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  1. The pic of that buck on the ground is so-so but the one where you are holding him is awesome. Congrats on a really nice buck, wow.
  2. its probably getting towed around by a big king right now, poppin up periodically like those yellow barrels in Jaws....
  3. Its 6 inches lower than its long term average as of Saturday. 245.6 Not as far off as most seem to be making it out to be, but definitely better than it was a few months ago. Lot of rain and still a heavy push from Erie is helping get her back up closer to normal.
  4. We were out in front of iBay this evening, had a pretty good outing. Boated a few lakers and three kings, including a really nice one that took a spoon/dipsy set around 200 over 140ft. We were anywhere from 120ft to 190 deep. The temp seemed to be pretty stable, 60-90 ft was around 50 to 47 degrees, although we marked fish and a handful of bait pods all over from 25 ft to 125. Had a few hits on FF white/ green. Forgot the meat rigs. For what its worth, i'd say your best bet for an 8yr old wld be 100-130 ft depth and have a few lines close to the bottom for lakers, we marked a bunch and got good fights out of the ones we caught. Vary your speed and good luck!
  5. oh yay, a trump discussion on my fishing report website. lets discuss vaccines next, and UFO's who I'm pretty sure are responsible for making all the brown trout disappear this spring and turned them all into fat ugly lakers.
  6. Here's a direct quote from the article on the guy leading the Waddington tourney "Essential to his execution was Johnston’s use of a Flogger — a cone-shaped device with a clear, flat screen that sits at the water’s surface and allows him to view details below. Similar to looking through a dive mask, without the submersion, the Flogger provides key perspective that aids in presentation. “It shows you your bait, it shows you where the fish is and it shows you the sweet spot,” Johnston said. “You’re seeing how the fish reacts to your bait. I can catch them eventually, but it just speeds up the process.” Fish in a barrel. Textbook definition of unfair chase and these guys are so far gone with their technology they don't even realize how ridiculous the sport has become. He's actually SEEN the exact fish he's going to catch prior to the tourney and he seems to think its normal.
  7. Definitely don't think I own the river, although watching my kids (4th generation of river rats) enjoy it as much as my grandparents did probably makes me a little overprotective of the area. My issue is the technology has gone so far past fair chase that it's laughable. The sonar tech was bad enough, but now we see the tournament guys 20 feet off our breakwall looking into these cones that go into the water and they can actually see the fish now with these devices. They're harassing these poor breeder bass into reaction strikes and horsing them into their boats, then off they go watching their tv screens for the next victim. Sorry but that makes me sick to my stomach, its unsportsmanlike and so far removed from what I believe fishing should be. These bass don't stand a chance and these tourneys that don't release fish on the spot are out of touch with reality. I'm glad its dumping rain right now on the river, maybe they'll take the hint.
  8. I was out your way yesterday also and found pretty much the same thing, temp break was around 70-80ft but good marks and caught one king in the 45-50ft range on a green black mag spoon.
  9. You deserved that experience. Thanks for sharing and for prioritizing the well being of the muskie over getting a picture. Not all fishermen would have been so sportsmanlike. Just curious, what kind of lure did she hit?
  10. i have some interest in this too. please circle back with a report on how you did. good luck!
  11. Thats so great to hear. Was hoping the tourneys would evolve to a pure catch n release like that.
  12. Personally these bass tournament boats are super annoying. They come through our area with these ugly boats, huge motors, and fish finding tech that borders on unfair chase. They pick off the big females from the points of our shoals and take them 30 miles downriver. They horse their fish in with these heavy lines, pop them in the live well, and off they go to the next waypoint on their computer that they input when they "prefished" with the sonar the previous day. I know they bring money to the north country, but for those of us who have been up in the 1000 islands for generations, to see these yahoo's blow through our little fishing spots with the nascar outfits and the gaudy 300hp boats, we call em the human cormorants.
  13. great job! nice to see a fat perch, they've been really beat up by the invasive species in recent years in the river.
  14. Not an easy solution for the boat wag, but you'll get used to it and get better at avoiding the over-correction. Some trim positions make it worse/better so play with that and resist the oversteer. The wag gets worse w dirty hulls too, more friction=more pull.
  15. Way to stick it out, you guys are warriors. You must've been laughing when the king bite was on like "OK so we just caught more kings in the last 2 hours trolling than we did in the last 50hrs of trolling"
  16. Thats classic Canook behavior, more worried about spending resources to keep Americans out of their waters than vaccinating their citizens. I wonder if it ever crossed their minds that selling Canadian fishing licenses to Americans is an economic boost, and would offer zero risk of covid spread. I used to love Trudeau but I feel like the dude gets more shortsighted by the day.
  17. If it makes you feel any better, even with perfect weather you likely would have struggled with catching anything but lakers. Its really been a down year for browns.
  18. I agree with AnglingAddict the IJC could have been more responsive to the rate of change of supply in the past, especially the 2016/17 winter they were too restrictive w outflows and it cost us dearly. See the attachment, we're likely going to be about a foot low this year with an average rainfall spring. From my selfish perspective, not having to hump another 700 sandbags out to our little island in the St Lawrence is a big relief.
  19. IJC isn't "drawing the lake down". Two weeks ago the team of hydrologists that consult with the commission suggested they are safe to slow outflows because they felt like they were out of the woods from another repeat of 2017 and 2019 (and 1998, 1993, 1976, 1973, 1952 and most of the 1940's which was well before the lake levels were regulated.) I'm amazed more and more at our society's ability to draw simple conclusions and offer their own basic solutions to extremely complex challenges. "Here's how ya fix the water levels, these guys are all idiots...... Don't listen to the immunologists, here's how ya beat covid..... plan 2014 is the reason for all this water" If the guy who claimed he was from the IJC actually WAS, he might have posted this instead: Lower than average precipitation and winter snowpack runoff have resulted in decreased inflows to Lake Ontario. The reduced inflows have resulted in lower water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. In response to these conditions, the Board has decided to reduce outflows from Lake Ontario beginning on 10 April, 2021. During January and February this year, the Board was deviating under authority granted by the International Joint Commission (IJC) to remove additional water from Lake Ontario as a result of the risk analysis in December 2020 showing approximately a 28% chance of water levels exceeding a damaging high water threshold in 2021. A total of 9.4 cm (3.7 in.) was removed from Lake Ontario to further reduce the risk of potentially damaging high water levels in late Spring and early Summer. Due to the reduced spring runoff, the Board has decided to reduce outflows below those specified by the plan to restore the extra water removed during the winter to Lake Ontario at a rate of approximately 2 cm (0.8 in) of water to Lake Ontario per week for the next three weeks. After these 3 weeks, the Board will revert to plan-prescribed outflows. This strategy will allow Lake Ontario and Lake St. Lawrence water levels to increase more than they would under plan-prescribed flows over the next few weeks. It now appears likely that Lake Ontario levels will remain below long-term average over the summer unless very wet weather occurs. Most forecast scenarios suggest that Lake Ontario levels will remain above critical low water level thresholds due to lower than average precipitation.
  20. great pics but your posts seem less like a fishing report and more like a link to your site geared to get you more charters. either way i sure do love salmon pics
  21. well if it makes you feel better my brotha, that rainbow is currently in a mix of brown sugar, kosher salt and soy sauce, gonna let it air dry for a few hrs tmrw and then into the smoker at 175 for 3 hrs. got a honey and rum mixture to baste on a few times w a little ground black pepper in it. i'll swing by with a sampler for ya. i figured if all we get is one fish all day we might as well do it up right.
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