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  1. Lake level news.

    All of the things I listed have recently happened or are happening. Maybe all just odd coincidence, maybe something is actually happening. Maybe you want to get a chin strap for your hard hat!
  2. SOL Question

    Thanks for the clarification. I guess reading the regulation again, the clients would have to keep the Lakers or an Atlantic whole, but gutted and gilled, until they got home and were putting it into the freezer. For me, a legal Atlantic would be whole and on the way to the taxidermist! And it is clear that you don't have to keep the other silvers whole or the carcass, just leave the skin on.
  3. SOL Question

    Is it that you can't clean the fish, or you can't dispose of the waste? When I (rarely, you have to catch one first!) keep a fish in the Finger Lakes tributaries, I clean it on the tailgate, and put the fish in a cooler in one container, and the waste in a bag, also in the cooler, and toss the bag in the trash when I get home. But if people would be cleaning short walleyes and claiming they were perch, I guess I understand at least requiring the skin to be left on.
  4. SOL Question

    Thanks for a speedy response. I understand why you would want to get the job done offshore in terms of time, but had never thought of the "bees" (yellow jackets?) but I share your strong aversion, and I have an allergy to them as well. But I'm still not clear on what your question was. My sense is the major hassle is leaving the skin on, and if you were going to remove the skin shore side, having to pack twice. And the Lake trout slipped my mind, I was thinking only the "once in a while" Atlantic would have to be only half cleaned. Certainly this is a topic that DEC L needs to do better with.
  5. SOL Question

    No, that was my friend's question, which I "pondered on" a bit. My question was "what was Capt. H's question, and what did he hear as a response". I've read the regulations, background on why it is necessary (other than what I can speculate on, and the statement in the regulations) would be nice, too.
  6. SOL Question

    At the Rochester Meeting, Captain Hajecki asked a question concerning the requirement that certain species can only be hog dressed on the Lake and other fish have to have the skin left on the fillets. I have to admit that I have a hard time hearing in that Auditorium ( I much prefer Carlson), so I could not pick up all the details of the question. Another attendee with whom I spoke said he was not happy with the answer provided by the Encon officer, and I agree that the response was less than clear to me. My friend wondered why someone would not just use the fish cleaning station at a launch. I also remember Frank Sanza, former Charter Operator, talking in the past about what good publicity it is to clean a bunch of fish at a cleaning station, as it often draws inquisitive people who are not familiar with the size and diversity of species available out in the lake, and often they will decide to take a charter based on what they see being cleaned on shore. However, this might not be as common at more remote sights like Oak Orchard or Sandy Creek as opposed to the Genesee, and I'm not familiar with the status of the cleaning stations. I would appreciate some discussion on this, I guess the problem has to do with saving some time by filleting while returning from offshore, and not being able to discard all the offal because of the skin requirements, but I would be very happy if Rick would "weigh in" on this and on the response, as it was not clear at the meeting. Thanks, in advance.
  7. Lake level news.

    Climate change scenarios speak to major changes in perceived patterns and long term trends. Three Bad Northeasters in 3 weeks in New England, and they are not out of the woods yet looking like another one next week, highest measured average global temperatures in how many of the last 10 years, near disappearance of glaciers in Alaska, shrinking of the polar ice caps, rise in sea level (why isn't the Guvment draining the ocean faster?), oh, and ~14" of rain in a 2 month period (March-April 2017) when 7" is the long term average, these could be argued to be major changes in perceived patterns and long term trends. Yes it is inconvenient if the remedy is vehicles where mileage is not measured in gallons per mile, or we have to go to windmills out in the Lake and Ocean, so maybe its easier to just deny the symptoms. I can just imagine the manure storm if they drain too much water and then we have a dry spring, and the big boats can't launch for not enough water in May and June. I'm sure the Board of Control would greatly appreciate it if whoever out there has a functioning crystal ball would loan it to them!!!
  8. Lake level news.

    I think the bottom line is: "Weather and hydrologic conditions play a much greater role than water regulation in influencing water levels, and while impossible to predict, the probability of a repeat of last spring’s exceptional rains and subsequent high water levels is low. " Preliminary climate data for March at the Buffalo NWS office indicates 1.63 inches of rain, so far. 2.12" in Rochester, 0.9" in Watertown. So we have ~12 inches to go in the rest of this month and next month. That's a lot of rain to hit the 14" reported as causing the problems last year, which, although the non-scientific refuse to hear it, was indicated to have been enough to cause the problems that occurred whether the Hydro project was in on the St Lawrence or not. And let us not forget our neighbors in Montreal who were under even greater amounts of water than LO. It might be possible to make a lot of money selling hard hats to some of you guys so you'll have yer heads protected when the sky falls. The new March Madness!
  9. Lake level news.

    From IJC< 2 days ago: Outflows from Lake Ontario Break February Record, Water Levels Gradually Improving 2018/03/13 The average Lake Ontario outflow during the month of February was the highest in recorded history. Historical records start in 1900 and include outflows that occurred both prior to and since the beginning of regulation in 1960. A stable ice cover in the St. Lawrence River allowed Plan 2014 to increase outflow under the ice, and as a result, Lake Ontario levels have fallen below those recorded at this time in 2017. Plan 2014 continues to prescribe near-record outflows in response to above-average levels of both Lake Ontario and the upper Great Lakes. Following temporary flow reductions during the extreme cold weather at the start of the year that saw ice form quickly on the St. Lawrence River, outflows were quickly increased thereafter, to the maximum possible without causing flooding on Lake St. Louis near Montreal. Basin conditions allowed Plan 2014 to prescribe record high outflows in February, even while Lake Ontario remained below Criterion H14 &rdquo;trigger&rdquo; levels. In instances when Lake Ontario reaches its high water trigger level, criterion H14 gives the board the authority to deviate from Plan 2014 in order to provide all possible relief to riparian property and businesses upstream and downstream. However, the use of this authority must still consider the effects of outflows on all interests, including the risk of flooding on Lake Ontario, the risk of flooding downstream and the risk of ice jams in the St. Lawrence River. Currently the water level of Lake Ontario is 74.96 m (245.93 ft), which is 30 cm (11.8 in) above average, and 3 cm (1.2 in) below last year. The level of Lake St. Louis near Montreal is now 54 cm (21.3 in) above average and 26 cm (10.2 in) above its level of a year ago. Water levels on the upper Great Lakes, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River are forecast to remain above average moving into the spring. As a result, Plan 2014 will continue to release high outflows taking into consideration all interests throughout the Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River system. The Board notes that, while Lake Ontario remains well above average, historically, water levels in winter have not provided an accurate indicator of the peak later in spring. Weather and hydrologic conditions play a much greater role than water regulation in influencing water levels, and while impossible to predict, the probability of a repeat of last spring’s exceptional rains and subsequent high water levels is low. Nonetheless, extreme conditions may occur in any given year, so shoreline property and business owners, and local government officials should always be prepared for a full range of water levels on Lake Ontario at any given time in the future. The Board, in conjunction with its staff, continues to monitor and reassess conditions on an ongoing basis. Information on hydrologic conditions, water levels and outflows, including graphics and photos, are available on the Board’s website and posted to the Board’s Facebook page at (English).
  10. Lake level news.

    Where did this water come from? Is it coming from somewhere other than Lake Erie, or the upper Niagara river? Unless it has been sourced from somewhere completely unrelated to the existing system, it is water that was going over the falls before and will have no effect on the overall water budget. They take the water out of the river, run it through the turbines, and discharge it back to the river. Net change = 0!
  11. State of the Lake meetings

    Steve LaPan did say they expect to have preliminary baitfish data by mid-May, and planned to reconvene the bi-national committee for a preliminary discussion of the results sometime around then. Pray for a nice bluebird April and May so they can get the work done easily, although Brian told me afterward that they go regardless of the weather, it takes a pretty nasty blow to ground the USGS boat.
  12. State of the Lake meetings

    Atlantic Stocking: DEC stocked what they projected. Additional numbers reflect plants done by Tunnison. Winter impact on 2016 Year Class (2017 one year olds): The data Brian Weidel of USGS Oswego showed, and he commented to this effect, indicated at this winter could go either way, will know after April trawls. But everyone was happy about the hatch in 2016. 2017 Alewife hatch ( 2018 one year olds): No data presented until after the April Trawls. I thought he said something about the October trawls being for benthic species, but my ears are getting as bad as some folks say my eyes are getting!
  13. State of the Lake meetings

    I've sat in the back, and there have been very few open seats and a lot of folks on the floor and leaning on the back rail, at Carlson. It is Murphy's law that when they get the bigger room, the turnout goes down. Maybe it is MCFAB dropping the cookies!
  14. Just a tumor?

    We used to catch walleyes in the Susquehanna in Endicott, with the warty looking nodules on their sides, a DEC biologist told me they are a fluke, a parasite similar to the one that causes the black spots in a lot of bass and panfish, and they are harmless, you just cut them out when cleaning the fish. I have wonder if you have been told that that bag of fish with what you identify as tumors are OK to keep,s regardless of size and number, by an ECO? All parasites:
  15. State of the Lake meetings

    This function has been held in the Student Alumni building before. It holds more people, and the Carlson room has been overflowing the last couple of years. The Union building is at the end of the driveway that goes up to the Welcome center, where you would go for information, this is off the traffic circle. The Ritter Ice arena will be to your left as you walk in, then the Gymnasium. There is a giant sculpture that looks like it is made out of steel ribbons out front of the Union. Easiest parking would be lot D, you can also park in E, and bear left as you come up the hill.