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  1. Good question, sorry for the lack of context. Traps are simple fish sampling gear, basically metal or plastic rings rings with mesh socks. they sit on the lake bottom and help us figure out in which habitats Lake whitefish and Cisco spawn. Trying to figure out what is keeping those populations down, our best current hypothesis is egg incubation habitat. Got the motor today and it is Awesome! Burly is a better description. Every part on a trolling motor that I have ever seen break (or broke myself) is reinforced on this thing.
  2. I think I can get them fixed Garyw but thanks. Excellent info, Thanks Cap!
  3. Anyone have prop repair place they recommend (stainless)? I’m in Oswego but would drive wherever. Left a message for Prop Healer in Oswego but wondering if there are others out there.
  4. Thank you for the input all! We have an 84” Rhodan on its way from Rigged and Ready in NC. It’s main use will be to hold us in place while setting egg traps this November.
  5. 27’, aluminum cab that kind of sail like. Would one of those 72-80” , 36v trolling motors with spot lock / gps anchor hold a boat in a 10 knot wind? Hold for maybe a minute?
  6. Also interesting that Fulton chain smelt numbers seem up the same year LO smelt are more abundant
  7. U have tried everything I would have suggested, Your smelt reasoning makes sense to me. Have you tried increasing your speed for the LLS?
  8. Similar sizes at a given age, but sometimes the hatch can be better in one lake than another. Alewife born this summer are generally anywhere from larvae (1/2 inch) from alewife that spawned in August or as big as 2” for the adults that spawned in late June /early July. Alewife born last year are 4-5” by now. A few alewife get to 10” in LO and maybe most of the Fingers. we worked up some legit 12” Alewife from Kueka a few years back. They were amazing, looked like Atlantic Ocean alewife !
  9. Suggests the shock from warm to cold changes ion concentrations leading to tremors and loss of equilibrium. These papers and the news articles talk about upwellings as temperature shocks....but swen it was calm and alewife were dying it made me wonder if cold shock also happen when prey avoid surface predators and disturbance as in the picture (from GreatLaker). Stanley and Colby - 1971 - Effects of Temperature on Electrolyte Balance and .pdf
  10. Rolmops, I’ve been thinking similarly to your lots of super vulnerable alewife, emerging from deep dark winter water, all thin and in poor condition being super easy pickings leading to stuffed predators. I started to wonder if this phenomenon has an effect , whether it partially contributes to “transition” time each year.
  11. Fished 3 hrs in afternoon out of Long Pt, was laker fishing managed 2, one on glow gambler rig 65’, another on a chute copper , DW blue leopard , we didn’t know was there till we picked up. Best screens south of point
  12. A bunch of dead and dying small alewife on the surface out at Sandy Creek today too. Still looking for that elusive first coho....could also use a net man who can scrap up big LTs and not knock them off the hook. I guess that is why his handle is “Great Laker” and not “Great Netter”. It was a big old cool dinosaur of a fish, hit a spin n glo behind a cowbell, 85’ or so. Good times!
  13. Keeping the alewife spawn timing and ages straight can be counterintuitive. Alewife definitely come inshore early, but more to eat (or die) vs to spawn. Spawning is more like late June, July, even early August. Spawn Can be earlier in embayments. An abstract about LO alewife spawning, (here) from a great fisheries scientist and friend . PM me if u want the paper. Bruce is spot on with calling them age-1 or yearlings. I see some posts talking about these small alewife as YOY , but the YOY or young of year (from this year) won’t be around until July or Aug and will be tiny then . Ultimately they grow to 3 or 4 inches by winter. These 3-4 inch fish are age-1 and as many are seeing can be REALLY abundant in the spring when spawning and survival conditions are right the previous year, but they will draw every predators attention, I loved the post about jack perch chowing them. Bruce your observation about the few adults is key, and A-L-A’s points about multiple hatches too! It doesn’t take many adults if conditions are right and we seem on the right warming track this year so far. The work we did with Brockport showed even a few age 1 fish ( very few, only big ones ) could spawn....but it’s not thought they help much. What’s most fun to contemplate is what happens with wild kings in a year like this when there are so many similar sized Alewife, does their survival shoot up...which then boosts predatory pressure that crop alewife back down? I’m all fired up to fish with Great Laker on Friday, still looking for my first coho! no wasted fish flesh right VP! I know, this pic both resembles and describes me
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