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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

St. Lawrence Walleye Association

The St. Lawrence Walleye Association is hosting four tournaments this summer: the Members only Tournament was held on June 18th, the Fishing with a Sponsor Tournament was held on July 15, the SLRWA Walleye Challenge will be held on Aug. 5 from the Massena Intake Boat Launch (see Hooks and Antlers on Page B2) and the Fall Classic will be held on Sept. 16.
The St. Lawrence Valley Sportsmen’s Club holds an Opening Weekend Walleye Tournament an Opening Weekend Smallmouth Bass Tournament.
“Things continue to go very well and we have been helped a great deal of help from the Lake Champlain Walleye Association which receives funds from the State of Vermont and is doing tremendous things,” said Gagner.
“We had a great stocking year. Doug McLean does an outstanding job managing our ponds and there is a great deal to it. And we had no cannibalism in the ponds this year.”

Friday, July 7, 2017

carp in Quebec

The ministry says very concerned about the appearance of the grass carp in Quebec and feared that the other three species of asian carp can also come and look after our waterways.
The MFFP has confirmed last spring that they have detected the carp in no less than 16 areas along the St. Lawrence river.
To combat the spread of the unwanted fish, the department announced last February that the ban on the use of live bait fish during the winter period, in the framework of sport fishing.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New York Camping Guide

St. Lawrence River there are many campgrounds along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Finger Lakes and countless smaller lakes or ponds in Central NY.
Designated campsites at state campgrounds usually offer swimming, fishing, hiking, playgrounds for kids and more. Usually there is a variety of wildlife there or nearby. For example two of the campgrounds we frequent have ospreys while another has a pair of bald eagles. In campgrounds operated by OPR a certain number of sites usually have electric hookups, while there are none in DEC campgrounds.
 Both OPR and DEC campgrounds are listed in a booklet “New York Camping Guide” with lots of information on facilities found at each. You can obtain this guide as well as get information online by visiting the website www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/camping. Reservations can be made by going though Reserve America at 1-800-456 CAMP or www.newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com.