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  1. Just throwing this out there but there seems to be a lot of hybridization between coho and chinook, does this produce a stile offspring like splake or other hybrids? Could the hatchery be accidently taking some sterile hybrids? Would love to see some skeena river steelhead added to the lake as well as seaforellen browns.
  2. Georgian bay, part of lake huron has a self sustainting population of chinook that is supported by smelt and not alewife. Fish are smaller but the population is still healthy. Don't think the Chinook are going away anytime soon, decline in size and numbers maybe but short of targeted erratication effort they will be with us for a long time. The atlantic salmon program has a slim chance of success they are a more sensitive species for sure. I'm not againt catching them but we're tying up a lot of funding and effort that could be better used elsewhere in my opinion. Not to mention canadian management decisions are negatively impacting returns of rainbow and chinook to support a non existent atlantic salmon fishery. I don't understand the logic behind supporting native over naturalized species. Humans are part of the natural environment and ecosystems have constantly changed over time. We've accelated those changes in many cases but we are talking about successful sport fish that have high cultural and economic value, not an invasive pest species. Chinook are in some ways better adapted to our warmer rivers as they only spend a short time in the river system before smolting out to the lake. Coho, atlantics and rainbow spend longer in the river system and are more susceptible to high temperatures and droughts. Lake trout are obviously highly adaptable but suffer from poor natural reproduction and are not as desirable by the majority of anglers. Back to gene editing, I would support its use after thorough testing. It's probably the only plausible way to erraticate the zebras which would be benifical to most sportfish. Walleye and sheephead did well before their introduction so I still don't see any potential negative impact of their eradication.
  3. No I don't so. The zebras are trapping a large portion of nutrients that could be (and was in the past) available to game fish higher on the food chain. Pretty much everything did better before the zebra mussles invaded. Would you rather have that biomass available as baitfish or as zebra mussle? I know what I would choose. You can argue if alewifes are a good food source but I can't see any positive impacts from zebra mussle.
  4. I grew up on Georgian bay and the salmon were never as big as lake ontario, 36 pounds was the biggest fish officially recorded. I remember big schools of alewifes showing up in the spring lots of gulls feeding on them. There are still small numbers of alewife around but now it's the smelt populations that support the salmon fishery. Good numbers of salmon are still around and lots of natural reproduction, its not all gloom and doom. Lots of fish in the 15 pound range are caught while the derby winner is usally mid 20s now instead of low 30s. The smelt are smaller then the alewifes so you're not going to see the bigger fish anymore but still good days fishing to be had and the population is stable. I was up there a few years ago and the run was bigger then I ever remember.
  5. Up on the north shore kingston area they have taken over all the islands and killed off most of the trees. In the laSt two years new colony's have moved to the shorelines killing off more tree and taking over the few good spots to fish from shore. In the spring box nests are placed on some of the island, I'd assume for some of the other bird species but the cormorants take them over. Great to see our government helping to spread their population. There was a bill introduced to allow hunting but haven't heard much about it lately. Hope a couple of raccoons get released on those islands, they have no predators to contol the numbers.
  6. Read through the 50 pages and counting on the michigan sportsman forum and they are pissed off with the lake trout agenda thats being pushed. Hope it's not too late for them to save their salmon fishery. It's a real wake up call for what is happening on lake ontario and we need to put the pressure on before it's too late. We keep hearing that cutting lake trout is a long term discussion but that discussion needs to start now.
  7. Interesting, in the early days of the salmon program you see similar yoy alewife numbers in 1978 & 1979, these were two of the coldest winters on record. Shows the cyclical nature of the lake.
  8. Wow tripled on atlantics, that must be a first outside of the grocery store!
  9. Was a 29 pound football king caught a few days ago so there's gotta be some food in the lake.
  10. 20-40% of the phosphorus comes from lake erie, the rest from rivers and non-point sources like farm run-off.
  11. Ontario just made 8 separate 12hr round trips with the stocking truck to deliver 160000 lakers to lake ontario, our money well spent for sure. 150000-200000 delivered each year for the last 3 years from the hatchery in northern ontario.
  12. Lots of walleye in the lake the last two year classes were near record due to the cold winters that supressed the alewifes. These things are cyclical,don't forget the last two winters were the coldest since Pacific's were introduced to the lake.
  13. I do alot of kayak fishing for spring browns and use the church tx-6. Small board hardly and drag when pulling them, they get out to the side decently in the kayak but not as far as the larger boards but can be rigged to slide down when a fish hits. The clips won't work well with braid so you'd need to replace them. Good for spoons and sticks.
  14. Thought the swoosh swoosh sound was the sound of thousands of cormorants arriving each spring