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  1. Brian, Cisco were stocked by USF+WS in Irondequoit Bay and Sodus Bay for some amount of time (post 70, memory for numbers gets cloudy, why I like hard copy reports). According to Web Persall, (Region 8 Fisheries Manager), last night, there are no longer Ciscoes going in, but Bloaters continue to be raised. Maybe the Cisco program was discontinued when Mr. Johnson retired, but there is a gap in reporting, it would be nice to see the results of the project.
  2. Brian, I have to laugh hearing the DEC concern about predation by esocids on out-migrating smolts in Irondequoit Creek. When USGS and Monroe County proposed the use of the Irondequoit Creek Wetlands as a nutrient control area at the conclusion of the Nationwide Urban Runoff program in the early 80s, NYSDEC objected to the proposal to install a weir because the ponded area could provide habitat for predators to prey on smolts, too. When the permit was finally granted after nearly 18 years, the objection was that the project would negatively impact esocid habitat and spawning. So they have come 360%, and as I recall based on the opinion of one biologist, not on any data. But say there are predators in IC, they are also there in Sandy, and the thermal regime in Sandy would appear to me to insure that survival of fry to smolt is highly unlikely, while the thermal regime of IC allows stocked fish to survive down into Ellison Park, and so might actually support Salar juveniles. I also wonder if the discussion of spawning sites took into consideration the stream temperatures in July and August. When the experimental stocking in Irondequoit Creek was done, the biologists said the fish would run and spawn in the fall. They spawned in the fall, but they were in the stream the first year of return right after an early July rainstorm. Many bellied up from thermal stress even in IC, and for subsequent seasons DEC closed the stream to fishing for the summer months. I think it is guaranteed that this will occur in an even warmer stream like Sandy.
  3. Well, Yogi, "County delegates" implies that the Counties had something to do with it, and the Counties had nothing to do with either group as you describe it. Gill, I'm all for more Atlantics, but if the goal is to get them sustaining, Sandy Creek hasn't got the temperatures. Irondequoit Creek does.
  4. Yogibare, where do you get the idea that the Lake Ontario Committee members are County Delegates? Have you ever seen a membership list or seen a press release about this group? Prior to Steve LaPan's retirement, there was another Lake Ontario Committee, which consisted of 12 Americans and 12 Canadians, and this group was not chosen at the county level but to represent various stakeholder groups, so consisted mainly of charter captains and tributary anglers from all 4 regions, and served as input to Steve and Andy Miner for their role on the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. We started meeting via zoom due to the logistics issues of getting such a large group to one place along our "inland sea", then Steve retired, and I, for one, never heard anything else. I am sure some of the membership was moved on, I can't imagine Captains Songin or Perleoni not having a voice for the west end of the Lake. But I also serve on our county Fisheries Advisory Board, and the existence of this new NYS group was news to us (2 of us were on the GLFC panel) when one of the members visited a meeting and started talking about the Atlantic Salmon Plan, which seems to me came out of the clear blue sky in light of the stocking reductions of the last 4 or so years. I watched the Power Points, I must have dozed off as I don't recall anything about an increase in King Stocking. Maybe this was added to the program as a " bone" to soften the memory of the stocking cuts and cushion the "new" Atlantic Salmon program. At any rate, this will get discussed at the MCFAB meeting, via zoom, on Monday. I agree with Rick about the poor communications, it was short notice, very poorly communicated, and there are much better times to get people's attention than Southern Zone Deer Season. Unless you want to avoid the tough questions.
  5. MCFAB was notified by Steve Olufsen, but I think he, like Rolmops and me, is on the DEC mailing list.
  6. DEC Announces 'State of Lake Ontario Fisheries' Virtual Meeting and Video Series - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation November 12. Likely would not have been much help without the power point pre-work. And very easy to fo9rget during deer season.
  7. Is it an old sewing machine? The foot controlled on/ off function would work great, but where do I find a 12 volt sewing machine?
  8. I asked because the backdrop in your picture is all snow, likely after October 15, and before April 1, not to say it isn't a splake from Limekiln, where ice fishing is legal. I'm not aware of any of the ponds in the Brook Trout program that are open to ice fishing, although that doesn't deter poachers on snowmobiles.
  9. Hey Hounds, where do you go for pond brook trout when there is still snow on the ground?
  10. Check out the article in NYON this week on the Golden Lake trout caught in Lake George. The reporter must be very young, and not from the Finger Lakes, he marvels at the new fangled, unique method of feeding out line from a spool attached to a victrola motor, and that the reel automatically winds the fish up. All you hand liners will get a chuckle!
  11. You should know that the limit on Rainbow Trout in Hemlock Lake is 1, or is that a combined catch?
  12. You'll want to read all this and get your comments in, you have until February 15. For Release: Friday, January 15, 2021 DEC Announces Release of Draft Sunfish and Crappie Management Plan Proposed Plan Reflects Current Angler Views and Science to Provide Sustainable and Unique Fishing Opportunities for Popular Panfish Public Comments Accepted through Feb. 15, 2021 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the release of a draft Sunfish and Crappie Management Plan for public review and comment. The draft plan proposes more conservative statewide fishing regulations and establishes the "Big Panfish Initiative" that aims to provide unique opportunities by managing for larger-sized crappie and sunfish in certain waters. The draft plan is available on DEC's website and public comments will be accepted through Feb. 15, 2021. "Sunfish and crappie are some of New York's most popular panfish species and with this plan, DEC is balancing conservation and fishing opportunities for more sustainable fisheries in waters across the state," Commissioner Seggos said. "DEC encourages New York's anglers to share their input on this draft management plan and the Big Panfish Initiative to help develop destination fisheries for sunfish and crappie and complement our ongoing efforts to expand and diversify New York State's freshwater angling opportunities." In the draft plan, fishery managers propose management objectives after considering both the current science on sunfish (bluegill, pumpkinseed, and redbreast) and crappie management and the opinions of New York anglers. Results from an online angler survey (PDF) indicate support for more conservative sunfish fishing regulations. Recent research on the impacts of sunfish and crappie harvest regulations indicates that lowering daily harvest limits or increasing minimum size limits can result in improvements to population size structure, which is likely to improve fishing quality and sustainability for these species. Elements of the draft plan include: Reducing the sunfish statewide daily harvest limit from 50 to 25 fish; Increasing the crappie statewide minimum size limit from nine to 10 inches; Establishing the Big Panfish Initiative, which includes: Implementing an eight-inch minimum size limit and a daily harvest limit of 15 for sunfish in the following waters: Blydenburgh Lake (DEC Region 1); Lake Welch (Region 3); Canadarago Lake and Goodyear Lake (Region 4); Saratoga Lake (Region 5); Sixtown Pond and Red Lake (Region 6); Cazenovia Lake and Otisco Lake (Region 7); Honeoye Lake (Region 8); and Silver Lake (Region 9) Implementing a 12-inch minimum size limit and a daily harvest limit of 10 for crappie in the following waters: Muscoot Reservoir (Region 3); Saratoga Lake (Region 5); Delta Lake (Region 6); Cazenovia Lake and Otisco Lake (Region 7); Waneta/Lamoka lakes and Honeoye Lake (Region 8); and Bear Lake (Region 9) Evaluating the impacts of these fishing regulation changes to sunfish and crappie population structure and through periodic checks of angler satisfaction. Comments on the draft plan should be submitted via e-mail to [email protected] or via mail to Jeff Loukmas, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753; include the subject line "Sunfish and Crappie Management Plan." Comments will be accepted through Feb. 15, 2021.
  13. Another question posed by these articles is why is this just happening now. Is this a new additive, or has it taken years to build up to a critical point in the environment? At any rate, in NYS, passive stormwater treatment has been required in many municipalities for quite a while,. But a question for our friends at NYSDEC and USGS is whether this "new" compound may be linked to problems with Coho in Lake Ontario, where they do not seem as prevalent as they were when the programs were initiated. When I was working on the Rochester Embayment Remedial Action Plan, we listed cadmium as a Chemical of Concern, and the individual who introduced this named tires as a source. I could find no literature indicating a significant role for Cadmium in tire manufacture, but I would not be surprised to find Cadmium in the pigments for all those double yellow lines that people kind of ignore a lot anymore.
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