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Everything posted by tmag

  1. I read an article many years wherein the behavior was viewed as a display of dominance. I've even seen pickerel stick their head out and slap the water before submerging.
  2. Hey All, I was wondering if the Long Point launch on Cayuga is iced up this time of year? Thanks
  3. Nah, I wish I did actually drive by Taughannock, though, checking to see how rough the lake might be but I couldn't get out today.
  4. Dean's Cove is still open though (not frozen)?
  5. The sad part is that the pike are likely native to our waters while the browns, the rainbows, and the salmon were all introduced. Depends upon what you call a nuisance.
  6. That was great. Thanks for sharing.
  7. @longspurs looks like a bunch of painted soft baits layin' on the ice
  8. Quite frankly, depends upon the season and the water temps. That said, I'd go slow sink glider or countdown bait because of the versatility if I literally only had one.
  9. @ Sk8man, beauty photo there
  10. Chinook1981, nice info there and, yes, we need new & different regulations in NYS. In my opinion, it is a pity that, while NYS boasts the North American record pike of 54" / 46 lb. out of Sacandaga many years ago, our regulations do not support good pike fishing. We shouldn't need to go to Canada for such an experience. On another note, considering the North American record mentioned above, I find the dimensions of the fish in question to be doubtful. If that fish was 56", it would probably have been heavier. More than likely, there is a typo in there (i.e. 46" and 28 lb. ??) Those dimensions would make good sense.
  11. One can also see what the DEC says: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/87764.html
  12. A simple web search yields some interesting results: http://www.adkforum.com/showthread.php?t=10666 http://www.icefishin247.com/forum/index.php?topic=10382.0 http://northcountrynow.com/news/cranberry-lake-man-reels-274-pound-northern-pike-weeks-last-chance-ice-fishing-derby-079312 http://www.bobmcnitt.com/bigNYpike.html These last two links go together: http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/jjessman/media/bWVkaWFJZDo1OTE4NjgzMw==/?ref= https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=192099.0 Enjoy!
  13. VHS was detected / confirmed in the Canal back around the time we reference but never "confirmed" in the lake proper, so to speak. The unfortunate thing was that there were so many sick pike caught but none gotten to the DEC. Historically, as a community of fishermen, I think we tend(ed) to assume the DEC was aware or knows about whatever may be happening on the water. The reality is that they are spread thin and they do need & want our feedback & participation. Presently, it would appear that, at minimum, Seneca Lake suffers from the following: -- Lamprey infestation which has significantly affected the trout fishery and could include the largest of pike which become coldwater dwellers after reaching a certain size -- Most likely, VHS has knocked out a significant portion of the esocid fishery (i.e. pike & pickerel) -- There has been an explosion of bait especially alewife. This, too, is a problem because alewife predate heavily upon perch fry and also contain the thiaminase enzyme which negatively affects trout growth. However, that is not to say that there isn't something else going on. From just about every angler I speak to, the story seems to be the same: "the fishing is not good on Seneca" And this is across the board from bass fishermen, to trout fishermen, to perch fishermen, to the pike / pickerel fishermen.
  14. And 'Never Ends' description of the red splotches on pike sounds exactly like what we saw 8-10 years ago just prior to the pike die off which sounds like VHS.
  15. Actually, if you catch a fish that is sick, Cornell & the DEC need them. Keep the fish alive, if possible, until they are taken away.
  16. Hey Guys, I received the following from Brad Hammers earlier today: "I also believe lamprey may be having an impact on fish in Seneca Lake. We were delayed treating Catharine Creek by a year and a half due to weather issues and subsequent high flows. And then when we did treat we may not have been as successful as we hoped because of really low flows…couldn’t catch a break during that time span. We are scheduled to treat this coming June and hopefully that will have a major impact on the population. Lampreys seem to target browns and Atlantics first and then lake and rainbow trout. So, to answer your questions regarding when northern population declined, they had plenty of other things to eat. I don’t really thing of lamprey having a huge effect on northerns as they typically attack other species, but I’m sure they can have a minor role in there mortality. " As for the panfish, bullhead, etc. which have been mentioned, it would not appear their mortality would be attributed to lamprey attacks. To second the others on this thread: if you can obtain a sick fish, get them to the DEC, Cornell or a conservation officer speaking of which, below are contact for two: Joshua Crain - 315-775-7168 RJ Gross - 315-408-6086 The are both with Region 8
  17. Hey All, For what it's worth, I'm a member of the Keuka Lake Assocation and the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Assocation along with a couple of other things. Not that any of that matters much to you but I have been at some of the meetings over the past year where both Keuka College and the DEC gave presentations. That being said, I'll throw in my 2 cents coupled up with some personal experience over past decade or so. Forgive me for the long response but I suppose the more information shared is better than less. Tried to keep it relatively organized. First, nice video on pg. 3 of this thread where the scientist from Hobart College speaks. Similarly, on pg. 5, shaneo19 has some nice posts along with jerktroller who also mentions Keuka College & the DEC. Anybody else notice an issue with the pike & pickerel? Those of you who have fished the lake over the past 10-15 years probably noted that the pike population really exploded 10-12 years ago. Then, almost in one year, it plummeted. In the late winter prior to their decline, almost every pike I caught had red splotches on them. Not holes from lamprey. We saw some of that too. What I'm referring to are areas of their skin where the color had all washed out leaving only what looked like the fish equivalent to a brush burn. If you've ever seen photos of fish with VHS, it appears eerily similar. Some historical considerations: Sk8man, on pg. 5, mentioned how the waters on Seneca had become more turbid as we moved from the 50s & 60s into more recent decades. Weed growth declines as water clarity decreases. Less light penetration = less photosynthesis = less plant growth. Pike fishing declined as we moved from the 70s into the 80s. Why is this? Ahh... pike eggs have an adhesive. They stick to the weeds. No weeds means the eggs go into the mud and considerably fewer survive. Zebra mussels arrive and the waters clear. Light penetration increased significantly. Lo and behold, there is an explosion of weed growth. With the weeds so, too, come an increase of warm water fishes. The weedy environment is more hospitable to them. Weeds provide hiding places for juvenile fish. However, with the zebra mussels also came less productive water. They are filter feeders. Notice how your smelt are gone? Yeah, those zebra mussels outcompeted them. Also consider that the lake, just like a piece of land, can only produce so much. You can't plant 10 acres worth of corn on one acre of land. In other words, however ever many tons of invasive mussel species there are in the lake would probably be about how many more tons of smelt and alewife, etc. existed prior to their introduction. Thiaminase: Don't believe this enzyme and the associated disruption of the vitamin B process in salmonoids matters? Here's a scientific paper that discusses the topic in great detail: https://www.fws.gov/midwest/Fisheries/scientific-pubs/p-2005-3.pdf Of course, you can just skip most of it and scroll down to the "Conclusions" section at the end Agriculture: While there has been an explosion of agriculture, which can include vineyards, along the lake(s) over the past 20-30 years, I tend to agree with some of the other posters here that it would not seem to align with the recent, abrupt decline. Of course, there is the possibility that the majority of farms, etc. switched to some new product but there is no evidence of such. Similarly, the presentations which I saw earlier this year discussed that the the water quality in the lakes was generally very good. However, they also stated that the lakes would not be as historically productive due to the impact these invasive species have had. The ecosystem has changed. Now, back to that pike problem The DEC did confirm VHS in the canal as well as Conesus Lake but not in Seneca Lake proper. It's a pity none of us got any of those sick pike over to the DEC / Cornell. Let's, for a moment, consider that VHS or whatever it was, caused the abrupt decline of esocids in the lake. Let's also consider the explosion of alewife that folks on here have mentioned. Did you know that alewife predate heavily on perch fry? I didn't... until recently. So now you'd have a lake with few esocids (i.e. few predators keeping those hordes of alewife out of the shallows) but also loaded with minnow-based forage that predate heavily on panfish fry. Sound like this could be our lake? From time-to-time over the past 8-10 years, there have been days where maybe I've caught 5-7 pike & pickerel in combination. As I'm generally a catch-n-release angler, I couldn't tell you what was in their stomachs but what I can tell you is that they were absolutely gorged. These fish tended to be visibly fatter than those that I had caught, say, 10+ years ago. Not that those that I had caught in the past were not well-fed fish. The pike & pickerel in Seneca have, generally, always been fast growing, thick fish. The few that I encounter in recent years are just stuffed. It is ironic that so many fishermen complained about the pike and pickerel not understanding that, similar to lions on the Serengeti, they help to weed out the sick, weak and injured. Predators usually improve the genetic quality of this fish population. Predators, Perch, etc.: In my opinion, this points to an over-abundance of bait and a scarcity of predators. Some have also mentioned that, in the past, when bait increased, the bite decreased. This would make sense as the fish would be less active / hungry. The DEC has mentioned this too. As for Keuka, the DEC said there was a recent decline in the alewife population. Not surprisingly, the perch seem to be doing well in Keuka. Both Keuka and Cayuga (especially the north end), are loaded with pickerel but they tend to be much thinner than those I've encountered in Seneca. During the presentation at Keuka College, the DEC expressed concern over the rainbow population. They believe that the young rainbow trout entering the lakes from the streams as juveniles are being predated upon more heavily than in the past. Salinity: Here's a .pdf of a slideshow that details a variety of nutrient-related topics on Seneca Lake: http://senecalake.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Halfman-SLPWA-Annual-Mtg-9-14-16.pdf Similar to the charts in the above document, this paper also mentions that the salinity has actually decreased: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2007AM/finalprogram/abstract_131360.htm While salinity has apparently decreased over the decades since their peak, some have expressed concern over the lack of testing: http://senecalake.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2015-11-23-Letter-to-DOH-on-Sodium.pdf Keep sharing information: In any event, I hope that the above information is helpful to our discussion both on here and externally. Meanwhile, I guess we can continue to hope for tighter lines in the future
  18. Have to agree with muskiedreams here. I see some of the responses claim the fish wasn't handled / measured... then how do they know it was 35lb? When I see all the snow on that fish, it is also concerning. Why? Because if temps below freezing, the fish's gills can freeze which kills them. They can't breath. The gills tend to be very delicate on ALL fish and pulled out into sub-freezing temps can cause a lot of damage, believe it or not. Why not just pop it up off in the hole with a hookout or a pair of pliers? Probably because they wanted the pic (LOL)
  19. Much love Ronix http://www.thenextbite.tv/articles/catch-release-compilation-information
  20. It is a shame that the state doesn't have some form of slot limit on these large fish. The bigs are the oldest and most successful fish in the system. They lay many times the number of eggs of smaller fish; great breeders. The recent pike die-off on Seneca certainly has not helped. One can only hope that such adventures return.
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