Wednesday, May 9, 2018

record walleye caught

We’re also waiting on official confirmation of a new state record walleye caught this past week on the St. Lawrence River. Brian Hartman of Alexander Bay reeled in an 18.2-pound walleye that stretched 32 inches and had a girth of 21 inches. The previous record was 16 pounds, 8 ounces.
Lake Ontario and tributaries
The Chinook salmon started to turn on between the Niagara Bar and Wilson last weekend, just in time for the start of the Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby that kicks off Friday and runs through May 20. Capt. Bob Songin of Reel Excitement Charters running out of Wilson reports good action on kings, Coho salmon and lake trout in 70 to 100 feet of water. Get your spoons or spin doctors and flies down 55 to 65 feet of water with your riggers and divers. Green and gold were hot colors, but it all depends on the day. Tributaries were producing a mixed bag as well earlier in the week. It looks like it’s the end of the trout fishing as the stream waters continue to warm, but they are quickly being replaced by active bass and the occasional northern pike.

Monday, April 30, 2018

regulations apply to most New York muskellunge

The statewide opening day for muskellunge fishing is the last Saturday in May (May 26). The statewide minimum size limit is 40 inches. These regulations apply to most New York muskellunge waters, with the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and the St. Lawrence River being noteworthy exceptions. On these waters, the minimum size limit is 54 inches. The season opens on the third Saturday of June (June 16).
Additional exceptions to the statewide regulations for muskellunge and other species exist, so anglers should be sure to pick up a copy of the 2018-19 Freshwater Fishing Regulations guide to ensure they are aware of the current regulations for the water they are fishing. The latest guide is available online and at all DEC offices and sporting license vendors.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Gateway Museum

The Morristown Gateway Museum will open a new exhibit on “Big Fish” this summer.
The focus will be on fishing for sturgeon and muskie in the St. Lawrence River near Morristown.
The museum has contracted with Hallie Bond to research and manage the project.
She was at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake from 1983 until 2012, first as education director and then as curator.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Chaumont Bay on the eastern end of Lake Ontario

Anglers are getting out throughout the state -- from the Swinging Bridge Reservoir in Sullivan County in the Catskills, to Chaumont Bay on the eastern end of Lake Ontario, to Chautauqua Lake on the state's western end.
"This winter is kind of like the ones I remember growing up," said Todd Cerow, owner of the Thousand Island Bait and Tackle store in Alexandria Bay.
Cerow said the St. Lawrence River has had plenty of ice anglers out on the bays the past week. Places like Eel Bay have 6 to 10 inches, depending on the snow cover.
Nearby Black Lake has ice that's 4 to 8 inches thick, but the snow makes it tough to get around, Cerow said. Meanwhile, Chaumont Bay, a popular ice fishing spot, has ice 8 inches or more, he said. "There are a lot of walleyes being caught. Recently a 12-pounder,' he added.
Rob Jarvis, of Bay Bridge Sports and Tackle, on Lake Ontario's Sodus Bay in Wayne County has angler were are enjoying a solid, 6 to 7 inches of ice.

Monday, November 27, 2017

St. Lawrence River, the lake sturgeon

For the lake sturgeon to be taken off the state’s list of threatened species, the DEC’s proposed Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan requires at least 750 sexually mature sturgeon to be documented in six of the DEC’s seven management units statewide as well as evidence of at least three years of wild reproduction of the fish over a five-year period.
Lake Erie – including Cattaraugus Creek, Buffalo Harbor and the upper Niagara River – is considered to be one of those six areas.
Lake Ontario, from the lower Niagara River and the lake to about Rochester, is another.
In the St. Lawrence River, the lake sturgeon has come all the way back. More than 1,000 sturgeon have been located at Massena.
It was that discovery – and vast new research into the lake sturgeon’s spawning tendencies, range and other data – that prompted the DEC to revisit its recovery plan for the fish that was last updated a dozen years ago.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Zebra and quagga mussels

When they picked up cargo further up the Great Lakes system, that ballast water was drained. This is probably how zebra mussels and quagga mussels found their way from the Caspian Sea into the very hospitable environment of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. These tiny mollusks have destroyed many of the fisheries of the Great Lakes, and clog up water intakes of cities and towns along the shores. To make matters worse these mussels exited the Great Lakes “back door”, a canal in Chicago that connects to the Mississippi River watershed. Zebra and quagga mussels now damage that mighty river system and have even spread to the giant western reservoirs of Lake Powell and Lake Mead.