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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wetland birds

Wetland birds such as Black Tern and Pied- billed Grebe should also benefit throughout the St Lawrence River-Eastern Lake Ontario Region. River flooding of marshes should reduce cattails and create more sedge meadow areas. These declining bird species will greatly benefit as this habitat type is essential for nesting and feeding. Other aquatic habitat users such as Great Blue Heron, American Bittern and Common Tern should also benefit. These birds feed in wetlands and its likely open water meadows would increase access to prey items. Marshes with greater habitat diversity benefit many fish and wildlife species and human inconveniences caused by greater fluctuations in water levels are a small price to pay for healthier ecosystems.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

fish from short biting

To eliminate fish from short biting tie a second hook to the first hook and place it in your crawler without affecting the natural action you get with the single hook. You can also buy stinger hooks that will attach to your single hook. When you feel the fish bite, instead of setting the hook right away, give the fish some line by moving your rod tip toward the water, once you feel the fish has taken the bait, then set the hook.