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  1. Best to you & your son, Tim. January & Feb are decent months, too, to go in the Lower. Wx is more stable & it won't be crowded. Those are a couple of my favorite months to go when I fish there (with a charter, of course)!
  2. Try Cap't Ryan Shea of Brookdog Fishing (https://www.brookdogfishing.com/) or Cap't Matt Yablonsky of Wet Net Charters (https://www.getthenetwet.com/). Both are out almost ever day during those months & it's time on the water that will put you on fish. I've used both & both are top-notch
  3. My son & his friend took my jon boat (on a utility trailer & small outboard) there last summer, parked the trailer & hand carried the jon to the River. No problems at all
  4. Mostly Muskies: Larry...in what building is the Lackawanna meeting that you mentioned? That's the first I heard about it & am interested in it. Regardless of where a launch is built, for the miles of Lake Erie shoreline we have it's pathetic that there isn't more access. A launch or improvement project at Hamburg is out because that property is owned by the Locksley Park Homeowners Assoc & leased to the Town for $1/yr with the stipulation that it only be used by Hamburg residents. If grant money is used, it has to become open to the public, which will violate the lease agreement. I like your idea of the Union Ship Canal; protected from waves, wouldn't sand up, deep water, out of the SBH traffic pattern and probably the lowest cost of all the alternatives
  5. Here's what I learned from a charter who gave a seminar. The goby has the fused pelvic fin so it can hide & stick itself upside down in case a predator is in the area. This captain mentioned that if he's catching gobies, he picks up & moves because that means there are no predators in the area. If he's not catching gobies then the 'eyes are around & he'll stay fishing. When I've been off the windmills this year & catching 'eyes, I catch very few gobies
  6. BTW, when the 'eyes are captured to be tagged, their size, weight, age, location, etc are located. The data on their migration is stored in the receivers anchored to the bottom of the lake. Around October they start downloading the data & all that data is sent to GLATOS, where it is sorted & sent. A receiver that was anchored to the bottom could have the data from sturgeon, lakers, muskies, etc. GLATOS will send that data to each organization that has tagged fish. Conversely, US Fish & Wildlife have receivers anchored outside Bflo Harbor & that data could contain walleye data from fish tagged in Cleveland. USFWS will send their downloaded data to GLATOS & GLATOS will send it to whoever it belongs to. It takes a while for GLATOS to send the data out because they have to wait for everyone else to send their data so they can sort it all out. I hope I didn't make it more confusing than it needs to be
  7. The DEC & about 40 different other agencies have implanted transmitters inside walleye, sturgeon, lakers and a bunch of other fish to study their migration patterns. It's part of the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS). Receivers are anchored all over the lake, the Detroit River, St Clair and other places. The DEC Dunkirk station at Pt Gratiot runs the telemetry project in this area. I understand a walleye that was tagged in Western Lake Erie has parked itself outside Bflo Harbor. With the study, they can track the migration from Western Lake Erie to the Barcelona/Dunkirk area & pretty much anywhere else. The transmitters & receivers of all the fish run on the same frequency so 'eyes that have been tagged in Cleveland can even be tracked by receivers used in the sturgeon study that are anchored outside Bflo. The walleye that have been implanted have a spaghetti tag on their outside. DO NOT put the fish in the freezer. Return the transmitter to the Dunkirk office & you get a $100 reward. The other fish (like sturgeon) are NOT tagged on the outside & you won't know if they have a transmitter. You would let a fish like that go. Besides being illegal to keep, there is no reward. Here is the website for GLATOS if you wanted to see what else is going on. http://glatos.glos.us/
  8. Went out yesterday (Fri) from the Catt. headed NNW to 70' - 75', trolled north toward a pack of about 40-50 boats. Not that many trailers at the Catt so figured boats came from Sturgeon. Some boats had 5 or 6, others boxed out at 12. We got 10, Colors talked about were green, red/black, orange/black. Some boats with planer boards, others with riggers & Dipsey's. It was a mixed bag but it seemed everyone had some. Took a drive to Sturgeon today. Cold NNW wind (hate that), chop in the water, chill in the air, 6 trailers in the lot. Tomorrow's wind is supposed to be ENE <10. Hope the last time out for you is a good one.
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