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  1. The meeting’s webpage: http://iaglr.org/iaglr2019/ yes, anyone can go to the meeting
  2. Website with instructions: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/112942.html The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF) requests your help with recovering samples of Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018 and continuing until 2021.
  3. Heads up to charters, June 10-14 is a BIG Great Lakes scientific conference hosted at SUNY Brockport. 5 straight days of science blather can be a lot to take and I know a bunch of colleagues are interested in booking trips.
  4. Could also consider voicing concerns to Albany or Washington. Hardworking folks in Avon likely have little time or ability to influence change on federal wildlife decisions.
  5. Spring prey fish trawling finished up last week. Now ages are interpreted, data entered, checked and analyzed. Results will not be ready for another month or so and will be released once they have been checked. The on the water sense was that catches were low,.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. "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.
  9. 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.'
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
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