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  1. Well Ed was with us on the boat last year when I caught my very first salmon (36lbs) so I still thank him from the bottom of my heart. Thanks Ed! Regards Claude
  2. Sorry your wright it is Ed but he did not help me out. Maybe because I am French! lol Respect Claude Here is Ed. http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e64/ClaudeLaj/DSC00220.jpg
  3. Hi Big-o, I went fishing last Tuesday and I bought some tackle at Don's tackles, and after I ask him where was the fish and he answered that he did not know. So I guest you have to be friend with him. Respect Claude Ps: The fish were: big ones in the 90' - 100', the smaller ones were in the 300' ( allot of them)(5-10lbs)
  4. I can not reach that number from where I am. Thanks anyway!
  5. Hi, My wife and are going to Bay of Quinte this Saturday and would like to have a guide with us. We are not rich so we can not afford a charter, not even an hotel room. We can pay something but not much. We have a Princecraft Hudson DLS SC with a 90HP, 2 downriggers etc... Thank you for reading me. Regards Claude
  6. Salut du Quebec! Bienvenue d'avance au pays des reves. Welcome in advance to our country where you dream fish are at best!!! Respect Claude
  7. Hi, Maybe you don't have the right beads. (black for steel and red for braid) There is 2 kind, one for steel cable and one for braid. Regards Claude PS: a drop of glue on it!
  8. Water levels in the Great Lakes are nearing record lows this year. Jim Biddle, the owner of Biddle Marine Services in St. Williams, Ont. told The Star that boaters on Lake Erie were "playing Russian roulette", adding that "boaters are running into rocks a mile off shore." According to Environment Canada, Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior were already running below the 100-year average last year, and now all the Great Lakes are running below that average — Lake Erie at 22 cm below average, Lake Ontario at 23 cm below average, Lakes Michigan-Huron at 63 cm below average and Lake Superior at 34 cm below average. The main reason for the low water levels in the lakes this year is due to the warm winter and dry summer. Last winter was considered to be the warmest in decades according to Environment Canada, producing little to no snow pack around the lakes and the lowest 'total accumulated ice coverage' on the lakes since records began back in 1972-73, and this past summer was extremely dry from coast to coast. The entire Great Lakes Basin is above sea level, with Lake Superior the highest at 180 metres above sea level, then Lakes Michigan and Huron at 176 m, Lake Erie at 174 m, and Lake Ontario lowest at 74 m above sea level. The St. Lawrence River runs downhill from there to the east coast. Any water in the Great Lakes will generally obey gravity and cascade down through the waterways until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean. Water that would have normally been stored up in the snow pack and lake ice during the winter, for slow release during the spring melt, was instead free to run its course through the lakes. With very little rainfall making it out of the drought-stricken U.S. this spring and summer to replenish this lost water, levels have dropped to their current state. There is a human component to this, of course. The lakes have always had a natural way to limit the amount of water that can flow out of it at any time, in the form of the rivers that interconnect the lakes. Dredging of these rivers, to allow for larger commercial vessels to pass through them, have also opened up the way for more water to flow through them, thus depleting the lakes at a faster rate. The low water levels may have been partially responsible for the mass deaths of thousands of fish in Lake Erie two weeks ago. Examination of the fish found that they died due to natural causes when oxygen levels dropped in the lake. This may have been caused by an algae bloom, or possibly a sudden 'lake inversion', where a cooling of the surface of the lake — by stormy or windy conditions — causes the oxygen-rich upper layer of lake water to exchange with the oxygen-deficit lower layer, suffocating any fish near the surface. In either case, the lower the water levels in the lake, the easier it would be for either of those scenarios to cause the die-off.
  9. CBC – 12 hours ago Canadians who spend time fishing or swimming in lakes and rivers across the country may have encountered an unfamiliar creature lurking in the waters. Reports of freshwater jellyfish — a species called Craspedacusta sowerbii — seem to be on the rise in parts of the country, sparking questions about how they got there. Boaters and swimmers have described seeing the jellyfish in waters across Ontario, including the Bay of Quinte and Belmont Lake, according to the Toronto Star. Eva Pip, a biologist at the University of Winnipeg, says that the rising frequency of jellyfish sightings over the last few years — especially in eastern Manitoba, where they are even rarer — seems to be an indicator of an ecological change. But she says it's hard to tell whether that change is positive or negative. "A number of other species, too, are either increasing or decreasing," said Pip, adding that many factors may be responsible. "Obviously the climate is different now than it used to be, especially these last few years …We've also had more human activity in the form of disturbance and pollution, and under those sorts of conditions, you get community changes." The umbrella-shaped C. sowerbii jellyfish are small compared to their saltwater counterparts, reaching a diameter of about 2.5 centimetres when fully grown. They feed mostly on plankton and are harmless to humans. Despite their rarity in the past, there have now been reported jellyfish sightings in more than 100 lakes and rivers in Ontario and over 50 in Quebec, according to a website run by biologist Terry Peard. He told the Toronto Star that he received several hundred reports in 2012 alone. Claudia Mills, a research scientist specializing in jellyfish at the University of Washington, says that fluctuations in jellyfish could just be part of a natural cycle. She explains that jellyfish embryos, called polyps, form on the bottom of lakes, but don't always develop into an adult medusa form, unless conditions are favourable. "It can be years between sightings," Mills said. "There are jellyfish years where they bloom all over the place and then they're not seen again for several." While natural cycles may account for fluctuations in the jellyfish population, Pip says they have been having an especially productive peak recently. Based on observations of other animal species, she doesn't rule out the impact of recreational activity or rising water temperatures, but adds that until there is more research, she doesn't think it's much of a concern. "If we have further increases in their population, then maybe it will be easier to see what kind of impact they're having on the ecosystem on the whole," Pip said. "Now they're still a minor component of the ecosystem."
  10. Hi , I called them and they told me that they do not know about this problem and they had no complaint about it. Next one is Hummingbird. Regards Claude
  11. Hi thanks for the tip, I will order an airmar transducer. Regards Claude
  12. Hi, I am just asking because here if we leave it outside during winter it will not work the next summer or 2. Thanks for answering. Claude
  13. Environment Minister Peter Kent is in Washington, DC today, meeting with Lisa P. Jackson, his U.S. counterpart from the Environmental Protection Agency to sign a new, updated Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Originally signed in 1972, the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement is a joint effort between Canada and the United States to protect and restore the Great Lakes. Previously revised in 1978 and 1987, the agreement deals with each country's responsibilities in maintaining the health of the lakes, and discusses specific issues such as pollution, water quality and biodiversity. [ Related: Naturally-occurring 'lake inversion' suspected in Lake Erie fish die-off ] The agreement also identifies certain 'Areas of Concern' that have one or more, as they phrase it, 'beneficial use impairments' — changes in the biological, chemical or physical conditions of the lake that cause, for example: restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption, drinking water restrictions, drinking water taste and odor problems, beach closings, degradation of phytoplankton and zooplankton, or loss of fish and wildlife habitat. There are currently 42 Areas of Concern identified by the agreement, most of which coincide with lakeshore communities on both sides of the border. Details aren't being made public until after the agreement is signed this afternoon, but it is expected to include new commitments regarding invasive species, climate change, habitat protection and biodiversity in the Great Lakes. According to his post on the EPA's It's Our Environment Blog, Cameron Davis, one of the U.S. negotiators of the updated agreement, says that it will also place more emphasis on preventative measures and allow for more public input. According to Environment Canada's Great Lakes webpage, at 2pm EDT today, you can watch a live video of the signing of the Agreement.
  14. Concerned about the future of our water resources? Talk to someone from Georgian Bay. They’re living in that future By David Newland | Maclean's – 15 hours agoEmailPrintWater levels are down on all the upper Great Lakes this year. Perhaps that’s no surprise, given the widespread drought in central North America—but on Georgian Bay, the water has been dropping steadily for years, and the results, especially among the iconic 30,000 Islands, are increasingly visible. Concerned about the future of our water resources? Talk to someone from Georgian Bay. They’re living in that future. Cottage and homeowners have extended their docks multiple times to reach the water. Some mow lawns where there once were beaches. (The photograph above shows a vast expanse of green in downtown Owen Sound that was underwater just a few years ago.) Marinas are constantly dealing with boat draft and dredging—not to mention the fears of declining business if fishing is affected, or if destinations among the islands are no longer reachable by boat. For municipalities, low water levels lead to concerns about tourism, fishing, pleasure boating, shipping, and crucially, local water supply. Environmentalists, hunters and fishermen worry about the flora and fauna in this world-renowned stretch of Canadian shoreline. Native Americans and First Nations have called the Great Lakes shores home for thousands of years. Their concerns go beyond environmental stewardship to a cultural connection to the Lakes that is unbroken from time immemorial. For those in the shipping industry, or those who depend on it to deliver salt, sand, silica, oil, gravel, coal, ore, or passengers, low water levels mean concerns about their own livelihoods, and the future of shipping on the Bay. It’s worrisome. People are wondering where the water went, and whether it will return. Why does all this matter? Because every issue that affects Georgian Bay water levels threatens the Great Lakes as a whole. 25 million people in the Great Lakes watershed all want, need, depend on fresh water. And there’s nowhere else in the world to look for it. We’re not just talking boating water, fishing water, walking-along-the-boardwalk-admiring-the-view-water. We’re talking drinking water for millions of people. We’re talking industrial power water. The Great Lakes turn the turbines at Niagara Falls that light the streets of New York. Great Lakes water cools the many nuclear power stations dotted around the Lakes. The Great Lakes are the heart of North America, forming nearly the entire southern border of Ontario, and providing eight U.S. states with crucial freshwater ports. The International Upper Great Lakes Study (IUGLS) has looked at the issue and made recommendations—but those recommendations don’t amount to decisive action to curb the loss. The study attributes upper Great Lakes water loss to climate change, low precipitation, degradation of the St. Clair river bed, and post-glacial rebounding of the earth’s crust. “Speed bumps†in the St. Clair river (the sole major outflow for the upper Great Lakes) have been suggested, notably by the Sierra Club, but not approved. There’s nothing, therefore, to stop the water flowing downhill. Increasing the outflow from Lake Superior into Lake Huron-Michigan (they’re technically one body of water, including Georgian Bay and the North Channel) via the St. Mary’s River locks at Sault. Ste. Marie is the only option for raising water levels on Lake Huron-Michigan (including Georgian Bay) that makes use of existing engineering controls. But that would have the obvious detriment of lowering Lake Superior’s water levels as well. And Lake Superior is at the top, as its name implies. The outflow of Lake Superior is ocean-bound, via Michigan-Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River, the Detroit River, Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and ultimately the St. Lawrence River. Together these bodies of water comprise 21 per cent of the world’s surface freshwater. So you can consider the whole Great Lakes watershed a single basin, constantly trickling out, downstream to the ocean. In an ideal world, precipitation keeps the water levels roughly constant. In an ideal world, the problems of the people living in small communities on the Georgian Bay shore would be minor and temporary, rather than indicators for the future of the region. In an ideal world, we could expect to see water levels rise again on Georgian Bay, as the IUGLS study spokesperson has suggested they will. We are not living in an ideal world. We’re living in a world in which a single, sensitive reservoir of the world’s most important resource is visibly drying up. As one commenter noted, and as I have written elsewhere, the terrifying examples of Lake Chad and the Aral Sea should be top of mind for everyone. Did you know 200 million tons of cargo is shipped via the Great Lakes annually, via the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway, a system of locks that allows ocean-going vessels to penetrate nearly to the centre of this continent? Speaking of cargo: at this moment, a hundred towboats are at anchor along the Mississippi River, near Greenville, Mississippi. Despite constant dredging from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through this hot summer, the water in that mighty river is too low right now for the towboats to tug their cargo downriver. Incidentally, the reversal of the Chicago River (a wonder of the world, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers) into the Des Plaines River means there is an outflow from Lake Michigan, into the Mississippi River system—a vast watershed in its own right, facing its own plight. On not-so-faraway Georgian Bay, where locals and cottagers are mowing their beaches and extending their docks again, a lot of people will tell you that’s where the water went. That’s not what the study says. But where the water went is not the key question anyway. The key question is, what are we doing to save the water we have left? Anyone?
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