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  1. Thanks for your efforts. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. Thanks for this. Should be able to get a bunch of signatures at Muskie Max and the NY shows and those are just muskie fisherman. Hopefully it will help. How about reaching out to some of the bass clubs that have tournaments on the lake for signatures? Did Chap 69 get the petition started? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. https://www.wivb.com/news/chautauqua-lakes-weed-problem-has-fueled-community-controversy/ Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. Most years, the south end clears up in the late fall. Not last year. Here’s a few pics of the algae in the south end from late November 2019. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. Thanks for posting. More people need to be informed of whats going on. This is a very important topic for me and several friends. Chautauqua is my home lake and my favorite place to fish in the US for muskies. Unless Im in Canada, I fish the lake for muskies at least every weekend from the opener in May until November. Here is a link to the Johnson-Racine study that was done and paid for CLA. The south end was pretty much an algae bathtub last year...very few weeds left. https://alleghenyvoice.com/third-party-report-radical-detrimental-changes-in-chautauqua-lake/ Here is a more recent article. It’s good news the DEC is involved. I hope they only approve reduced herbicide use. https://buffalonews.com/2020/01/29/editorial-dec-needs-to-get-into-the-weeds-of-chautauqua-lake/ Killing all the weeds in the south end, expanding herbicide use further north, and altering native habitat has to have a negative long term impact on the fishery. The Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) is on our side. The Chautauqua Lake Partnership (CLP) wants a big swimming pool with no weeds. They are the enemy. It’s my hope that the DEC limits or reduces the approved herbicide use of the last coupe years before the damage to the lake gets beyond repair. I’m not sure what, if anything, us fisherman can do to help make sure the lake and fishery remain healthy. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. Thats cool you drove all that way and scored. Fishing was pretty slow this weekend. Short feeding windows. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. Not at all. Even though we were fishing the same area we gave each other more than enough space. Not many people out this weekend anyway. I think i only saw 3 other boats yesterday, including you. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. Thats a crazy story. We see quite a few eagles these days around PA, OH, and NY. I’ve thought about that happening. The last two springs, we caught loons trolling for muskies. Each time the loons hit while swimming under water and we initially thought we had muskies both times. The loons probably aren’t as bad to unhook as an eagle. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. Thanks. Congrats again on the fish. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. Yes. We have a black/grey Warrior with yamahas. Yesterday was really bad. I give you credit...not sure id have been out there without the top set. What boat were you? The monark with a merc? So did you get that fish Saturday? Thought I saw you guys packing it up when I was driving across the bridge yesterday.
  11. Nice work. Was that Sunday? It was nasty out there yesterday. Just checked...moon set was 6:27 yesterday. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. I don’t know many muskie guys that run downriggers so you may not get many responses. There are plenty of muskie baits that reach desired depths flat lined. However, I know it is somewhat common on the St Lawrence near Lake Ontario. I personally have only tried downriggers a few times. One season, years back at Chautauqua, we caught several muskies off a downrigger. Lead length was between 30 and 50’. We got a 53”er off a downrigger on the St Lawrence near Lake Ontario years back. It was a longer lead. Here is a link to Bob Walter’s website. He has a bunch of experience running downriggers for muskies and runs an underwater camera. I don’t know that he specifies lead length, but the baits must be pretty close to the camera and ball. https://stlawrencemuskiefishing.com/muskie-videos/ Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  13. Nice! Congrats Vance. Congrats Zach. You make baits that produce for sure, and Vance certainly puts the time in to get them for his clients. Bakers catch a bunch of fish for us too. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
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