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  1. Thanks to both of you for clarifying. I got a little confused when I kept seeing 30" mentioned above.
  2. FYI. Remember the legal size limit for tigers on Otisco is 36", not 30".It's been that way since 2014.
  3. On the small lakes the chips really don't show much at all. From what I can tell, if you go to the list of waters that Navionics has maps for you will notice they are the same ones that are on the DEC web page contour map. A great example is Casterline Pond (Cortland County). Casterline Pond is so small you could cast across so it's not like Navionics actually had someone map it. The DEC, maps were made years ago basically by someone driving around, or rowing in a boat with a depth finder. They show very basic information but no detail. I too was very disappointed with the Navionics chips on the small lakes I fish.
  4. I bought a vexlar FL-8 in 1993 and it's still working today, and it's been used a lot! I finally broke down and bought a new FL8 two years ago because my old one was getting hard to see when I was out of the shelter on a sunny day. It also didn't have the transducer on a float, it was on an adjustable arm. Most of my ice fishing is in shallow water, 20 foot or less, and mostly for bluegills and crappies. Though the FL8 is a very basic unit it works fine for my style of fishing. If you like fishing for perch or walleye in deeper water you may want to look for a unit that has the bottom zoom capabilities, and if you plan on jigging for lake trout definitely make sure the depth range is deep enough. The one down side to the vexlars like the Fl8 is if you fish without a shelter, snow does build up in the trough on the screen. One word of warning though about getting a flasher/sonar for ice fishing- once you start using one you will NOT be able to ice fish without one. If my battery goes dead I'm done for the day now.
  5. It's possible that the one muskie was blind in one eye. It's hard to tell for sure but in the first picture it looks like the left eye is somewhat "milky". It's pretty common when I'm bass fishing to catch a very dark colored bass, compared to other bass in the lake, and when examining them they usually have one bad eye. No explanation for the black splotches though.
  6. I have used a one man Fish Trap by Clam for along time. The first one was in 1993, the sled was built by a "maniac". lol. It was basically square with a flat front and back, any snow at all made dragging it difficult. I ended up selling that one to a guy with a snowmobile and bought the newer version, a Fish trap Scout that pulled much easier, but as mentioned above they can still be a bear to drag when conditions get bad. But being out of the wind, not having my guides freeze up, etc. out way the effort. Many people modify the sleds by putting skis on them or runners made out of conduit. I did that to my current Fish trap and made dragging it much easier. Many of the new model now have insulted tents which increase the weight, so it's something else to keep in mind when choosing one.
  7. Sorry, new to this site and must have hit the underline button by mistake on my last post.
  8. The DEC is out on Oneida Lake 2 or 3 times a week during September hazing cormorants. Which does involve shooting, 1-to scare the birds and 2-to collect birds for stomach analysis to see what types of fish they have been eating.
  9. For those that don't get the angler diary reports, the new walleye stocking information was somewhat covered in the 2014 Otisco Lake angler diary report, under the walleye chapters. http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/r7otiscad2014.pdf
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