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  1. Thank you to everyone who was able to fish in or donated to the Hospice Derby. It was a great success with many fish caught and many smiling faces to match. The Derby raised $1100 and had 27 boats entered (a few large donations were made - thank you). Congratulations to George Countryman of Team Outcast for landing the largest single salmon during the Derby. It weighed 25 lb. and at this time is second in the LOC division and third overall. His check is going to be made out in memory of Patrick "Liberty Call" Lange and he also is being awarded a $100 gift card by Dreamweaver for catching the largest salmon out of Fair Haven. Also, congratulations to Joe Woodward of "Team Runaway" with their three fish box, weighing in at 55.1 lb. Joe's check is going to be made out to Hospice of Central New York in the name "Team Runaway". Joe's team also caught the largest single salmon weighed in at Woody's and will also receive a $100 gift card provided by Dreamweaver. Thank you again to all of our sponsors (Pro-Troll, Danco, Hangry Brand, Bait-Pop, Jack Rosenswie, and Dream Weaver), Woody's tackle shop in Pulaski, Screwy Louie's tackle shop in Fair Haven, and Tommy Allen of Atomic for the use of his scales during this event. We look forward to continuing this now annual event and having it grow each year. Please spread the word for next year, July 5+6 2025. Also, anyone or companies wanting to get involved in sponsoring and promoting this event next year, please reach out to myself or any board members of ELOSTA. Thank you, Phil
  2. It looks like a great start to the derby with several pictures of nice fish already being sent. The pictures and results will be posted by Monday night. Good luck to everyone out there.
  3. If you are able to and plan on fishing the "Fishing for Hospice Fishing Derby" please remember to sign up at Screwy Louie's or Woody's by 6PM on Friday the 5th. In addition to the many generous donations by Bait-Pop, Pro-Troll, Danco, Hangry Brand, and Jack Rosenswie to be randomly given to entrants, Dream Weaver has donated a generous prize to be given to the person catching the largest salmon from each port during the derby (one to each port).
  4. ELOSTA will be hosting the DEC state of the lake meeting on July 17th, at 7:00 PM, at the Mexico VFW. The meeting is open to the public and all fishermen are encouraged to attend. DEC. Biologists and staff will be discussing studies, management strategies, and other topics. There will be an open question and answer session following their presentations.
  5. We just received a box from Bait-Pop through Jack Rosenswie JRC . Both are well established and respected companies wanting to help sponsor this great cause. Thank you. Less than two weeks to go - please register soon at Woody's or Screwy Louie's to help make this event a super success to help raise money for Hospice Care.
  6. If you are writing a check - make the check out to ELOSTA and in the memo put "fishing for hospice". Thank you.
  7. This has been posted on the calendar as well, but thought that it might get some more views here. The Fishing for Hospice Fun Fishing Derby is scheduled for July 6th and 7th with rule sheets and entry forms found at the two weigh stations (Woody's in Pulaski and Screwy Louie's in Fair Haven) . It is for a great cause with a nominal entry fee (additional donations are welcome) and is sponsored through ELOSTA. 100% of the money collected will be donated to Hospice of CNY which services the SE Shoreline of Lake Ontario. Prizes are being donated by Jack Rosenswie, ProTroll, Addya, Indy 500 Spoons, Dream Weaver, and Danco Pliers. We are aware that this coincides with one of the Pro-Ams and are hopeful that those who want to do both are able to. If you have any questions, please reach out 315-709-99 five 8.
  8. No, the meetings are still as they have been. Third Wednesday of each month except August which is after the picnic. Had one last night. Great discussions. The July one is hosting the state of the lake in addition to the normal minutes.
  9. ELOSTA has hosted this on the east end since the old meeting format was scrapped. I do not know who hosts the other regions of the lake. It has been a more relaxed format with a ton of information shared. The more people who attend and get to interact with the presenters the better informed we will be. Plus it is great to hear some other fishermen's perspectives and ideas on the fishery - a good night out. Hoping to see a packed venue.
  10. The East End State of the Lake Meeting will be on July 17th, at 7PM, at the Mexico VFW. Chris LeGard, Steve Hurst, et al... will be there to give information about the latest data and projects as well as to answer questions form the public. It is being hosted by ELOSTA and all fishermen are welcome and encouraged to attend. This has been a worthwhile evening in the past and has taken the place of the large meeting format that used to occur at Pulaski High School.
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    All are welcome and encouraged to participate in this event. This is the second year for this event and we are hoping to grow off of last year's success. This year the event will be over two days with two weigh in locations. It is once again hosted by ELOSTA and sponsored by Jack Rosenswie, Pro-Troll, Addya Indy 500 spoons, Dream Weaver and Danco Pliers. Please see the attached flier and entry form for further details. One is in word and the other is a PDF depending on what your computer is able to open. This is a great way to have some fun while doing some good. Registration forms can be printed off and returned with the entry fee to Woody's or Screwy Louie's by Friday July 5th OR they can be picked up, filled out, and paid for at either tackle shop starting in May. NEW EVENT - Fishing For Hospice 2024.docx NEW EVENT - Fishing For Hospice 2024.pdf
  12. Brewerton Fire Hall Doors open at 9 and close at 1PM Matt French will be doing a seminar at 10:00 and the DEC will be doing one at 11:30AM Food is available from the Fire Department - coffee / donuts/ burgers/ hot dogs/ etc... $2 entry per person - used to help send kids to DEC camp.
  13. The annual ELOSTA fishing flea market and seminars is only two weeks away. March 9th from 9AM to 1PM at the Brewerton Fire Hall on Route 11, Brewerton NY. Tables are more than full with extras having to be added. Seminars by Matt French and DEC biologists and ECO's. Lunch will be available for purchase from the fire department and will help fund their events. 10AM Seminar by Matt French who will be discussing how to fish the transitional period in the mid summer period on the lake. His reputation as an excellent and consistent fisherman is known across the lake - be sure to come with a notepad in hand to help you put more fish in the boat this summer. Class A Sportfishing Follow member Message Captain Matt French | U.S.C.G Licensed Captain Phone: 585-737-9364 Email: [email protected] Boat Docked at Genesee River Boat: Baha Sport Fisherman - 31' overall length and 12' beam width Target Species: Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout President of the Genesee Charter Association as well as a member of the Maritime Consortium. Captain French offers quality Trout and Salmon fishing aboard the “MissDemeanor” in Rochester, NY with the goal of providing a safe and memorable outing for you and your party. 11:30 AM Seminar by the DEC biologists and ECO's. The new management plan for the salmon in Lake Ontario will be presented and clarified as to how they are going to judge how many eggs they need prior to the egg take and what role we as fishermen will have in the process. The ECO's will be discussing some of the most common issues they encounter on the lake with people and some tales of the job. Each will be followed by a question and answer session. This is one that should be attended to better understand where the fishery is going and the high tech approach to better manage it as well as maybe learn something from the ECO's to avoid a future issue and to just a get a good laugh at a story or two. $2 admission per person to help send kids to DEC camp.
  14. Please read this and then consider joining one of the associations. For less than the cost of most attractor paddles / flashers you can join one of the associations that help keep an eye on the fishery, set up meetings, events, and opportunities relating to the great fishery that we all have on Lake Ontario. Numbers matter when these associations talk with local and national politicians over concerns or needs to maintain the fishery as we know it. By joining, you will receive newsletters, be a part of a like minded organization where many contacts and opportunities will be available, and be a part of a larger collective voice. This is time and money well spent, whether you live a few miles form the shoreline or states away. Below find the associations, where they are active, and websites to get further information including membership enrollment information / materials. Copy and paste the URL into the browser or look up the association in google to get to the respective web page. ELOSTA - Eastern Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout Association - covers from east of Port Bay up to Henderson Harbor region of the Lake https://www.elosta.org/ LOTSA - Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association - covers from Port Bay to the Niagara River https://lotsa1.org/ LOCBA - Lake Ontario Charter Boat Association - promotes charter and sportfishing across the lake https://lakeontariocharterboatassociation.com/sign-up/
  15. ELOSTA flea market is on March 9th at the Brewerton Fire Hall from 9AM-1PM with free seminars.
  16. Marine Zone Forecast ...GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM EST THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING... This Afternoon East winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 to 2 feet. Tonight East winds 15 to 25 knots becoming southeast 15 to 20 knots. Rain. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet, then subsiding to 1 to 3 feet. Saturday South winds 15 to 20 knots becoming southwest and increasing to 35 knot gales in the afternoon. Rain showers in the morning, then snow and rain showers likely in the afternoon. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 10 to 13 feet. Waves occasionally around 16 feet. Saturday Night Southwest gales to 40 knots. Lake effect snow in the evening, then a chance of snow showers overnight. Waves 13 to 17 feet building to 18 to 23 feet. Waves occasionally around 29 feet. Sunday Southwest gales to 40 knots becoming west and diminishing to 30 knots. A chance of lake effect snow showers. Waves 17 to 22 feet subsiding to 10 to 14 feet. Waves occasionally around 28 feet. Monday Southwest winds to 30 knots diminishing to 10 to 15 knots. Lake effect snow showers likely. Waves 5 to 9 feet subsiding to 2 to 4 feet. Waves occasionally around 11 feet. Tuesday Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west 15 to 20 knots. Snow showers likely. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 4 to 7 feet. Waves occasionally around 9 feet.
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    Details on the annual ELOSTA fishing flea market and seminars. Door entry of $2 (which helps send kids to DEC camp) gets you great deals and free seminars. Lunch is available from the firehouse and any money spent on burgers etc... helps those guys out as well. ELOSTA normally has the tables sold out pretty fast, so if you are looking to get a table to sell some no longer used or needed tackle, rods, reels, seats, fish finders, anchors, weights, etc... call the number and talk to Bill as soon as you can. Also, be sure to bring a note pad for the seminars offered. Topics and speakers will be solidified as soon as possible. Anyone who went last year can attest to the amount of information shared by the speakers and the deals available from those who were parting with years of accumulated gear. See the flier below with date, location, number to contact, and times.
  18. Details on the annual ELOSTA fishing flea market and seminars. Door entry of $2 (which helps send kids to DEC camp) gets you great deals and free seminars. Lunch is available from the firehouse and any money spent on burgers etc... helps those guys out as well. ELOSTA normally has the tables sold out pretty fast, so if you are looking to get a table to sell some no longer used or needed tackle, rods, reels, seats, fish finders, anchors, weights, etc... call the number and talk to Bill as soon as you can. Also, be sure to bring a note pad for the seminars offered. Topics and speakers will be solidified as soon as possible. Anyone who went last year can attest to the amount of information shared by the speakers and the deals available from those who were parting with years of accumulated gear. See the flier below with date, location, number to contact, and times.
  19. This meeting happened this past Wednesday. See the post with the summary of what was discussed.
  20. A detailed report will be in the ELOSTA newsletter written by Jared, but in summary: they did not have the age breakdown at this time fish looked healthy eggs were large and healthy fish might be smaller due to the number of lamprey affecting the growth of the fish - especially the older fish - might answer your question coho at the hatchery were not as numerous as they normally are at this time, but were larger than what they have seen in the past brown trout were discussed in relation to the new genetics introduced from the oriskany creek and their behavior and the stocking timeline for the east and west end of the lake cormorants have exploded in numbers and the number culled should increase looks like there will be an increase in stocking numbers of around 10% with the baitfish data pinks have shown up in the lower river in numbers not seen before oswego has been on fire in terms of salmon the hatchery is getting a new well, has a new monitoring system, but needs a lot of work to get it to where it really needs to be Mike Connerton has the final creel census data compiled (he was not able to attend the meeting) the new genetics study seems to be going well and might lead to new information in the future about the egg take the new genetics study might help determine further the contribution of natural reproduction to the lake under different environmental conditions and weather events I am sure that I missed some points made as I do not have my notes with me.
  21. Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting last night from up and down the lake and especially DEC personnel ,Tom, Scott, Pete, and the other fisheries tech who came (sorry that I did not get to meet you directly and get your name). Tom and Scott shared a lot of information about the egg take, health of the fish, state of the hatchery, studies updates, cormorant control, and qualitative observations that they had made this Fall.
  22. There is a meeting scheduled for this Wednesday at 7PM at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, hosted by ELOSTA. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this public meeting to get information on the health of the fish coming into the hatchery, egg take, some insight into some of the research being conducted, etc... It is in the fisheries best interest to have you attend and hear firsthand what is being done and the state of the fishery form those who work directly with it and to better it. I look forward to seeing many of you there. Phil Lucason
  23. For those who do not like to read too much, I bolded some of the key points. Try to attend the meeting at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery on October 18th to learn more about this new management plan and other aspects of the hatchery and the fishery. This is not meant to be a dig on anyone, as most people are unaware of how the new plan is going to work. It has in fact changed for the management of kings. If you read the new management strategy they are looking at continuing to balance baitfish and prey fish, but how they are doing it has / is drastically changing with the use of mitochondrial DNA being used to determine the percentage of natural vs hatchery fish. The idea behind it is that there is a lot of natural reproduction occurring mostly in the Salmon River, but also elsewhere in the lake and that in order to manage it properly a different approach was needed. With the new "marking" technique they are able to try a different approach that supplements the natural reproduction. The natural reproduction on a year to year basis is going to drive the number of fish stocked the following year. What this means is that there will be a one year lag in the "balance" / number of fish being released by the hatchery. This was acknowledged at the Spring meeting with DEC at the Mexico VFW in June. The reason for the lag is in the data. The bulk of the necessary data will be collected leading into the stripping period at the hatchery and by the time the data is compiled and analyzed the egg take will be over. The numbers reared at the hatchery will be determined in most part by the prior years' numbers of stocked vs natural and if there are hinderances to the success of the natural reproduction of that class of fish (floods, droughts, temperature, people being allowed to behave poorly, egg quality, numbers of fish returning, etc...) it will impact the fishery 3-4 years out. If the measured natural vs hatchery fish is very high and the numbers from the hatchery are adjusted down the impact of lower natural reproduction due to any of these reasons will be that much more drastic. Out of those causes for lower natural reproduction failure, the only one that we can control is the activity of people and how we impact the system. They asked that we, as fishermen, give them some time to work with this system so that they can work the "bugs" out to try to avoid a boom and bust scenario with the chinook fishery because of the new emphasis / reliance on the natural reproduction, which has a lot of uncertainty. How it all works out in the years to come - it is a wait and see situation. There is going to be a meeting open to the public on October 18th at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery at 7PM to get information on the salmon run, overall health of the salmon, preliminary data from studies, to discuss topics related to the hatchery and management plan with DEC biologists, etc... This has always been a very informative and positive meeting for all who attend. I am sure that they can explain it further at the meeting as the new plan is just that, "new". Hope to see many of you there.
  24. Well, some good news! The group who was netting this morning were not part of the Indians who were spearing etc... earlier. They were caught and arrested. Too many people behaving poorly!
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