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  1. Was out on saturday north shore near Cobourg and can confirm what Gill-T reports, lots of bait with few hooks and lots of shakers. bait was loaded from 30 to 100 fow. Riggers were shaking multiple times when running through the bait, did get two nice fish in the 20# range, should be back out Thursday.
  2. For what it's worth If you look at the 2018 YOY salmon river seining catch rate it was the lowest since 2008 and 2017 was average to slightly above. Added to the reduced stocking over the last 2 years it indicates we should see fewer fish next year but potentially more 4 year old fish. Lake Ontario was also hit harder proportionally by the winter of 2014/2015 than lake Michigan. It's possible that Michigan has recovered quicker than Ontario due to that, just a theory though, we'll see next year. It sounds like 2019 was a good hatch of wild salmon so it's not all doom and gloom but maybe a temporary reduction of fish in the lake for the next few years. But who knows, nature is a hard thing to predict sometimes, I'll be fishing either way. On another note the biggest salmon in 20 years were caught in lake huron and Georgian bay derbies this year so bait has definitely rebounded. its mostly smelt now in Georgian bay but lots of it marked in the last few years.
  3. I was talking about Atlantics being caught in Adolphus / Quinte, that's what the distribution map that was posted was showing the highest concentration. I know lots of lakers are caught in the east end around the Gap but never heard of an Atlantic caught there.
  4. How many fish were tagged? Were they tracked by the receiver network or by the pop off trackers? I've never heard of one being caught in the bay of quinte and that's where the map shows the highest concentration of fish.
  5. Is down the St Lawrence river belly up a valid choice?
  6. What's the shallowest you'd run them? Do they work in the spring in shallow or more of summer tactic?
  7. I'm going to say 1-2 weeks, he was probably timing his way around the north shore with the net pen releases, kinda like making your way around the buffet table.
  8. Here's an image I created showing end of march conditions for Lake Ontario going back to 2007. The images vary by a few days each year due to cloud cover I tried to pick the clearest image to show the year to year changes. Lots of ice in the north east corner of the lake this year but lots of rain over the weekend has it melting fast.
  9. The best fishing in years did not occur on the north shore of the lake, its pretty clear the conditions this year kept the majority of salmon on the south shore. I'm skeptical about another 20% cut being needed (40% total now) with no additional cuts to lakers. You can't argue depleted baitfish while pushing the laker numbers that just smells of an agenda. We are still seeing the effect of the cold winter on chinook size, let's see what happens next year. If size is up its because of the last few warm years and nothing to do with stocking cuts.
  10. I'd like to see both the NYDEC and OMNR publicly release the forcast algorithm so we can see what factors go into their decisions. This information should be available to the public if they want our trust.
  11. The Huron/Ontario comparison is not valid, just look at the whitening event and algea blooms on Lake Ontario this year there's a massive amount of food for the baitfish this year. It doesnt sound like they are doing another 20% cut to lake trout. Chinook and lake trout cuts need to be done equally if only to show they are not favoring lakers. Does anyone know if that's the case?
  12. This already happened in canada, browns were moved to a less suitable hatchery as well to make way for more atlantics.
  13. I have not had the knots slip on 19 strand, I just use the standard wire knot. I haven't used roller guides or twili tip and very minimal wear to the eye after about 30 fishing trips. I only get out half dozen times a year so it works for me, if you're out all the time I could see the need for roller or twili.
  14. List of introduced species to north america off the top of my head: honey bees, dogs, cats, sheep, cattle, horses. I wonder how many advocating for the removal of pacific salmon from the great lakes own a dog or cat. Pure stupidity in my opinion to advocate against such a successful program in the great lakes that brings joy to thousings and bring in millions to the local economy.
  15. They've been saying michigan has bait issues much worse than ontario yet there have been numerous 30 pounders and a few over 40 caught this year and fish appear very fat. Obviously it's difficult to accurately measure the true baitfish population of the great lakes with thousands of square miles of surface area. I think being cautious is a good thing but if this hole in the population doesn't effect the Chinook population or average size, I think the models need to be adjusted. So far all I see is average water temperature and growing season that seem to effect the size and population and migration pattern of the Chinook.
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