 95th birthday, (Which is today), MSU Press is offering a special pre-publication discount code on his upcoming book (Release date of Dec 1, 2018), Something Spectacular, My Great Lakes Salmon Story! To receive this discount, visit the book page at http://msupress.org/books/book/?id=50-1D0-44D9#.W47F_c5KiUk or call (800) 621-2736 and use the code TANNER18 when prompted to receive 20% off.
  7. There are 3 new buoys in front of the power plant just northeast of Oswego NY. They are yellow 'spar' buoys like the image below and are in depths of 50, 150, and 300 feet. They have gone through the Coast Guard permitting processes but we wanted to make local anglers aware of them. They are part of a Dreissena mussel growth experiment, lead by the NOAA Great Lakes Office and assisted by the local USGS office. Growth 'pods' on the lake bottom contain measured mussels of different sizes. We'll check the mussel sizes in the fall, then set them without surface buoys and check them again next spring to understand how mussels grow over a season. The vertical lines have been kept as tight as possible but please stay clear of them. There is a short (15 foot) surface line to help us hoist them out of the water. After finally setting up my first wire dipsy rods, I know first hand how expensive it could be to snag and lose a rig. If you would like more info pm or email me. bw
  8. Congrats & awesome post! I agree this site is one of a kind for great people and information sharing. I had the good fortune to fish with Gill T last week & my hand was cramped for 2 days after reeling in many Kings.
  9. This is one of the best figures I know of for illustrating Great Lakes phosphorus trends. It’s from a paper by Dove and Chapra published in 2015, freely available, link below. When my colleagues say “oh no preyfish are declining in all Great Lakes” I point to this figure and reply, “Yes they have to be”! Figure Caption: Trends of open lake, spring (April–May) total phosphorus (TP) concentrations (μg P/L) for the Great Lakes. The existing GLWQA TP target concentrations are shown as the horizontal dashed lines. The additional data points (circles) for Lake Michigan prior to 1983 are taken from Chapra and Dobson (1981), Scavia et al. (1986), and Lesht et al. (1991). The whole paper can be read here: https://aslopubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/lno.10055 Great discussion
  10. schreckstoff

    Lake Ontario Bait fish trawls

    Can't comment on the trawl catches till all the data is in, but I do want to apologize to the all the ride - alongs that did not get to go out this year on the Kaho. It has been (and continues to be) a an incredibly tough year with weather and mechanical issues. Our crew and administrators have done an amazing job keeping us on the water, but we just couldn't get everything done and accommodate observers. The Lake Erie group was able to send us a substitute engineer to help with our scheduling! Many years of surveys left (at least from my standpoint) so we'll get everyone out that wants to. There is a survey in the fall (late Sept, early October) for benthic prey fish (Sculpins, Goby) where we measure Alewife condition, if you're interested pm this account or ask Rebel or Gill-T, lots of folks have my work email.
  11. Has anybody been looking? I bet the prey fish biologists would be interested to know if Alewife or Goby, or anything else was in those stomachs.
  12. https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/columnists/paul-smith/2018/02/21/smith-alewife-hit-record-low-lake-michigan-2017/356786002/
  13. schreckstoff

    Sodus Bay Cisco’s

    Some interesting historical reading, including Cisco http://www.glfc.org/pubs/TechReports/Tr60.pdf
  14. schreckstoff

    Any idea what kinda minnow this is?

    Looks like a Banded Killifish http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/94603.html Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  15. schreckstoff

    Deer Hunters Shouldn't Turn Against Each Other

    Cool video, I agree! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United