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  2. Chautauqua Lake Truths & Other Misconceptions The problem with politicians is they take credit for things they did not do and avoid accountability for the messes they make, and Chautauqua County is no exception. Some local officials and “paid experts” proclaim success, but the real truth is that Chautauqua Lake has had three consecutive years of out-of-control herbicide impact which destroyed aquatic weeds far beyond DEC permitted targets. With these “unintended consequences” growing exponentially each year our world class fishery is seriously jeopardized. Mid-May 2019 herbicide applications in the South Basin were the earliest in memory and irresponsibly exposed thousands of spawning and young-of-year game and forage fish to associated toxic shock, with widespread destruction of both native and non-native weeds serving as critical game fish habitat. Nothing was left behind in these large offshore lake regions except barren lake bottom or grass. With the end of summer 2019 already here, “unintended consequences” are a serious lake management failure where, once again, no one is held accountable or even accepts responsibility. How long can our lake tolerate these mistakes? The Chautauqua Fishing Alliance (CFA) Sonar & GPS research surveys estimate that because of wind drift alone, 2,100 acres of offshore aquatic vegetation in the South Basin was unselectively destroyed this year — more than five times the 388 near-shore acres actually targeted under NYSDEC permits issued. According to Racine-Johnson Associates, a lake consulting group from Cornell that has been working on our lake for a number of years, confining the unintended impact of liquid herbicides on a big, windy lake the size of either Chautauqua Lake basin is nearly an impossible task, which explains why many large lakes use only granular forms of herbicide (which are less susceptible to wind) in limited targets and all “navigation channels” are cut only with harvesters to insure no wind drift or other “unintended consequence”. CFA’s national fishery research network in nine northern states reveals that most top fisheries balance harvesting with herbicide use in three very specific ways: All “Navigation Channels” are cut with mechanical harvesters to insure confinement to well defined permit specifications. Only Granular herbicides are used to minimize the negative impact of wind drift and its “unintended consequences”. Liquids are rarely used on big, windy lakes. Early Season weed control is always managed by harvesting, with mid-to-late June herbicide applications following only after prime fish spawning and key post-spawn periods have passed — especially so at top fisheries. We wonder how long it will take Local Municipalities and our Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance officials to learn these three critically important conservation lessons by prohibiting funding of liquid herbicides or other untimely operations that do not insure the sensible conservation of submerged deep water habitat? Isn’t it time we start being guided by lake management science from folks who actually understand the unique and delicate underwater nature of our own living lake? J. Regis Thompson, Executive Director, Chautauqua Fishing Alliance Sent from my SM-G960U using Lake Erie United Mobile App
  3. Barely marked anything. From 60 to 80. Guys at the dock said 85 was good. Sent from my LM-X210CM using Lake Erie United Mobile App
  4. 1998 Bayliner trophy 2002 with 1999 trailer On Ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/1998-Bayliner-trophy-2002-with-1999-trailer/123907620058?
  5. Did some fun fishing today before pulling the boat. Had to peel them off the bottom- riggers at 67 over 70, ten colors, 250 copper and divers at 180. Fish came in bunches- ended up with 16 on Bombers, Bandits, and R&R spoons.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Slow pick off Dunkirk today. Ended up with 5 walleyes to 5# and one laker in about three hours in the AM. Dreamweaver WD firetiger 75-100fow. Some eyes down 88 over 100. Some on 5 color leadcore watermelon bomber.. Nothing on divers.
  8. Awesome!!! Sent from my iPad using Lake Erie United Mobile App
  9. Was a great day. His side of the boat won 6-4 lol Sent from my iPhone using Lake Erie United Mobile App
  10. That's a great picture. Nothing better than fishing with your children and catching a nice one to make lasting memories. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G870A using Lake Erie United Mobile App
  11. What did your screen look like?
  12. Had a great day on the lake with my boy. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Erie United Mobile App
  13. Last week
  14. I've ran mine on the rigger, diver and leadcore. I've gotten the best videos off the leadcore. Sent from my LM-G710VM using Lake Erie United Mobile App
  15. Out of the Catt- 4 to 5 foot waves 2 eyes, 65 fow. Sent from my LM-X210CM using Lake Erie United Mobile App
  16. Just cleaning out old stuff and thought someone would be interested in these. Selling altogether. $50 cash. Twinsburg, Ohio. Two different views in pics. All reels in good shape and work. I'm an open face spinner guy. These were my uncles from way back.
  17. there was a emerald shiner shortage long before the latest walleye explosion some years we had a good run some year not so good, I lived by the rive and grow up on the upper river , back as far as the early 60 and on it was a year to year thing. Now with that being said, I agree that the large numbers of walleye and the refugees that take dozens and dozens of 5 gallon buckets filled to the top with no water every day in the spring are hurting the shiner population. the DEC was doing a study on why the population drops, they where looking into the water flow current speed and temp, pollution plus other thing like disease but I haven't seen any reports out. I remember in the 70's when small tanker trucks would pull to the foot of Sheridan and fill the tanks up to sell other places some out of state and that would happen almost every day in the spring. there is more to it than just what we see its not just the walleye population. more funding and more studies are needed good luck with that.
  18. Walleyes are fine but a lot of us prefer yellow perch . Sent from my iPhone using Lake Erie United Mobile App
  19. 1996 well craft v21 with full roller trailer On Ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/1996-well-craft-v21-with-full-roller-trailer/333329821031?
  20. Boat is immaculate inside and out. Floor was completely replaced in the last 3 years with fiberglass over marine plywood. Carpet and floor are perfect. Outside was professionally repainted and sealed. Boat does not leak one drop. 4 cylinder 2.5L motor starts and runs perfectly and sips gas. Runs 35 MPH with full tank of gas and 3 people. Has custom aluminum hard top that is rock solid. My sons dive off of it and wife sunbathes up there. Heavy duty 8 rod rocket launcher mounted to top and rod holders on the ceiling. Also a tubing/skiing hook on the hard top (sons like the high hook for trick skiing). Cushions and cabin are in good shape. New tackle holders made with starboard installed this summer. Lowrance HDS 5 with Lake insight. Will even leave my Erie walleye and Cayuga trout hotspots on it. Cobra waterproof marine radio. CD/radio. New bilge pump. Comes with 2 manual Cannon adjustable boom UNI-troll down riggers with risers and swivel bases. Wired for electric riggers with breaker. 3 recessed rod holders and 2 Scotty rod holders. Trailer is in good shape with good tires and new spare. Boat pulls easily with my 1500. Can include 2 older cannon electrics with 5' booms for $250 extra. Has adjustable kicker motor mount. Can include a 2 stroke Johnson 9.9 (always starts with 2 pulls and purrs all day) with ez steer type system for $400 extra. All pictures are from the last 2 months. Boat handled anything that Erie, Ontario and Cayuga threw at us. This has been a great boat but got 2 footitis and am going bigger. $5,000 57o-49o-6129
  21. Garrymny if you are having difficulty tripping your slide diver to check lines your front arm is set too tight (this adjustment is same procedure as a LJ dipsey). It has been my experience with all brands of divers that adjustments are required- if you expect to take them out of the package and have them work, one is usually disappointed. I don’t find that slide divers need much adjustment once you get them right. I watch my slide mono for wear and change that once I see any or if it starts to curl at rod tip when deploying. As far as using a SD light bite with fixed leader attached to rear trigger, it will work like that. But why would you give up the ability to run a longer leader or vary leader length for different lures? You have the light bite trigger so you don’t drag small fish but give up the signature feature of the slide diver.
  22. i've been using the lite bite for a few yrs now and they are everything there supposed to be. but I use them like a dipsy. I tie my leader to a o-ring then put on a bead and lace it through the back going through the lite bite arm.
  23. I am using a lite bite diver now but I'm not using the slide function. I just connect my line to the front attach point. Then my leader is connected to the rear arm as usual. One complaint I have with the diver is that it cannot be tripped by jerking the rod. This makes bringing it in to check lines or change lures a very difficult task. Sent from my moto z3 using Lake Erie United Mobile App
  24. looking for a JBL rem45 marine radio reciever
  25. I thought the 45# 300 Copper got down to 80 feet? Sent from my moto z3 using Lake Erie United Mobile App
  26. I have an HDS 7 gen 3. Everything works fine now but I thought if I see a cheap fish finder unit for sale I might get it for back up. Just to control the autopilot. My next FF will not be Lowrance since there is no repair. But I love this autopilot and want to be sure I can control it. Sent from my moto z3 using Lake Erie United Mobile App
  27. I have noticed that there's not as many emeralds the last few years. not as many in the river in the spring for dipping. I agree that the way that the walleye population has exploded may have an effect on the baitfish. The NYSDEC Lake Erie Annual report from 2017 shows low numbers for emerald shiners since 2014. 2017 Lake Erie Annual Report: March 2018 (PDF, 5.1 MB) But on the brighter side, I'll take 40 million walleye any day. As long as they keep the windmills & asian carp out of the lake, we should have great fishing for years.
  28. The Slide Diver Light Bite when properly setup and adjusted pretty much eliminates dragging small fish and false releases. There are adjustment screws on both the rear release arm and the front tow arm- the rear release should be set fairly loose with the front a bit tight yet releasing when rear release drops. As far as deploying the slide leader there is a learning curve. I find using heavier mono like 30 to 40lb test makes deployment and slide leader life longer. Typically I use and deploy a 45 foot leader for the slide. I add a 30 to 36 fluoro leader to the lure on the swivel for the slide leader. For storage the leader goes on a leader spool. The slide diver stays on the rod and I just swing the slide leader around the bottom of the reel attaching the snap swivel to first rod guide. Slide diver stores in this position. To me the advantages of the slide diver especially the light bite out weigh the learning curve of using it. I used dipsey divers for twenty plus years but feel light bite double trigger and the ability to vary lead length make the slide diver more versatile. PS I get no deal when I buy Slide divers.
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