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  1. Yep, Gambler hit it! That is a rudd. Invasive and spreading. They catch a lot along the Niagara River. This one either spread via bait bucket or via the Erie/Seneca Canal system into Seneca. Common site in Conesus Lake. Often see them with the walleye and pike in the inlet during their spring spawning run. They grow BIG!
  2. Normark Fin Bore III - 1 up above the laser with the offset handles = more efficient ice cutting. Made by the same parent company as Strikemaster, just needs to be imported from Canada as not licensed to distribute in the US due to Strikemaster agreement. FISH307 has them on sale on them right now at $80.99 and worth every penny! http://www.fish307.com/normarkfin-boreiiihandaugers.aspx
  3. They do die en masse...but perhaps a lightning strike from last night could have killed off a bunch?
  4. Millions of guys spend a ton of money - boats, rods, reels, lures, guides, etc. just trying to catch a trophy 8 to 10lb largemouth...just sayin'.
  5. The goal is to get rid of sawbellies from Conesus lake. Sawbellies tend to favor open water - so do hybrid striped bass. Being that the hybrid striped bass are sterile, they will eventually die...just like the thousands of sterile tiger muskies that are being stocked in that lake annually and have been for the last 20 or so years. In 2012 - how many tigers did the NYSDEC stock? Conesus Lake 12000 Tiger muskellunge 10.5 How many were caught and creeled that year? ????? How long do tigers live and what do they prefer to eat once they get big?
  6. I don't know about Lake Ontario, but I always thought that hybrid striped bass would do well in Conesus Lake with their problematic sawbellies which were blamed for the cause of the perch/walleye population crash back in the 80's/90's. From what I have read, the hybrids tend to school and suspend and would likely feed aggressively on bait balls of sawbellies without really competing for the native bass species. Being sterile, they would not reproduce and probably do a better job on sawbellies than the stocked tigers that were intended to do. If they knock down the sawbellies, perhaps the perch and walleye populations would rebound in that lake while the stripers would provide a inland trophy fishery. If and when the sawbelly population is either in check or disappears, then reduce or discontinue the hybrid striper stocking.
  7. First, make sure that you go to Walmart and purchase all of the Duck Dynasty/Duck Commander gear that you can afford, probably not much left with all of the popularity of the TV show. (disclosure - I can't stand that show!) All kidding aside, private land hunts for Canada geese are typically more productive in the Southern Tier than public land hunts. Find where the geese are feeding in harvested grain or sweet corn fields will be your best bets. Be where they want to be! Make sure you camo well, grassed layout blinds help tremendously, purchase good quality field decoys, get a decent short read goose call and PRACTICE, use the proper size shot, pattern your gun and keep shots under 40 yds. Good luck! Lots to learn, hook up with someone who has been doing it and doing it right for a while will make you learn everything faster!
  8. Lakers LOVE to eat plastics. Here are the stomach contents of a 20 inch laker that I had caught through the ice on Canadice Lake on a shiner. At first, I thought that she had a stomach full of smelt. When I cut it open, I found these Senko's in the stomach. Otherwise, healthy looking fish, but the senkos were taking up the entire stomach. I am thinking that she picked them off the bottom. Here is a pic of the senkos that were removed with a ruler for size reference
  9. HIGHLIGHTS for 2013â€2014 ✓Duck Bag Limits – bag limitsfor pintail,scaup and canvasbacks are 2 per day for each ofthese species, based on themostrecentstatus assessment of their continental populations. ✓September Canada Goose Seasons – bag limits are increased to 15 per day inmost areas. Shooting hours are extended to½hour after sunset, and electronic calls and shotguns capable of holdingmore than 3 shells are also allowed during September, except on any Youth HuntDays. These specialmeasures are intended to increase hunter harvest of localâ€nesting or “resident†Canada geese. ✓SnowGeese –During January 16 – April 15,shooting hoursfor snow geese are extended to½hour aftersunset. Electronic calls and shotguns capable of holdingmore than 3 shellsmay be used at any time when all other waterfowlseasons are closed. For details, go to: www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/50514.html. ✓Possession Limits – possession limitsfor allmigratory game birds increased to three times the daily bag limit(no limitforsnow geese).
  10. Yes, unplugged guns and e-callers ARE, as well as hunting 1/2 hour AFTER sunset. allowed during September Canada Goose Season. They just made it official right here the other day! Here is a link to the NYSDEC 2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Regs http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/wfregsguide13.pdf
  11. I sit on NYSDEC's WNY Zone Season Setting Task Force on behalf of Lake Plains Watefowl Association in Greece, NY. I have been all for increasing the bag limit as well as for the additional 1/2 hour past sunset for resident Canada Geese in September for the last several years. The biggest factor for reducing the numbers of resident Canada geese, other than allowing hunting on closed areas, is the additional 1/2 hour past sunset. High bag limits are great - if you can attain them , but resident geese have grown very wise. How many times have you seen the waves of resident Canada geese going back to roosting areas after legal shooting time has ended? I was quite surprised that the tentative resident Canada Goose season didn't include the 1/2 past sunset change for this this fall in addition to the increased bag limit.
  12. Sadly - yes. I noticed gobies in the upper Genesee River above the canal a couple of years ago. Any body of water that has access to Lake Erie or Ontario via creeks or canals is screwed.
  13. BSmaster - I agree with you. I too have thought and have been saying the same thing about stocking hybrid striped bass into Conesus. These fish will school and devour the suspended schools of alewives. They would create a sport fishery for stripers and they could not reproduce. With more pressure on the alewives, it would likely help bring back the copepods, scuds and daphnia population that used to make up a huge part of the perch diet on this lake that have been decimated compared to 30+ years ago.. Also by reducing the alewives, the walleye and perch fry would stand a better chance of survival than being devoured by alwives and help get back to perch/walleye/pike back into balance. A WIN-WIN! If they could only try it for about 10 years or so. <SIGH>
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