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  1. I was boating on the St. Lawrence river this past weekend (30 May 2020) and went by the Wellesley Island station of the US Customs and Border Protection. There were a few agents at the dock, and i went over and asked them if i could transit downriver along Grenadier Island, on the Canadian channel side. Their words were " I would highly advise against it, if they catch you it will be a $750 fine.". They also anticipated that mid to late June is when the closure will be lifted, but weren't sure. I thanked them and went downriver on the US side. That being said, I have known people that have done more than a casual crossing across the border but have not gotten hassled - but not getting stopped doesn't mean that they won't stop you if they are out.
  2. Went out 02 June from 6:30pm-10:15 pm, just missing the rain. Fished between Buoy 130, Dunham Island, and Wantry Island. Depth was between 12-25 FOW. got 4 shorts, one keeper and lost a few nicer ones near the boat, also a couple small perch. Bucktails (black) and Bladebaits (perch) seemed to do the trick. Marked lots, and the ones that were boated were near ledges/transitions. Saw a few boats trolling what looked like bottom bouncers in the area, along with a few others casting. Did not see many other fish being caught. Good Luck
  3. how is the shore ice and depth at this launch? I have a 16.5 footer deep V and often this time of year I am fighting shore ice, or low water making launching a problem. Thanks!
  4. Owasco had a few fleas, just starting
  5. Lakeside41- I went out today(19 May). It was a bit rainy and windy. I tried a bunch of places from 6 to 20 feet of water. I fished about 4 hours. The few that I caught were spawned out. About 2 weeks ago the bite was hot. My guess is that it is way past prime. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. My dog and I launched out of Union Springs Sunday (08 April 2018). My cabin fever over-rode the urge to stay out of the crappy weather. The water at the launch is still a tad low, but I had no issues launching my 1650 Crestliner. By the time I found the perch I ran out of the time that I had. The snow and wind were pretty bad, there was only one other boat at the launch. Pickerel are everywhere....
  7. Maybe? If it’s a tiller type outboard that floats quickly off the trailer you may be able to. There seemed to be a lot of muck right off the ramp so if you don’t have to back way out it may be doable. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  8. I looked at the Mandana launch. It is a town of Skaneateles operated launch but no 'public' parking. The parking by the firehouse has a bunch of signs saying parking for town of Skan residents only (sticker must be visible) with threat of towing. I don't live in that town so no joy there.... I haven't been able contact the marina yet to see if there is parking for non-residents somewhere.
  9. Does anyone know of a decent place to launch on the north end of Cayuga? I checked out the launches at Union Springs, across the west side at the state park, and most of the ones in between. The water level is way too low for any of those launches. My boat is a 16.5 foot with a 90 HP, not huge but not small either. The web page with the Cayuga lake water level shows it up about a foot since last weekend but I don't think that would be enough. On another note, does anyone know when the state launch on the west side of Skaneateles will be unlocked?
  10. I also have a 1650 with the Suremount brackets. The little allen key forces the two dovetail pieces into the slot around the gunnels. It exerts a lot of clamping force. I have two downriggers mounted using their brackets, and it is extremely solid. I have had the ball hang up on bottom and nearly stop my boat and the mount was fine. The Dipsy should be fine.
  11. I have a 1650 with the 90 Mercury. I troll the finger lakes frequently, as well as Oneida and the St Lawrence. My 90, at the slowest will get me to 1.8-1.9 knots ( ~2.0 mph) - speed over the ground using GPS on the Lowrance. To go slower, I have two trolling bags, (18" Amish Outfitters). If I deploy both bags, one each from the front cleat, I can go as slow as 0.7 to 0.9 mph. Bear in mind I did these tests on a calm day, in a lake with no noticeable current and near zero winds. The bags are also great for casting for Walleyes in windy conditions, it slows the boat drift speed appreciably. Just remember that they are out at the end of the drift! My brother has the 1650 with a 60 HP, he seems to troll about the same speed as my 90, maybe a little slower. Hope this helps. Good Luck
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