June 2, 2014
OSWEGO, NY - A preliminary report published recently by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation indicates the fishing on Lake Ontario has improvedsteadily over the past decade, and this summer promises to see more of the same.
Titled "New York's 2013 Lake Ontario Fisheries Program Highlights" (www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27068.html), the paper gathers fisheries data from DEC sources, combines it with information gleaned from the US Geological Survey, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and other academic partners, and compilesa glowing report on the state of the tiniest Great Lake's fishery.
The section most relevant, especially to anglers planning fishing trips this summer, is the Sportsfishery Assessments starting on page 3. Drawn from the 2013 Open Lake Fishing Boat Survey conducted between April 15 and September 30, 2013, the highlights of its findings include:
More of the Same
Scott Prindle, Senior Fisheries Biologist with NYSDEC's Region 7, says, "This year's fishing should be every bit as good as 2013's. Salmon and trout may be smaller because last winter's severity had a negative impact on alewife populations, but overall, salmonid numbers are higher."
"Even with slightly smaller fish, Lake Ontario still offers the largest salmonids in the Great Lakes," adds Prindle.
Lake Ontario's Incredible Productivity
NYSDEC deserves a lot of the credit for launching the tiniest Great Lake's fishery to world-class statusand keeping it there. Its hatcheries greatly augment the lake's natural reproduction. In addition, the agency's zealous cormorant management program and its never ending battle against lamprey eels are bearing fruit, increasing long term survival rates of all the lake's sports fish,free of the terrible scars that marred large numbers of trophies in the recent past.
Still, not all of Lake Ontario offers consistent, diverse, year-round populations of freshwater's most popular fish. For that, you have to go to where the food and waters flow. And the best spot on the eastern half of the lake is the territorial waters of Oswego County.
Home to theworld-famous Salmon (massive quantities of monster trout, salmon and smallmouth bass) and Oswego Rivers (trout, salmon, walleyes, black bass, catfish, carp, sheepshead and panfish), and watered by more skinny creeks than you can shake a long rod at on a good day, Oswego County claims the most productive corner of the lake. Add spectacular sunsets and scenic waterfront to the picture and you come upwith the stuff dreams are made of.
So gather the family and come up to Oswego County's magical stretch of New York's north shore. You'll make memories you'll be talking about for years.
For fishing charters and conditions, special events, and visitor information, call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386) or go to visitoswegocounty.com
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