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  1. Warrior UV White Pearl in the regular size Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  2. Fished with a couple buddies who are new to trolling the big lake. (They were out yesterday and only did 3 browns) My buddy asked me for help so my girlfriend and I joined them today. Set up out front of Ibay in 10fow trolled East. Fished all the way past 4 mile with a slow pick by 11:30 had 6 browns in the boat. Girl friend wanted to see if we could get her first laker went out to 40fow and set up. Got her first laker. Came back in and set up in 10fow and had a steady pick of cookie cutter browns between Webster Park and Cowsucker. Last fish of the day came in 20fow on a bayrat dirty goose 80ft behind the board. Came out of the release big head shakes and 500 feet peeled off the counter in a heartbeat and popped off (we all know what it was)! Called it right then and there. Finished with 15-20 fish, water temp 33.5-36.6, speed 1.8-2.4!IMG_2230.HEIC Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  3. My dad ran an 89 212 for close to 25 years before we sold it a few years ago, it’s a true fish catching machine! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
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  5. Could run a slide diver to allow for a longer lead to increase stealth in your spread. On our boat we run a wire slide diver. Take the wire and create a surgeons loop or a non-slip loop knot at the end and crimp the tag end to main line, loop it into a barrel swivel (barrel swivel needs to be big enough to withstand the pressure while trolling but small enough to fit through the line guide on the reel). Then attach a piece of 45-50lb mono ~50ft long. Put the slide diver on along with rubber or plastic tubing to be placed in the release to not allow fraying from the diver sliding. Place a bead between the diver and end of the mono. Now here are the options... can put either another barrel swivel on and attach an ~5ft piece of 20lb florocarbon to a snap swivel... or at the end of the mono attach a snap swivel then your flasher/meat set up. This allows you to run a longer lead behind the diver without having to run a long leader and I think gives more stealth to the presentation.
  6. This was for research, we helped a USGS scientist who has been conducting this study for the past 15 years. We picked the fish from nets and put them straight in the live well on the boat, to be processed. This is the only reason why photos were taken for research. It is illegal to take Sturgeon out of the water and take pictures with otherwise. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  7. This past Tuesday a fellow classmate and I had the opportunity to help USGS pull nets on the lower Genesee River. The EPA has 45 AOCs in the Great Lakes the Genny being high on that list. This study has been going on for the past 15 years all in efforts to help restore Lake Sturgeon populations in Lake Ontario. I have done a lot of amazing things during my time at Finger Lakes Community College with a Major of Fish and Wildlife Technologies with a focus on fisheries. This is by far the most amazing, I never thought in a million years I’d be holding these prehistoric jewels! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  8. Thank you, we are very proud of what we have done as a class this semester, this has been an annual event/class since 2000, and the fry survival rate after release is a guessing game Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  9. No unfortunately too much work for the time frame of the semester and students graduating Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  10. We had a very successful hatch of eggs this last week on Tuesday! All fry were released back into the Honeoye inlet channel the next day, and Thursday we shut down the culture facility! Video will be made soon showing the whole process from broodstock collection to spawning and taking care of the eggs! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  11. Got a late start this morning with my girlfriend, fished in front of the pump house and found a pocket of 45 degree water in 15 feet of water and we didn’t move finished 12-15 with mainly cookie cutters, however did managed a few nicer class of fish! Lost a King which probably took 250-300 feet of line on its first run. Hot baits were all bayrats, yankee troller took 80% of the fish, ridin dirty, and coho crusher took a few shots. Also got fish on the Helsinki, and jointed j-11 black and copper! Long lines 75-100 feet back, 50-60 off the in-lines. Great first trip! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  12. I was down there today, left at 1:30 Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  13. 0 natural reproduction, that is the point of the culture facility is to first provide an educational opportunity for me and my classmates, and also to bridge a critical gap between poor spawning habitat and allowing eggs to survive in the culture facility Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  14. Eggs are treated with formalin, this fungus however has a ideal water temp range from 33-91 degrees however it survives much better in colder water Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  15. Sorry for the lack of updates as I haven’t been down to the facility much. It’s safe to say our walleye run is done our last sample day yielded only one male walleye. Our eggs have been under development for about a week now, so far so good. However we are experiencing some saprolegnia fungus in our egg jars. We have been doing our best to keeping it out. Reminder, our open house is THIS Saturday. Come see what we are all about, and learn something’s about Walleye Culture, and see a full Electrofishing demonstration. Again THIS Saturday April 21st at 9:00am Electrofishing demonstration starts. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  16. It is, Honeoye was the exception they made it 15 inches on that body of water, why that is I’m not sure. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  17. Sorry I haven’t been updating lately, other classes starting to get in the way for me not being able to get down to the culture facility. Will update tomorrow after we get done with tomorrow’s work. I can try and get past years data from my Fisheries Professor John Foust! We are seeing a very healthy year class of 2 and 3 year old fish. We will be aging fish from our scale samples which will give us a better understanding of the age classes in our adult population. We will have a lot of genetic diversity mainly because we are putting 25-30 males for every one batch of eggs. A lot of the females we have captured so far never produced eggs over the winter. Walleye populations specifically in Honeoye are dominated by males due to them being an r-selected species they produce a lot of offspring but the offspring is cheap and many don’t survive to sexual maturity. Having more males in the population especially in broadcast spawning fish species allows for better fertilization rates. Yes we are still holding males, hopefully with this warm up we get more females. And DEC has changed the size limit back to 18 under John Foust’s recommendation. We also believe that the reason why the male to female ratio is very spread apart is because females are more susceptible to creel, because they reach sexual maturity at age 3 at 18 inches so they reach the 15 inch mark much faster then males do. So having that 18 inch limit protects those fish at least for one spawning cycle. Again will give updates numbers tomorrow once we are done with sampling! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  18. Update: Walleye are still going strong today captured 29 fish again however all of them are males. We held a female for about a week because she was hard, today she was finally ready to go so we now have 3 egg jars going. We calculated the number of eggs in our second jar and we have around 165,000 eggs in that jar. In total around 545,000 eggs, that number will go up once we get a count on water hardened eggs in the 3rd jar. Hopefully this warm up next week will bring more fish in, and enhance egg development. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  19. Just finished up this mornings sampling and egg take. We captured 29 fish, one being another big female. She gave us another jar of eggs. We didn’t collect the numbers of eggs however we got 1.25 quarts of eggs. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  20. Another good day today, 41 Fish on not even one run (generator was being funky). 30 Fish were dispatched to a lab in Maine today, 232 total fish, 222 males, 10 females. We were able to spawn today, we have one upwelling jar going which has approximately 304,023 eggs in it. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  21. Fish aren’t dead, all still alive, they’re just still in shock from being shocked. Their air bladder gets bloated when exposed to the voltage. Once they get their strength back it’s like nothing happened to them. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  22. Another successful day of sampling. Today our count was 73 walleye on one run, bringing our total to 191 walleye. I left in the middle of the work up of the fish so I don’t have new numbers on males and females. We will be dispatching 30 Fish tomorrow to send off to a lab in Maine for disease testing, do an Electrofishing run, and begin spawning tomorrow afternoon. I will post numbers of eggs tomorrow night. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  23. Our walleye run has started, last Thursday was our start date for collecting brood stock. So far our numbers look great compared to recent years, here are the numbers. Thursday March 29th- total of 3 walleye all were males Friday March 30th- total of 2 walleye all were males Did not sample during the weekend or on Monday Today April 3rd- total of 113 walleye 102 males 11 females In total 118 walleye have been captured 107 males 11 females Just thought I’d share the numbers and some pictures with you guys, and also remind everyone April 21st is our field station open house where you can come down and see the culture facility in full operation! I will be posting again soon with updated numbers Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  24. Hey Everyone, Excited to announce that Finger Lakes Community College, Walleye Culture Facility, at our field station the Muller Field Station located on the South end of Honeoye Lake is in operation as of today. We will begin our Electrofishing runs two weeks from today and hopefully collect broodstock in order to artificially spawn the fish. This operation is an educational environment in our Fish Culture Techniques class, using a hands on approach, and following state protocol to spawn Walleye and contribute back to the Walleye fishery in Honeoye Lake. Walleye are a popular sportfish in New York State. Walleye were not originally found in Honeoye Lake, but ongoing stocking efforts which date back to the late 1800s propagated a population within the lake. Walleye are a spring time spawning fish. They need rock or gravel substrate to broadcast spawn their eggs. In the Honeoye inlet channel the substrate is mud and silt, eggs then land in the mud and do not survive causing a high mortality rate. With this partnership between the NYSDEC and Finger Lakes Community College we are able to bridge a critical gap between poor spawning habitat and high mortality by artificially spawning the walleye and allowing the eggs to survive and hatch in the culture facility. With all this being said our FLCC Muller Field Station open house is April 21st. During this day the public can come see first hand how the facility is operated, the spawning process, and an Electrofishing demonstration. This is also a great opportunity for visiting science classes to see the operation, and hopefully spark the interest of high school students to pursue a career in environmental conservation. I will be posting more as we come close to the open house date, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
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