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Lake Erie Hot Topics / Blue Pike Wrappers
« Last post by creekcrawler on 02/20/14, 12:38 »
About a year ago I scored one wrapper from Blue  Pike and posted it up here in case anyone  wanted to print it.
Well, got another one!

Here are both in hi def scans. Enjoy!

Direct link -  http://s36.photobucket.com/user/creekcrawler/library/Blue%20Pike?sort=3&page=1

Pics-



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For you folks interested in the Ballville Dam issue, there will be a public meeting on Wednesday, February 19th, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Terra State Community College.  The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on the US Fish and Wildlife Service enviromental impact statement related to the project. 
More details in the article: http://www.thenews-messenger.com/article/20140127/NEWS01/301270028/City-reveals-Ballville-Dam-project-draft-statement
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Hi creekcrawler,

Thanks for posting.  There's a good article to go along with that video:  check it out here.

Obviously, it's not good news.  Unfortunately it's also not very surprising.  From a fisheries biologist standpoint, the possibility of fish tightly schooling to reduce the effects of voltage is fascinating. But I'd rather not learn that in the actual barrier with so much at stake. 

The article touches on this, but I think it's important to note that Asian carps haven't been found spawning close to the barrier.  25 miles downstream of the barrier is the closest they've found spawning adults.  That means it's unlikely that these schools of small fish are juvenile Asian carps. So this isn't "game over". 

Hopefully this will continue to make the rounds and kick some decision makers into gear. From my view it seems hydrologic separation of the two basins is gaining supporters. If it's going to happen, it needs to happen soon. 

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To answer a few questions I've received:

Yes, this conference is open to the public as well.  Topics are geared towards charter captains, but many would be of interest to private anglers as well.  Check out the press release.

Thanks. 

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Hello Captains,

I've recently been informed that many of you have not received your conference information in the mail.  These packets were mailed three weeks ago.  If you have not yet received it, please get in touch with me so I can make sure you get one. 

Please tell all the charter captains you know to contact me personally for the invitation. Thanks, and let me know if you have any questions. 

You can reach me at gabriel.78@osu.edu, or 419-898-3631. 


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Lake Erie Hot Topics / Re: Spawning Success
« Last post by Tory Gabriel, Ohio Sea Grant on 02/03/14, 08:10 »
I sure hope so Todd. 

It's definitely possible.  Even in years where we have poor "hatches", there are more than enough larval walleyes that actually hatch.  It's the survival afterward that has been the issue as of late.  The ice cover seems to have a positive effect on that survival for whatever reason, so it's great to see this winter. 

We have to remember though that the ice cover is only one variable.  Spring weather (storms, winds, current direction) will play a big role, and zooplankton availability will too. And those things are impossible to predict right now.  But it's nice to have this first variable on our side, and it is still possible we see another monster hatch.  We're certainly due!
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Lake Erie Hot Topics / Re: Spawning Success
« Last post by todd on 01/31/14, 08:08 »
There's some data that long, cold winters with lots of ice cover can be a factor in a good hatch the following spring, and we had none of that this past winter.  Folks were hopeful that the relatively calm spring would give them a boost, but apparently that wasn't enough to offset the many other variables that come in to play here. 

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It seems we have the most ice cover in many years so far so is it possible another 2003 or even early 80's type hatch is looming for this year?
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Certain writers: They sure know how to push the panic button when it comes to making a dollar. This article has said nothing more than we already know thru previous news releases, but has said it in a way that sounds like the sky is falling.

Hey Wakina,

My apologies that I'm responding three months after your post.  Maybe I just looked at it too cursosrily-ly (this certainly is not a word). Forgive me for being late, but I have to laugh at the photo in the article you attached.  We're concerned with Asian carp -- bigheads, silvers, blacks - and to some degree grass carp.  So what do they show us?  A mug shot of the common carp - Cyprinus carpio - which was stocked nationwide by the U.S. government back in the late 1870s.  And it's everywhere and at this point virtually regarded as "native." (Ouch).  Sometimes you feel like the media could try just a bit harder.

http://www.salon.com/2013/11/05/holy_carp_or_a_fishy_situation_in_the_great_lakes_partner/
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Thanks for the heads up creekcrawler! 

I'm guessing this is the one:  Netting a Threat to the Great Lakes

Ohio Sea Grant's own Dr. Chris Winslow was a guest on this particular show.   
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