Show All » 2008 » Recent

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I'm Baaaaack!!!

Ok already, I really am truly sorry for the long summer delay between updates. It is just that I get so busy from April through September doing that fishing thing that the frequency of my blogs suffers. Anyhow, I know this is a rather flimsy excuse, so color me guilty. In any event as someone once said, "I'm Baaack!" 2009 was a decent year for fishing with great brown trout action, and a good salmon season that produced generally larger kings than in years past. That plump, pesky exotic invader known as the Round Goby is being gobbled up by the brownies resulting in sizeable football shaped fishing targets.

This is probably the only good thing associated with the Goby as they are truly an exotic specie nightmare. The shipping industry battles hard for status quo regarding ballast water exchange regulations. As long as present ballast regulations remain in effect, exotic invaders will continue to infiltrate the Great Lakes. 

     I moved the "Dixie Dandy" back to the Little Salmon River around September 1st as cold, cold, water blew into the Oswego area turning those waters into a icy cold no mans land, or should I say a no fish land. In any event fishing was spectacular in front of the Salmon River with Chinooks and Cohoes on the attack most every day. Keep in mind that this area receives the largest planting of stocked fish as the only NYS Salmon rearing facility sits some 13 miles upstream of the lake. In all probability I will follow the same plan in 2010, which will be to start the season in Oswego and depending on fish movement, sliding back to my Little Salmon River mooring at the B&B Landing for the month of September.  Please keep in mind that this cleverly designed plan is entirely dependent on the whims of Mother Nature. It will all depend on how the winds blow.

     The Columbus Day arrival started the egg taking process at the Salmon River Hatchery in Altmar, NY.  Good fish returns resulted in planned egg quotas being achieved for both Chinooks and Cohoes. The eggs are now in the incubation stage and will transform into smolts over the winter to be raised and released into the lake in 2010. (Once they have spent a few weeks in the net pens adjusting to non hatchery life.) For the third year in a row the Chinooks will be given an adipose clip,  (last fin on the back) to identify them as stocked fish. Catch a mature salmon with no adipose clip and you can bet it is a salmon spawned in the wild. We will soon have a scientific handle on just how many wild spawned fish make it to adulthood. This is important information necessary for biologists to properly manage the fishery. Prior to arrival of our technically advanced fish marking system wild fish population estimates were non existent. With the guesswork replaced with empirical data, even better fishery management will result. The "crackerjack" NYS DEC Lake Ontario Fishery Team continues their excellent work. 
     Recently, I completed my sixth USCG License Renewal. Things have changed quite a bit since my first application over 25 years ago and the 911 tragedy has had much to do with it. The Captains license is now referred to as a credential and rather than a piece of paper it is in the form of a booklet that reminds me of a passport. It contains my now required Transportation Workers ID photo, which requires fingerprints to be on file, and other pertinent information. This is a good thing and will have nothing but a positive effect on the charter industry especially for those who play by the rules.

     Now that I have finally updated my blog and added 2009 photos to my site I will provide more frequent updates regarding our fishery. Really I will! So tune in often and of course let me know if you would like to fish with us in 2010. Thanks for reading the Captain Experience Blog.




Posted By: Capn Gerry Bresadola @ 8:14:36 PM


Show All » 2008 » Recent

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Taking Stock in Stocking

For nearly four decades the magnificent Lake Ontario fishery has been managed efficiently through employment of a methodology that is based on yearly stocking of hatchery reared  trout and salmon. Each new season brings a planting of some 1.6 million fingerling Chinooks, approximately 200,000 yearling Coho, 600,000 steelhead yearlings, nearly 500,000 brown trout yearlings and about 500,000 yearling lake trout. In addition around 200,000 Atlantic salmon are also stocked on an annual basis. This is why year in and year out we have enjoyed consistantly good fishing.

I certainly hope the current management approach will continue. Sure some years are better than others due to nature's whims, but in general we are provided with excellent fishing opportunities second to none and it is why we can say that our fishery remains world class. Make no bones about it; the reason behind the good fishing is the stocking program. It is steady, consistent, controlled and as a result, very productive.

     Since fishing preferences vary greatly according to the likes of the myriad of anglers it is not surprising that some anglers really do not give a hoot about the salmonid fishery and would prefer other species to prevail in Lake Ontario such as the burbot. Many "green" people would like to see the lake returned to pre human settlement status. Sort of a return to the days when if you fished and you caught a cold you probably died. Ah yes the good old days.

     The last few years have seen tributary streams benefiting from clean water efforts and we have seen a huge increase in the number of wild salmon, especially in the Salmon River. Through use of a state of the art fish marking system, stocked salmon now have an adipose fin clip which will differentiate them from naturally spawned fish that of course have no clips. Soon we will know just how the wild fish are contributing to the Chinook biomass if at all. Scientists need to know if any of the tiny stream born wild creatures reach adult hood in the open lake waters. Right now that is the $64,000 question.

     Already some are suggesting that wild fish are better and we should discontinue the stocking program, to which I say bull feathers. Ever hear of the recent salmon situation in fertile northern Pacific waters? Salmon fishing out west is in deep trouble.  I welcome the wild fish but be advised that if we depend on a totally wild fishery we will soon see boom or bust fishing opportunities. It will be nothing like what we enjoy today. If wild fish are making a serious contribution to the numbers of adult salmon, (some biologists currently question their current impact,) their presence must be factored into stocking numbers and perhaps stocking numbers will need to be adjusted, but not eliminated. It should be steady as she goes so that our wonderful fishing history will continue. Keep an eye on this one.




Posted By: Capn Gerry Bresadola @ 8:11:32 AM


Show All » 2008 » Recent

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Business of Fishing

For a couple of decades now, New York State has felt the nasty exit breezes as plenty of companies flee our borders for greener more business friendly pastures. Most times the destinations were to other states geographically well to the south of the so called Empire State. In the Central New York area alone we have witnessed the exodus of such giants as General Motors, much of General Electric, most of Carrier, all of Allied Chemical, Smith Carona, Remington Rand, Ithaca Gun, Chicago Pneumatic, Easy Washer, Miller Brewing, Nestle, and Lamson

Corp just to name a few once healthy employers. With the recent announcement that Magna Corp (formerly part of Chrysler Corp.) will soon close its E. Syracuse, NY facility, yet another major employer bites the dust. Take that Mr. Puny Economy. 

     Every election year I hear the political mantra being touted that "If you vote for me, I will create jobs. I have a plan and I will deliver".  Well don't hold your breath, as NYS continues to tax, and spend, NYS jobs continue to disappear. I for one am still waiting for the jobs to show up as promised in those campaign sales pitches. This is not about jobs for me, hell I'm well into the AARP mode, but jobs for the working willing who are certainly suffering. These guys and gals get elected, so they must be convincing someone to listen to the job promises. It doesn't appear to me that they have delivered on the age old campaign hoopla, unless they meant they would create jobs in China.

     So what is my point?  Why bring this up on my fishing web site? Read on my friend, read on. The Lake Ontario fishery is a revenue generating machine that requires minimal financial spending in relation to the revenue it provides. It has been estimated that the lake fishery generated over 75 million in annual revenues in 2008 and the Salmon River Fishery was responsible for another 27 million. That adds up to over a 100 million green smacker industry that is unique to New York State and this does not include revenues generated by tributary flows other than the Salmon River.

     Fishing tackle, boat sales, and visitor revenues help fuel our economy.  The infrastructure called Lake Ontario exists thanks to a friendly glacier and will never move to another location, unless that glacier passes by once again. The south shore of Lake Ontario lays mostly in NYS and with proper care will serve up great fishing and substantial revenues as long as we continue to manage the "company" efficiently and intelligently. In fact we could probably even increase the revenue generation without too much effort. In a nut shell, the lake is a fabulous resource. If you build it they will come, except in this case it is already built. Pretty nice isn't it?

     The customers of the "business" purchase fishing tackle, boats, boat accessories, licenses; they eat at local restaurants and sleep at local motels. They buy fuel for their boats and cars; they buy food, drink, and snacks. They buy gifts, go to movies and a whole gaggle of other things to numerous to name here.

     Like it or not our fishery is a revenue generating machine that contributes to our statewide economy. If a 100 plus million dollar NYS based industry even hinted that they were considering leaving the state the elected overseers would jump to offer incentives of all kinds to get that industry to stay put and that is not a bad thing. It is however somewhat ironic that when our Governor finally tries to cool the state's boiling fiscal cauldron, as well he should, we look at the successful fishing industry and cut fishery bureau jobs and increase user fees. Truth is stranger than fiction, isn't it!

     While budget woes continue, the short funded DEC Fishery people are managing the effort to get the job done with less people. It appears that as usual the users of the fishery will accept fee increases if those increases are used for DEC support and not things like tattoo removal or bridges to nowhere, a couple of outrageous pork favorites.

     Let it be known that if you enjoy the Lake Ontario Fishery you are stimulating the economy. When you go fishing, even if you do it only once in a while, you are stimulating the economy. When you purchase fuel, when you place a line in the water with that recently purchased lure, you are stimulating the economy. As you are fishing, when you sit back, relax and chomp on that huge sub sandwich, that you recently purchased, you are stimulating the economy. When your brand new rod nestled in your expensive downrigger pops free and starts to buck and the reel screams with the peeling line attached to a mighty king, you are stimulating the economy. As you enjoy the exciting battle to bring the bruiser fish to the boat, well that's a stimulation of a different color. Only recreational and charter trollers will know what that is like. As I have said in the past, it's great to be a Lake Ontario troller. It is also very stimulating.

So go fishing and help our wonderful USA. Seems to me it can be not only fun, it is a patriotic thing to do. Hope you will join us in 2009.



Posted By: Capn Gerry Bresadola @ 9:14:32 AM


Show All » 2008 » Recent

Friday, March 20, 2009

Eastern Basin Football Games

It is time to play football, or should I say play with footballs. The NFL season is over while the 2009 Lake Ontario football season is about to begin. Of course I am talking about the fishing season for Lake Ontario's famous Eastern Basin "football" Brown Trout. For my money you cannot beat the brown trout angling in the eastern basin especially the Oswego area. It is so darn good!  

Starting in early April the action begins along the shoreline and in the confines of the Oswego Harbor. Using light line, light rods and warm clothing makes for some of the best fishing experiences one can find. Once hooked, the unpredictable browns can provide plenty of surprise filled action. Will the fish jump for the sky or swim to the depths, you never know till it happens? Will it prefer a shallow running lure or one down rigged to deeper depths, or will both presentations work? You just never know.

     Brown trout fishing is usually characterized by fast action where multiple hookups are quite common. A wide range of presentation techniques are used and this makes for some interesting situations. Catch one fish on one rod reel set up and the next fish on a totally different configuration and then on to still another type of presentation. Sounds interesting, doesn't it?

     Brown trout are wary, crafty creatures that do not wander too far from where they began their lives in the lake. They usually hang out together which affords the angler the multiple hookup probability. They will gobble up stick baits, spoons, spinners, tinsel flies worms and minnows just to name a few types of hook candy. This reminds me, about a time when I caught a brown on a young angler's Gummy Bear candy worm. True story, and if I remember correctly the color was green with a few white sprinkle "do dads". After catching that fish we would have used more gummies, but by that time we had eaten the entire bag. 

      If I seem excited about brown trout fishing it is because I really am. I feel it is a fishing scenario where the puzzle must be solved many, many times during a fishing outing making the experience really intense and thus magnificently rewarding.

     One final thought, the last three NYS record brown trout were caught in Eastern Basin waters within four to five miles of one another. Hundreds of huge browns have been taken since the current record fish was landed and I might add that the current record fish was caught aboard the Dixie Dandy, and in case you are not aware, thatsa my boat. The next potential record brown is cursing out there getting bigger and bigger. If you want to catch it, well then you have got to go fishing

      So if you want a trophy brown I think you know where you should fish. Perhaps that guy should have said "go east young man".  In any event it is still great to be a Lake Ontario troller, as long as it is somewhere on Eastern Lake Ontario.

We hope you will choose to fish with us in 2009, and if you do, don't forget the Gummy Bears, especially the green ones.



Posted By: Capn Gerry Bresadola @ 8:52:00 PM


Show All » 2008 » Recent

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Stimulate This!

After weeks and weeks of doom and gloom coverage regarding the economy, congress has passed a humongous spending bill that in the short term may or may not help and in the long run will definitely burden future citizens when it is time to pay back the colossal amount of borrowed dollars. Much of the package is pure special interest pork; however with so much money being thrown against the wall, some of the spending will stick and may actually help. Take for example the possible container ship program, proposed for the Port of Oswego.  

With a mammoth ocean vessel such as the newly christened Emma Maersk ( expected to deliver thousands of containers to a new port facility scheduled for completion in late 2011 at the mouth of the St Lawrence in the Strait of Canso. ( Smaller lake ships will be used to deliver containers to inland ports not accessible to the 1200' monster ship. The Oswego Port is proposing to handle one or two ship arrivals bi weekly and distribute the individual containers via trucks to nearby cities. Good news for the area, you bet it is, and the cost is certainly not prohibitive. You see, much of the infrastructure for this operation is already in place. This includes the lake, the Oswego Harbor and the east side port facilities. The lake ships up to 700' in length are self loaders/unloaders making the operation most affordable. Let us hope that our elected representatives will hop on the bandwagon and make it happen. This is a sensible project that will provide increased commerce and of course needed jobs. To me it is a no brainer.

How will it affect fishing? Well anything that helps local economies will help fishing be it for charters or recreational anglers. The port itself will receive structural enhancement and in the middle of it all will be three local 1st class marinas serving the boating community. Now if you pop in a fourth nuclear plant for the Nine Mile area you have a real healthy stimulus for the Central New York economy. Good economies bode well for increased fishing probability as discretionary spending should increase. Both of these projects are a far cry from many of the pure pork projects that many politicos seem to favor such as one program spending big bucks on tattoo removal. Ouch!!!!

A new page could be added to the Port's history that I believe it will provide economic opportunity and be viewed with pride. In a round about way it could enhance fishing opportunities. It will still be great to be a Lake Ontario Troller. Like the movie suggested, build it and they will come for sure! I hope they build it. Stimulate brother, stimulate!


Posted By: Capn Gerry Bresadola @ 10:54:00 PM


Show All » 2008 » Recent

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Politics and Fishing

Come on now, if you are honest with yourself, are you not totally amazed at the goings on with regard to the economy. Actually I should say the "goings on" of our wonderful politicians as they try to solve what is "going on" with the economy as they attempt to determine what is actually "going on". It's a jungle out there and our almighty elected keepers of the jungle are pledging to save us if we only let them print more money.  

Spend newly minted money, print reams of dollars, and keep shoveling it out and we will soon have nary a worry. Why it's enough to make me want to forget it all and simply go fishing.

When you go fishing the only bailout you have to worry about is if your boat leaks, and the only "TARP" you need is one that covers the boat. Fannie Mae is the name of a bar maid at a local fisherman's pub, and Freddy Mac is an old time charter skipper who plays the "angles" on a boat named The Ponzi Schemer.

Catch and release is a new political jargon for "OK I forgot to pay a few taxes and you caught me, however since I am a good guy, release me so that I can run our country's money pit." There is also a brand new lure on the market called the "Pelosi" it swims to the left, is colored cash green and catches plenty of huge "suckers".

If you need some cheering up and want to take a break from the constant flow of bad news then let's go fishing. You will have an enjoyable day plus you might even do a bit of economy stimulating. So look on the bright side, give us a call and become a fishing stimulator. It is a great American thing to do.


Posted By: Capn Gerry Bresadola @ 9:45:11 AM


Show All » 2008 » Recent

Monday, January 12, 2009

Winter Now, Spring Getting Closer

The other day I decided to ride up to Lake Ontario to check out my lake house and the Oswego Marina. While driving north on Rt. 81, I could tell that the winds were really blowing and I guessed that the lake would be churning. Well, I was right, as the attached photos clearly show. Oswego was a lot worse than Mexico Bay as the winds had a bit of south west direction. 

 Sitting in my cozy warm truck watching the giant seas pour violently over the harbor seawall, I actually began to think about spring and the excellent brown trout fishing that will certainly occur partly because of the mighty Oswego River and the huge protected harbor area that is the home port of the Dixie Dandy.

    Most times during April, May and often in June, we do not have to travel too far to find the lakes now famous schools of football browns. Spring conditions mean fast moving river currents carrying plenty of nutrients to the open waters of the lake. The huge flow provides warmer stained water that acts like a magnet to hungry browns. Simply put it is a huge advantage to fishing out of the Oswego area. Even though I own a summer place on a dandy tributary that provides good spring fishing, several years ago I decided to move my boat to Oswego and I never looked back. I am convinced that for me and more importantly, for my valued customers, it was the right thing to do.

     The beauty of the harbor location is the fact that in itself is like a mini lake. It has currents, structure, differing bottom types and almost always warmer stained water. Certain areas always seem to hold fish and you can catch many different species. Early season weather patterns sometimes prohibit lake trolling, but the protected harbor lake is very rarely too rough to troll. I hate it for my clients when they drive to Oswego anxious to fish and are sometimes thwarted by an angry lake. The harbor eliminates that problem. Many times on a blustery day most other port boats cannot fish on the lake while we in Oswego can productively fish the harbor. Thats nice for us.

     Another important thing to consider when charter fishing, is to book during a week day if possible. Weekends are usually heavy on boat traffic that can make trolling more difficult. If at all possible, charter on a week day which means using a full time service. The best weekday? I like Mondays since most weekenders leave for home Sunday night.  Lots of room to troll. That is also nice for us.

     Seriously, any day of the week can serve up some great fishing, however in order to have a great day you have got to be on the water. If you want to be on the water and thus have a great day of fishing give us a call. Ah yes, it is definitely great to be a Lake Ontario troller.


Posted By: Capn Gerry Bresadola @ 8:22:14 AM


Show All » 2008 » Recent

Monday, December 22, 2008

Now that's good news!

After nearly three decades of planning for the start of another exciting charter season, never have I faced a situation quite like that looming before us today. The economic turmoil bailout frenzy, the arrogance of global warming zealots and partisan political pandering by most elected officials makes me sick! When you add in the latest incidents of political corruption and the audacious congressional pay increase slap in the face of hard pressed Joe Citizen well, I have about had it with our elected elitists and I don’t care which political party they call home!


 Why, it is enough to make a person say, screw this, Im going fishing. At least I hope that is what most Lake Ontario anglers are thinking.  After a two year, much too long and too expensive presidential race, and a disgusting continuation of the idiocy seeping from the politically correct movement, I say go fishing; it is good for the soul or whatever you prefer. It surely is better than the gobbledygook we have been fed for far too long.  So, take a deep breath, exhale slowly and think about fishing. Now isnt that better?  Now for some good news.

2008 Egg Harvest:

Salmon returns to the hatchery were excellent. Actually, we set a record by taking over three million Chinook eggs in the shortest period of time ever. With the 2008 water flow levels at or above normal, spawning salmon returned in droves and easily made it to the hatchery fish ladder and it was jump, jump, jump, jump, and a final splashing return to their place of birth. How nice! 2009 will see normal stocking numbers restored. Now that is good news.

Chinook Size:

This past year saw the average size of Chinook salmon jump to about 18 pounds which was a 3 pound increase over the 2007 season. In fact, on the Dixie Dandy we definitely saw plenty of mid twenty and a few 30 pound plus giants. This of course made for happy anglers and a happy Captain. Now that is also good news.

Net Pen Activity:

Our annual net pen rearing program continues to provide excellent returns of salmon and steelhead. This proven stocking method has really helped our Oswego, NY fishery to maintain its world class status. The recent financial settlement stemming from the old Hooker Chemical pollution fiasco has been received by NYS with the money specifically dedicated to the Lake Ontario Sport Fishery. We now have funds to pay for future net pen materials such as netting, cleaning supplies, etc. Now that is good news.

NYS Budget Cuts:

Finally, NYS has realized that former out of control spending binges have got to be cut! The Wall Street debacle has resulted in a sizeable reduction to NYS Tax coffers. With their not too strong political backs against the wall, they know it is time to cut. So let the games begin as every agency will begin lobbying for their cause. Dont cut me, cut the other guy, will be the mantra of the day. These infighting battles should be very interesting indeed.

Our Fish and Wildlife Division will also be facing funding cuts. Those of us deeply involved in the trout and salmon fishery are already hard at work with our lobbying effort drawing attention to just how much money is raised through license sales and LO generated revenues associated with the angling effort.  It is millions and millions man!!!

While several staffing cuts will be made, our Lake Ontario trout and salmon stocking programs will continue with no cuts in 2009 stocking levels. Now that is good news.

Fuel Prices:

It looks like 2009 gas cost will be less than the inflated prices we saw last year. Experts predict that the economic slowdown results in lower fuel consumption as John Q Public adjusts driving habits. For example, a recent stakeholder meeting was held at a location some 45 miles west of Syracuse. In the past, all participants probably would have driven their cars to the site. This year four of us pooled in one car and split the cost to save fuel. Take that OPEC guys! You bet lower fuel costs will make it better for all of us.

Now that is also good news.

2009 Looking Good:

I am excited about this years fishing outlook. When you couple our dedicated DEC fishery staff, a successful net pen program, wild fish production, and a skillfully managed put, grow and take management philosophy, good fishing will result. That certainly is good news. Let me take that back, it is great news!

Hope you will choose to fish with us in 2009.  Fishing can be so soothing and I for one need a good soothing.

Oh yeah, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year or if you prefer, Happy Holidays.


Posted By: Capn Gerry Bresadola @ 7:22:11 PM


Show All » 2008 » Recent

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Just the Facts Man!

Here are a few Lake Ontario factoids.

This treasure of a lake is 193 miles long, 53 miles wide, and has 712 miles of shoreline. The lakes average depth is 283 feet, with the deepest depth, way, way down at 802 feet. The lake has 7340 miles of surface area and a water retention/ replacement time of 6 years. Its drainage basin area is 23,400 square miles. Safe to say it is a large body of water, even though it is the smallest Great Lake.


We all are well aware of the wonderful world class fishery dominated by huge king salmon and trout that exists within its waters. We may not all be aware that this action packed fishery is totally dependent on the smallest of creatures, some visible only under magnification of a microscope. Without this assortment of critters, great catching would not be possible.

The food chain puzzle is certainly complex and ever changing. It all starts with phytoplankton, (algae), which gets eaten by zooplankton, which gets eaten by small fish such as alewives, which in turn is eaten by salmon and trout which then gets consumed by a big time predator known as a human.

Starting with the phytoplankton population, nurtured by the sun fueled photosynthesis process; the nutrient energy capability of the lake is an ever evolving, tumultuous, biological adventure. Thats why some years produce bigger fish than others. Like the NYS Lottery guy says, "hey you never know."

The completion of the St Lawrence Seaway shipping channels and gigantic lock system really changed things throughout the Great Lakes by knowingly providing an entry channel for hundreds of foreign species to our waters. Zebra and Quagga Mussels, ruffe, , gobies, spiny water fleas and fish hook water fleas are a few of the recent relocated residents previously found in Eastern European waters. So far the lake has adapted and survived the invasion but school is out regarding long term consequences. We can only hope that the lakes resiliency powers will allow it to prevail. As governments, lobbied by the shipping industry, move toward exotic invader elimination through ballast water control at the speed of a one legged turtle, our best hope is the lakes ability to adjust on its own.

So far so good, however, what new invader is currently lurking at the doorstep of the worlds largest freshwater system? Well how about the recent arrival, Mr. Hemimysis Anomala, nicknamed the Bloody Red Shrimp. Check out Found recently off Oswego NY, the creature about 1/2 in length is now believed to have been around for a couple of years. We are not yet certain of the shrimps long term impact; however, biologists believe the recent larger alewife size may be a result of their consumption of the newly arrived amphipod. What nature taketh away it sometimes givith back, as it appears that the shrimp are being gobbled up by opportunistic alewives. Fatter baitfish means larger salmon and trout. Perhaps this will be a good invadermaybe. I hope.

Only time will tell. Speaking of time, yours truly, a hungry predator, is about to chomp on some turkey leftovers. It is still great to be a Lake Ontario Troller, especially around Thanksgiving time.


Posted By: Capn Gerry Bresadola @ 5:22:11 PM


Show All » 2008 » Recent

Friday, November 14, 2008

We're baaaack!!!!

   As usual we get pretty busy during salmon prime time and as a result my blogging offerings slow down to nothing. Now that my boat and summer residence are winterized and nicely tucked in for the winter the creative juices are flowing once again. As you must know, we are in very demanding economic times. As our elected officials finally agree to print more money to throw at the Wall Street mess, (creating a mess on top of a mess), uncertainty is everywhere.

   After years of uncontrolled ballooning budgets New York State has finally decided to curtail spending and has called for sizeable budget cuts. This will effect the funding for our DEC and thus some fishing and hunting programs may see dollar shortfalls, especially in the area of personnel expansion. It appears that the revenue generating Lake Ontario Fishery may need some belt tightening; however, our stocking program will remain intact. Thats very good news for the Lake O sport fishery. By the way, the 2008 egg harvest was a success with all projected numbers achieved. Presently the eggs are incubating and will be ready for their distribution into the lake starting in May 09.

   2008 fishing was generally good, especially for browns and steelies. Salmon were bigger as many 30 lb giants were landed. Some areas of the lake saw a decrease in Chinook catch rates probably due to the old adage that mother nature bats last. After a down year in some ports, I notice a few charter operators are moving to other areas that had a better 08 season. I guess they do not know that while we can stock healthy fish, once they are turned loose, their actual survival rates are out of our control. It is nature who decides whether the returns will be good or bad and where the fish want to hang out during the season. Some years are better than others and the cycle jumps all over the place. 30 years spent fishing Lake Ontario waters have taught me this. It has also taught me that the Oswego area is one of the best and most productive areas to fish year in and year out. No brag, just fact.

   Our new state of the art fish marking system is being put to very good use. This past year stocked salmon were fin clipped and coded wire tagged. This will provide answers as to the make up of the salmon population with regard to wild vs. stocked fish. Guessing will be a thing of the past as we obtain empirical data from the marking program. This is crucial as we assess forage biomass in relation to predator population in the future.

   Right now, tributary fishing in is full swing and so far steelhead and salmon fishing has been terrific. Isnt that great? Keep checking in, as there is much more to come.



Posted By: Capn Gerry Bresadola @ 7:22:11 PM


«« First

Next »

Last »»

Records 21 to 30 of 58

« Go Back

RSS Help