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Just wondering if anyone has made a trip there yet to see if the run has begun. Have some idle time, may venture down if so. 

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They have started moving in a couple of places I know of so I'd guess anytime now would be a good time.  I actually haven't ever went looking in daylight...much easier to count em and check size with a light in my areas anyway.  35 more days...

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Also got to see a bald eagle while there yesterday.

When we got there, we were the only ones there. By the time we left, the place was pretty packed, so try to time it so you’re not on top of other people.


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Yea, took a ride down earlier today, as did everyone else. No spots in the lot, and overflow parking across the street. Decided to bypass it for now. Still a nice day for a ride.

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My wife and I stopped there a couple days ago. Really cool to see all the pike trying to get over the foot high dam. At least when we were there only saw one little pike make it over the dam. Was wondering if the pike do actually get over the dam or do they spawn somewhere between the dam and the main lake. There is a huge wetland which would be prime spawn area above the dam. Just curious.

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Great place to take kids for a biology home school course. Wonder how much longer the spectacle will last. Anyone know? Reminded me of our once in a life time Alaska cruise last year (glad we didn't schedule for this year) where we saw thousands of salmon on a spawning run up a tiny creek in Ketchican.

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18 minutes ago, guff said:

My wife and I stopped there a couple days ago. Really cool to see all the pike trying to get over the foot high dam. At least when we were there only saw one little pike make it over the dam. Was wondering if the pike do actually get over the dam or do they spawn somewhere between the dam and the main lake. There is a huge wetland which would be prime spawn area above the dam. Just curious.

 

A lot do make it over the spillway.  I'd imagine many of the ones that can't make it over will spawn in the creek below the spilway, along with the walleye.

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That spillway should be removed so the pike can spawn in numbers in prime habitat.  

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Just now, GAMBLER said:

That spillway should be removed so the pike can spawn in numbers in prime habitat.  

 

Removing the spillway would remove the prime habitat.  It's retaining the water in there so that they CAN spawn there.

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I have duck hunted in that marsh.  Without that spillway, there would still be plenty of spawning habitat.  Some spots we hunted were over waist deep.  Do big pike make it back to the lake after spawning?  If they are left in that marsh, the water will get to warm for them to maintain body weight.  Does anyone know when that spillway was constructed?  The pike population in Conesus is nothing compared to what it was in the 70's and 80's according to the old timers I know that live on the lake.  

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I imagine DEC had a good reason why they built the spillway the way they did but the pike did not seem to have any trouble swimming up the concrete apron until they hit the foot high dam. Seems like if the apron was a foot higher and on the same slope all the pike would have made it up into the massive wetland.The concrete apron would have to be extended downstream until it got to the proper elevation but that would not seem to be a huge construction project. Just a thought. Again I imagine there is a good reason why it was built the way it was. Just my 2 cents worth.   

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