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12-06-2016, 08:06 AM #1
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This is a new report from Tufts Lab and very interesting...
My question / thought...is it really that bad if fish caught on Lake Ontario and released in the Bay, stay?
As far as I know, they're not invasive, depleting the populations from Lake O nor causing viruses / contamination.
Personally, I have terrible luck catching small mouth on Quinte.
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12-06-2016, 09:44 AM #2
It as an interesting study. This one is very revealing in that fish are not returning to the lake. This can have an adverse effect on populations over a longer period, particularly around spawning time. There are already areas of the lake the have been decimated by the earlier open by tournament anglers and recreational anglers keeping limits of large spawning fish. We all know what a disaster the shoot out series cause running fish up the St. Lawrence 70 miles. Huge mortality. If there was only one tournament open to the lake and 400 or 500 fish were brought back it wouldn't be a big deal. But years of taking fish from long distances and transplanting them will eventually cause an imbalance in the bay itself. It could harm other fish communities such as walleye. Thousands of smallmouth could take its toll on young of year walleye.After 250 days a year on the water and ice I still feel I need more Time on the Water
12-06-2016, 02:37 PM #3
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I considered these issues and have seen the demise of schools; Nut and Grape Island area is one.
Interestingly and not trying to dispute the findings at all but I caught a 21 - 22" smallie (6lbs+ or -) close to Amherstview this summer (Aug 13), had tag 3693 / 3694 and reported on the site.
The details listed show it was also caught;
Jul 26, 2013 during the Canadian Open (Kingston) so thinking Lake O but either way, released in Kingston.
Aug. 2, 2014 on Quinte.
It would be cool if we could get the tag specific #'s attached to the fish we've caught and been tagged during our tournaments to see what's happening. That 6 + we caught during the 1000 Islands Open in Kingston but was released way up the River so curious if they stay there too and could be food based staying or something like that.
I realize those tagging are already rushed so more than likely not doable...
Again, not disputing the findings but look forward to seeing more reports.
12-07-2016, 06:42 AM #4
There has been some reports of tagged fish caught in the lake and released in the river. At least one I know by Bob Izumi was caught again in the same place the next year. It seems to look like as long as the system to return is not too complex they will return to where they came from. On Lake Simcoe, fish that were caught in the Simcoe Open and released in Orillia in Couchiching found there way back. Many tags and re-caps in that study. But the Bay of Quinte is a long way from the lake and requires a lot of navigation.After 250 days a year on the water and ice I still feel I need more Time on the Water