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  1. State of the Lake meetings

    How will Lake levels in Superior affect Lake Ontario Fisheries? And "discuss" would imply that both sides of the issue would get a hearing, I don't see that happening in virtually any of the lake level meetings of the recent past. I would personally prefer that the meeting stay on topic, unless there is some clear relationship between lake level and the status of the fish.
  2. Ice status for Sodus Bay

    This was just posted: "Took a walk out of 3rd creek today. I found areas between shore and 20 feet to be in the 5 to 6 inch range of "good" ice. Lots of spider holes too and in areas where there were auger holes the ice was maybe 4 inches thick. This was echoed by a couple guys I met coming off the deeper section who said they found 1 area with 4 inches of ice. Conditions are changing." SPUD SPUD SPUD! Report to moderator Logged
  3. Penn Yan

    Possibly because of bad winter caused suppressed alewife populations not eating the perch fry.
  4. Ice status for Sodus Bay

    This was posted yesterday at dark on Ice Shanty. "End of the loop was open this afternoon few guys off hots point if you try maiden I'd let it harden back up third creek open at road few guys out yet this afternoon"
  5. Thoughts on the weather

    Let's hope they can get off OK. The next couple of days could be very treacherous as it is supposed to get cold at night, could lock up the shore enough for early risers to get on, but conditions could deteriorate enough for people to get very wet coming off. When you are making the decision as to whether it is too risky, please also consider the risks to the first responders who may have to haul you out, as happened down on Honeoye some years ago under similar thaw conditions.
  6. Florida school shooting

    One of the most dangerous things that could happen in our country, whether it is about fishing or the constitution, or anything else, is the idea that we should squelch debate and all "just get along." Jes' sayin'. I found Sk8man's point of view to be great reading, some of the others also. Maybe the site just needs a different place for this kind of thing, and then if someone doesn't want to be bothered by this kind of discussion, they can just stay out of that area.
  7. This link will let you look at today's snowpack all over the hill and the western 'daks, at least near the trails. A great deal of snow disappears without runoff when you get high wind combined with warmth, like yesterday, sublimation. I am sure there are places a lot deeper back in the woods, I've seen pockets of snow in late May up there. I know about the snow pack in Redfield and Lacona, but a lot of that has gone off in the previous melts, and is going off now. Here's the last 60 days on the North Branch of the Salmon, the gage is in Redfield. It is interesting how the same people who will completely dismiss model predictions that they don't agree with, will use other models as if they were gospel. Even a wet spring won't necessarily mean "record rain". And lets pray it doesn't for more reasons than Lake impacts, I know a lot of farmers that can't take another hit like last year.
  8. Hardwater report !!

    I remember fishing the north end when they were all that size! NICE!!
  9. "Normal" precipitation for March and April is ~7" ( if it all was snow it would be ~70 ices). Last year we had~14". The area of excessive precipitation extended way up into Canada so the "spate" in the Ottawa River was also high. We had bad flooding, but nowhere what Montreal got.
  10. Penn Yan

    Al unfortunately too true!!
  11. *If we get the rains like last year, yes. We have already lost a lot of the snowpack, even a lot of the snowmobile areas up on the Tug Hill are showing one to two feet along the trails, sometimes they have 8 feet on the ground. If they keep pumping it out under the ice in the St Lawrence, the Ottawa stays reasonable, and we have a more normal spring rainfall, it may be high but not record high like last year.
  12. new sled for shanty

    You believe everything you see on Television?!!!
  13. Penn Yan

    Actually, I'd say there has been a lot of good information on Kueka posted here, and Longspurs has been providing an illustrated guide to ice adventures all over WNY. Maybe Walk on Water is like the guys on Iceshanty that post twice and then expect to be told exactly where to set up their little TV, without actually reading back through the recent posts. Also, my sense is that the guys here are NOT fishing Kueka for 'gills, they are a little deeper looking for striped fish and skinny lakers.
  14. To be fair, dIscharge out the Saint Lawrence is higher now than last year at this time(somehow that is not on that chart) and if we get the rain in March and April this year that we got last year, even Donald Trump will have to consider global warming as being valid. The lake is higher than last year at this time, but we've had some pretty heavy snows with subsequent melt off. If they let too much water go, everyone will be clamoring for dredging so they can get their boats in the water! From the news report I saw this AM, it looks like most of the discussion focused on compensation from FEMA and others for damages.
  15. Thoughts on the weather

    This was posted yesterday on the Iceshanty Sandy Pond thread by New Old Guy, one of the more experienced and well spoken posters there. Looking at the forecast, I'd say it is pretty sage advice for anywhere in western and central NYS. "Yo Guys & Gals, Just a quick note here. Check your 10 day weather forecast for the coming week if you are making plans to hit the ice. Today and tomorrow look to be outstanding, after that the weatherman says we are not only turning warm, but the warmth will be coupled with some rain on Thursday and Friday. The warm weather will extend on into the week end. While we have been blessed with some great ice so far this season, the advent of warmer conditions and the oncoming spring like conditions will warrant a good look see before entering your favorite honey hole in your next week's traveling plans. Some accesses will be better than others, obviously. Remember, those creek flow areas are always the first to go. The gas holes which seemingly disappear with all the snow cover are still there and will be more visible in the coming week . The thinner ice will go first so don't forget to bring your spuds with you that you left home for the last 2 weeks. This is the time of winter we all have to be aware. Let's all stay safe and use good judgement. I want all my friends to be there next year so I can kibitz with them. In closing, I will again use the old admonition ..... SPUD SPUD SPUD"
  16. Cayuga 2/10

    That looks like a commercial tie of a Grey Ghost, a classic Carrie Stevens Maine fly for Salmon and Brook Trout. The NE flies are generally imitating smelt, or brightly colored, like the Mickey Finn: These flies are usually 4-5" long, Size six or four hooks.
  17. Cayuga 2/10

    Common in New England and the Adirondacks especially right after ice out. Fast speed and a lot of times right in the prop wash. Make sure you have a really good rod holder or hang on tight!!!
  18. Trout in the Classroom

    FYI. You may want to look into this program. FYI: Aboard the U.S. EPA ship Lake Guardian. Email is from SeaGrant. View this email in your browser SHIPBOARD SCIENCE ON LAKE ONTARIO The Workshop: The workshop begins when you board the ship in Buffalo, NY on July 9th and ends in Youngstown, NY on July 15th. Educators from Great Lakes states who work with kids at any level from 4th through 12th grade are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is March 14, 2018. Other News: Read about Michelle and Michele in our recently-posted Scientist Spotlight and Teacher Feature. Check out all the new Great Lakes curriculum we've added to our searchable curriculum tool. You are receiving this email because you signed up for Educator Opportunities on the Center for Great Lakes Literacy.
  19. With the Pictometry systems a lot of counties are using, you can just about tell the make and model of a compact car in a driveway, and you can measure setbacks etc without a site visit. I'd be careful about that one hole outhouse without checking the codes, while there are still a couple of counties in NYS that will allow an outhouse, it is not all that many, they want to see a properly sited and constructed septic system, as will any nearby people (and maybe you eventually) who might have drilled wells. And just because you're off the roads doesn't mean you can't be seen, a lot of the flyovers get done during leaf off. Code violations are definitely one thing where it is not easier to beg forgiveness than to ask for information (and permission). I was sitting outside a local watering hole with a friend one day when the Google wagon drove by. With the "Little walking man" tool, I can pull up a picture of the two of us to this day, although google blurs the faces. White hair shows up though!!
  20. Ice Status

    You will have an easier time finding it if you look for Orchard Park Blvd, north off Empire Blvd just before Empire goes down the hill to Float Bridge, where the creek goes into the Bay, and up to Penfield. Take the left onto Orchard Park until you come to the 90° left turn where you start to see the bay, where it becomes Bay Front South, and follow it to just before the driveway for the Fish and Game Club, just past Sutter's Marina. New out there I would follow the tracks out, and SPUD if you get away from where folks have been fishing. Everybody says stay away from the Condos to the North, lots of bubbler action over there.
  21. Hardwater report !!

    I'd have to consider making the wife upset by putting that one on the wall, or he's holding it way out!! WOW!
  22. Hardwater report !!

    I took a guy down to Canadice one year, on the way down I went through Honeoye, and asked him if he was 100% street legal, because I could stop at the hardware store if maybe he needed something like duct tape and a sharpie to label his tip ups, or maybe he could get an Auger Blade at the bait store if his was dull. He replied that everything was fine. When I got to the top of the hill and didn't make the turn onto Canadice Lake Road, he asked where I was going, and I said to the water plant at Hemlock for permits, and he told me it was a waste of time, we'd never get checked back that far from a main drag. When we got out on the ice, I cut a hole in about 18 feet, not far off shore, and liked the thickness so I headed out deep and cut a couple of holes for dead bait rigging on the bottom, and then cut three more (Tip-up limit was still 5 then) closer in for under the ice rigs for whatever, and then another one in about 40 ft for jigging (he had set up a rod in the original hole I'd cut). While I was "warming up" my augur, he cut one hole, then told me his augur was too dull, and he'd hurt his ribs at work and couldn't cut anymore, would I mind cutting his holes, too. I cut him a couple more, and he said that was enough he'd just fish with three tip-ups and jig the other hole. About 1/2 an hour later a NYS Police car drove by, and about 10 minutes after that returned from the south and stopped. Momentarily, the Stetson started heading out on the ice, and the officer asked us both for licenses and reservoir permits. We had our permits REAL handy, but neither one of us could find the license, so the officer told us to keep looking while he took a walk. My buddy said, why do you think he is checking the tip-ups, I replied likely for the labels, which I had specifically asked him about on the ride down. When he returned, we both had our licenses and he looked at mine, congratulated me for a good set that was in street legal shape, wished me luck, and told me I could leave. He asked my friend about only using three tip ups, and why none were labelled. My buddy thought I should drive him to Springwater the next week to meet the JP with him, but I reminded him that I told him about the labels and offered to stop to get materials, and he didn't split the 20" brown he got out of the first hole I drilled (and the trooper didn't confiscate). He also ran out to one of my deep set flags and pulled it, missing the fish, before I could tell him to leave it alone and let the laker eat the bait. I been ice fishing solo since then! But if something is not legit, why not mention it to the ECO's, the poachers are only going to possibly ruin the fishing in future years and give the honest sportsmen a bad name, potentially impacting access in the future?
  23. Hardwater report !!

    What would they see out on the ice?
  24. Ice Fishing

    Gee thanks, now I really feel like an old.....Luddite!!!!!
  25. Ice Fishing

    If someone can rig up a transducer to a cell phone and write and app, all the millennials will take up ice fishing!!!!! How did anyone ever catch a fish in the old days?????