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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

OSR #1-2006

   My docks are out of the water, the lake house is winterized and the Dixie Dandy is in dry dock till April 2007.  Generally, by the time my fishing season winds down in late September, I am ready for the winter break. The feeling usually lasts for a few days and like clockwork, the fishing hormones kick in and I begin to anticipate the upcoming season and the new fishing puzzle that will surely unfold.

     I recently completed an article for "Lake Ontario Outdoors" magazine which will be available in January. The article is about the explosion of wild Chinooks being spawned in the Salmon River. A combination of events has occurred, making this wild reproduction an annual affair. Scientists estimate 4 to 5 million wild ones are born each year. For more on this read the article in the next issue of Lake Ontario Outdoors.

     The first winter meeting of the Lake Ontario stake holder’s group, conducted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be held in early December. As a selected member of this group of about 20 individuals, I will once again be participating in discussions which will cover possible fishing regulation changes, stocking issues, cormorant control and other pertinent issues. You can bet there will be plenty of new issues to contemplate. I consider it a privilege to be a part of this group of concerned and dedicated Lake Ontario "citizens."

     Do you remember the Hooker Chemical Love Canal pollution fiasco that occurred in the Niagara Falls area of New York State over 25 years ago? Finally, a settlement with the current Hooker owner Occidental Petroleum has been reached. The NYS Bureau of Fisheries will receive a cash settlement of twelve million dollars to be used for Lake Ontario and the Niagara and St. Lawrence River fishery programs. Starting in January 2007 a series of public meetings will be held to garner information on how to best use the money. This money is earmarked for the Lake Ontario watershed area only and is not to be used for other non Lake Ontario recreational fishery programs.

     The complicated, always changing Lake Ontario ecosystem has to do battle with the elements of nature and the situations created by man. So far the system has done quite well but one never knows what the future holds. Sound management is essential. You might say we are in good hands with   New York STATE.

Posted By: Capn Gerry Bresadola @ 4:44:50 AM


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