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    the Perchassin'
  1. Thanks for the response, as good as the perch fishing can be on other area waters, I presumed it would probably make sense to ignore it on Conesus for the most part. Any thoughts about the crappie fishery there? Viable or just one of those, "they're in there and you catch them sometimes" type of things?
  2. I just set up a camper at the Conesus Lake Campground and had some questions about Conesus Lake. I've fished it a couple of times for bass, but since it's about to become my "home lake", I'd like to know more, particularly about the walleye and panfish. If I had to guess, I'd think that Conesus probably doesn't offer the same quality of cool water fishing for big yellow perch that many of the other lakes do, am I right? What about crappie, is it just a matter of them being in there, or is it really a predictable fishery for numbers of decent crappie? I've seen lots of other inquiries about the walleye and figure it's mostly a spring night bite or a trolling bite, so I won't even ask about that. Until now I've done some fishing on Canandaigua and Seneca, but would probably consider Keuka and Skaneateles to be my favorites. I have to admit that I'm excited to start fishing Conesus, Honeoye and maybe even Hemlock more.
  3. Thanks a million. Wish that the motel in Hammondsport still allowed public launching (even though he was expensive), but I'm anxious to get out.
  4. Does anyone know if the ice is off the Branchport arm and if the state park boat launch is open? I'm planning a trip up tomorrow and while I'm coming from the south, the Hammondsport Motel apparently no longer allows the public to launch for a fee. If anyone else knows of a better option on the southern end, I'd be glad to know about it too, thanks in advance.
  5. For reference, I have a 2013 182 Pro Mag and it's 18' and some inches. I think it's 18 feet 3 inches, but I'm not 100% sure although the interior does look pretty much identical to yours. Does seem to be something odd going on.
  6. People can poo poo the issue all that they want, but overharvest IS real and it is an issue on the Finger Lakes. The perch fishing on some of the lakes has already dropped off considerably and I'd hope that we'd ALL feel that the fishery is worth saving. I love fishing for big perch more than anything and I also fish for walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass, crappie, trout, I've even been to Alaska several times to fish for halibut, ling, rockfish and salmon. While I enjoy eating perch, I keep a few on one or two trips a year (maybe 40 fish total) and I never keep the big spawners and never sell a fish. Is that really so hard? I understand that some guys enjoy eating them a bit more frequently than I do or have larger families (I have a wife and 2 kids), but do we really need to keep every fish that we catch on 15, 20 or more trips per year? Really guys?
  7. A buddy of mine trolls for hours and hours with his 150 Merc Verado and smart control without issue.
  8. I think the only exception to that rule might be in the cool/cold water periods. Several species of fish migrate into the bay in late fall and stay until spring. I don't think slob perch are terribly prevalent in the bay, but I seriously doubt that fish would have been there after the spawn was over
  9. I saw that and saw a photo. It's a really nice fish, but I guess I was surprised that the state record wasn't a bit bigger than that. I don't believe I've ever caught one that size, but I've caught several that were really close to that size in NY state. I think you'll continue to see bigger and bigger perch in Erie. The numbers have come back and there's plenty for them to eat there.
  10. Awesome fish. I drove across the causeway on my way to Erie yesterday and the channel between the north and south basin looked like radioactive waste it was so green/chartreuse. Water temps seem to be falling quickly over the last week, it will be interesting to see how things shake out this week and next.
  11. 3 fish limit, 15" minimum on Oneida. I'm curious about the trolling for those who have suggested it. I've caught eyes on Oneida while trolling but never did it in the fall. Would late September be too late to have them still suspended in open water? I'll probably be there for the final weekend in September and really planned on doing a ton of casting to them but I'll troll if it's "still on" at that point in time.
  12. I hope that you're onto something because I'm going to hit Keuka in the morning. I'm mostly just giving all of my gear on my new rig the shakedown to see how things work (particularly the drift sock gizmo that I've rigged up to run double 30" bags) but I'll give it an hour or so before switching off to shallow water bass fishing. Hopefully they bite better than everyone suggests they've been biting this year.
  13. I agree with FBodine. Of course you're there to find some good bargains but hopefully people won't take advantage if she has things priced ridiculously. Sounds like the worm harnesses were a good buy but not completely ridiculous so I'm guessing the woman had some help from a fishing friend to put prices on everything. I wish I could be there because there are some things that I could use but I'll be taking my first born to college that day.
  14. I do like to load my rods up, particularly when fishing for salmon but I also fish for walleye in Erie a lot. One of the things that I frequently do to put more fish in the box is to pop the line free of the release and allow my spoon or worm harness to drift up towards the surface. Is there any way that you can accomplish this with the Black's or are they basically in the release until you bring the ball up?
  15. I'm kind of an outsider so I don't have the same vested interest that most of you have. I fished Ontario back in the early 90s and it was a blast. I consider fishing it again because I have a new boat and I'm starting to have a bit more time to fish as I near retirement and my kids grow up. So, I'm just going to give an outsider's perspective or play devil's advocate a tiny bit here, and that's not to discount the reasoned comments of the OP or of anyone else, I think your concerns are valid. I will say that in a very general sense, I'm in favor of managing primarily for native species, though I know that the great lakes are completely topsy-turvy because of the unwanted invasive species. So, in general, I'm OK with the NYDEC managing for lakers or atlantics. I also know that for many sportsmen, there will never be enough stocked trout, salmon, deer, turkey, etc. etc. and I think that sometimes we have to temper our opinions and desires and recognize that the fishing (or hunting) isn't always going to be easy and that we have to concern ourselves with a healthy environment first and that high populations of game fish or animals are a benefit of that. Just sayin'. I'm not sure if people's comments got deleted in this thread but so far I think people are being reasonable. Before anyone attacks me, I've already made the comment that I'm not as knowledgeable about this fishery as many of you and I recognize that there are many issues. Perhaps the DEC isn't paying close enough attention but there's also the possibility that they are managing for the resource and that some folks just want more.
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