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    Hey guys, I don't want this going into USA vs Can. Lets leave that to hockey!!! Roger
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    I nominate Tailout 😜
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    So I went to the NSSA dinner tonight, was a lot fun, food was great and I won a prize. I had a chance to read the literature they provided and there was a particular article that really popped out as what i think is backwards thinking in terms of conservation. They argue that the steelhead numbers are down in Black Bay and truthfully i have no clue what their stock is actually like. Regardless, steelhead are a pacific salmon that were introduced and would have never naturally made it here with out our help. They argue that predatory fish such as walleye, pike and small mouth bass (native to superior) have bounced back and are killing all the young fish and therefore not returning for multiple spawns. Their solution is to have the 26.5" limit applied to rainbow trout in all the tributaries (i dont know if they also wanted to include superior). Now, in my opinion, this is backwards. Why are an introduced species recieving a special condition? Rainbow trout are delicious, i do not catch them often but if i did your damn right im taking it home. Even a 14 incher. If our native fish are thriving, why would we want another ferocious predator competing with them? Im not saying change the current 1 fish limit or anything, but how often do you really catch a steelhead greater than 26.5? Probably not very often. At least i do not. Essentially they are lobbying for a catch and release rainbow fishery. So, apparently to keep an "elite" style of fishing alive, we will no longer be able to enjoy their tasty flesh. BUT BUT BUT! All this money the NSSA puts in to rehabilition benefits the native fish too! And dont get me wrong, thats awesome. They do a great job, im not here to "bash" these guys, but at the end of the day BUTs are only good for one thing... Pooping Why arent people as enthusiastic about native fish. Nuts to rainbows, what about sturgeon? What about the "collapse" of the walleye in Black Sturgeon (no comment). Why arent we focusing on our native specs! NSSA holds the biggest fundraiser in Thunder Bay for a fish that shouldnt be here. Again... I know it helps.. Blah blah... Thats not the point. Because lord knows Lake Superior is NO where near its original form. Smelt alone drastically changed the food chain forever. My issue is a size restriction. Anyways, this article really popped out at me. Maybe im wrong and eventually an eagle would have crapped an immaculately conceived population of fertalized rainbow eggs. With the coming steelhead season maybe we should instead get pumped about another fish. I for one am pumped about the common shiner for the month of april. Thoughts?
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    Look. I'm sorry for the things I have said here. Thank you to the member of this place for explaining some stuff to me. If fishing wasn't on this site it would be on Facebook and other places. It's just the way of the world now. I'm old school and some of the things I believe in are just not the way it is or is not the way it is now. So I would like to apologize to everyone here. It's me that has to adjust. Happy Easter.
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    Well let's move on then! Roger
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    I stumbled into Trevor at the airport Saturday morning. We chatted a bit and talked fishing. I asked him where he was going and he said he was going to run in the Boston Marathon. This event is huge. I wished him well in the race. Well, I just looked online at the results and his finish blew me away. Trevor ran against some of the best marathoners on the planet. Full fledged Olympians and professional runners. Trevor finished 122 place. I know at first glance that might seem odd that I'm blown away by this but this is how many people he ran against, 25,746!!!! Congrats Trevor!!!!!! Roger
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    Hey, just seen your post. I went in this morning. Whities were non existent where we fished but the herring were in there thick. Decent day except for having to pick up several tims cups and garbage off the ice that were left there by some pieces of sh#$.
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    Here is a picture of 59" of ice that was taken this weekend. With the low temps for day time highs and double digit negative temperatures for the next two weeks. It's safe to say we are on a hope and a prayer to be able to fish in our boats May long....
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    A little over 5 weeks to go and Shebandowan is in mid March conditions with no dramatic heat in the next 2weeks and overnight lows below freezing. Dosn't look promising.................................
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    These are the ice conditions on April 2. Feel free to add your own ice update pics.
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    Thanks all for the awesome year. have a great spring,summer and fall see you all next winter. still have minnows for sale. still lots of ice and no slush as of today Thanks from Hamilton Baits Crew
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    Roger you’re good to keep surplus lakers now
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    I am not loyal to any political party. I vote for who I think represents the best interests of my family, then myself. However, There is NOTHING the Liberal party represents that parallels my family's best interests. From the Liberals denying a bill to regulate gas prices, to their rejection of the bill for transparency on the spending of the MNRF account, to the reintroduction of a gun registry. Piss on the Liberal agenda and I will be first in line when the elections begin to vote them the hell out!
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    WTF!!!!! I thought zimmer's were afraid of ice!!!
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    Ha! Maybe I should make a wall of shame, too? Roger
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    My big fish from the Black Bay perch tourney.
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    We were around Whitefish. Same as you described. Plenty of ice, some snow, no slush. Sled ride was great with enough snow on the trial, and landed 9 Specks. Missed 5 others. Great day on the ice.
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    Hey thanks guys. It was a pretty "cool" experience (pun intended). Was actually in 29th at the half marathon check point according to the splits and was having a great race up until the16 mile point upon which I developed hypothermia and things went downhill fast after that. So of course I'm a bit disappointed in the result knowing I made some mistakes with clothing but, I'll be back next year and I can guarantee I'll improve on that performance. With the late ice out coming, I'll likely focus all my energies on running for a little longer into the summer and jump into the Grandma's Marathon June 16. It's a US Olympic Trials qualifier this year for them so competition should be awesome!
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    Ok thanks. That means I get one more trip out till August when the ice melts
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    I bought a few rapala delta line counter/downrigger rod combos at d&r last year for around 100 bucks, 9 ft long med/heavy, seem decent for the price
  24. 1 point
    Black Bay Ice conditions from 38,000'. I sure wish I was fishing rather that working!
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    Finally, access to a keyboard…. The NSSA has an annual project that collects data on steelhead populations in a number of Lake Superior’s waters, including Thunder Bay, Black Bay, and Nipigon Bay. These annual population estimates have been going on for a number of years and the trends in data can be analysed. The reports are available from their website and reviewing the numbers from Black Bay has shown a decease of nearly 85% of the population. There is a stream that feeds into Black Bay which is on private property which limits the amount of fish harvested by anglers to next to nothing and the population of that stream has dropped from an estimated 2000 fish a few years ago to around 300. There’s the 85% decrease. I fish a number of creeks that feed Black Bay and I, personally, have gone from providing the project with 50+ samples a year to nearly none. The fish just aren’t there anymore. It is true steelhead were introduced….over 150 years ago. In that time they have spread from the few streams they were originally planted in, to almost all tributaries and have become, not only naturalized, but (so I’ve been told by a retired MNR biologist) the population has become genetically unique and self-sustaining within each creek, river, or stream they inhabit. Not that long ago, commercial fishing in Black Bay was ended. The walleye, pike, bass, and perch have been increasing in number each year. There simply isn’t the room for all those predators in the same area. I’ve been enjoying the increase in perch there too. Don’t get me wrong about that (check the gallery). I like getting the wife and kids out there for perch fishing, but is it worth losing a naturalized self-sustaining unique fishery like these steelhead, for just another place to go for perch and walleye? I don’t fish the big lake often, and there are literally hundreds of other places I’d rather go to catch pike, perch, and walleye and would rather see Black Bay managed to support the unique fishery that is only available on our north shore. That’s just my opinion. The one over 26.5” has proven to be a terrific management tool. Look at how the McIntyre and Neebing came back from what they were. The total opposite of the trend in Black Bay. And I was one of the people that originally thought the size restriction was just an arbitrary number chosen to punish sport fishermen. But then I found out why that number was chosen and speaks to how often you catch a 26.5” fish. Once hatched, those fish spend anywhere from 1-3 years in the stream before heading back to Superior. Those same fish spend another 1-3 years in the lake before reaching maturity. This information is revealed in the samples the NSSA pays to have analyzed for this project and shows the life cycles of the young fish. So you will have some fish that are 5-6 years old before their first time spawning. To me, I think it’s a great way to manage the population by giving each fish in the population the opportunity to spawn at least once before being harvested. Now that 85% of the population has already been lost in Black Bay, I would think it’s a great conservation method to allow the few remaining fish some protection in order to have the opportunity to spawn at least once. The one over rule applied to the Neebing and McIntyre does not apply to Superior so if you are out trolling for lakers or salmon and hook into that 14’ rainbow, you are within your privilege to keep it. I might too. The restrictions currently apply only to those rivers, so I would lobby that only the tributaries in Black Bay be subject to those rules. If you hook a rainbow on the lake you should be able to keep it. Regardless of size. But that's just my opinion. Who knows if this regulation will ever com into effect. As far as I know, its just a suggestion to bring forward to afford a struggling population in decline a chance to survive. The NSSA mandate is for all cold water fisheries including salmon and brook trout. Brook trout already have an over 22" restriction and I have noticed a real decline in the number of Black Bay brook trout in the streams I fish. They’re gone too. The salmon numbers in the Wolf, for my observation, is the same. The numbers of these cold water fish have all declined. It would be logical to conclude the explosion of perch, and the increase in pike and walleye, are contributing to the decline of these other fish as well. Not enough room for all of them. Again, I would rather fish pike and walleye somewhere else and enjoy the opportunity to catch a chinook from the Wolf, or steelehead from Coldwater Creek, rather than just more perch in Black Bay. But, that’s just my opinion. Also, in my opinion, the NSSA dinner was a great event! I was there too. It was me and wifey’s first time at the dinner. I have heard that in a couple weeks the NOSA dinner event will be happening too, but after scoring a couple items in the silent auction and the draw for the Sage fly rod, I have enough new toys to keep me busy for a while. Congrats on your win.
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    2112, Please don't misunderstand me, I eat Steelhead to! In your post above, you wrote "What about the "collapse" of the walleye in Black Sturgeon (no comment). " MNRF employees have gotten into trouble voicing their position on this one and others in the past, hence the silence. The Black Bay walleye fishery has re-bounded incredibly over the last few years. The black bay walleye are colonizing new rivers in the Black Bay area where they haven't been seen in many many years. Ask the folks ice fishing for perch about the number of walleye encountered over the last few years and what the trend is - we are getting more and more all over the bay, in numbers and sizes we haven't seen before. These Black Bay fish are spreading out of Black Bay over into Thunder Bay and Nipigon Bay. They have been tracked from the lower basin of Black Bay into Thunder Bay - swimming the distance in one day. When angling for Bass in the lower basin it is not uncommon to hook up with walleyes where we never used to . Why - harvest restrictions! Harvest restrictions exist for walleye in the Black Bay Basin below Bent Island. Licensed anglers can't even fish for them in the Black Sturgeon River below the first dam. The number of walleyes is having an impact on a number of species in Black Bay, especially their prey species. Perch, and juvenile Steelhead being a couple of them. The concept of placing a minimum harvest size on Steelhead is based on a proven management model for Lake Superior where harvest of maiden spawners (1st timers) is reduced. These fish are the ones that are less than 27 inches. They are also the ones most likely caught by anglers. The idea of putting harvest restrictions on Black Bay tributaries is to try and let the reduced numbers of fish recover. Its worked on walleyes and should be supported for steelhead. Now I would also like to point out that there have been Steelhead in Lake Superior for over 100yrs. With an average age at maturity being 5 yrs, that's 20 generations.....They aren't exotic species anymore.....That would be like saying none of us are Canadians because our families have only been in this country for the last 200 yrs, roughly 8 generations. The management principle is simple, if you want to catch some fish - don't eat them all! Especially the last breeding pairs. With that said, I'm going to go put the vexilar on the charger for one more ice expedition and hopefully a fish fry on Monday! Tight lines! AB
  28. 1 point
    Wouldn’t it make more sense to close the streams when rainbow are spawning? Years ago the MNR proposed that. me—I’m a big believer in catch and keep
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    LMAO! I know the feeling. Many close but no true 30 inchers. True 10lbers are harder yet particularly when fishing non trophy walleye lakes.
  30. 1 point
    Headin out tomorrow morning, will update after!
  31. 1 point
    Ice guardians. Any hockey fans must watch it. Your welcome.
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    I agree, the river mouth changes every year, fished the derby for years and the mouth is never the same. Brad is great, he would sooner give you a little advise than end having to pull you off a sand bar or even worse the rock shore on ur right. Safe boating
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    April foooooooo.......nah
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    k here's my thoughts. my opinion was that we lose ice even at temps below 0 .. not saying I'm right just my basic scientific knowledge. try and follow my logic. Air above the ice is well below 0 . water below the ice slightly above 0 and warms to 4deg c as you near the bottom of a lake as water expands as it cools from 4 deg c to 0 water is a far better thermal conductor than air. if put a warm can of beer in a fridge and one in cold water. the water will cool your beverage faster. so the slightly warmer than 0c water under the ice has a much larger thermal mass then the cold air above. the whole lake underneath ice is above 0 always acting against the cold air above. so I always thought the thicker the ice gets , the colder the air above the ice has to be to create new ice or even maintain ice thickness. as the cold must penetrate further as the ice wont be uniform temp it would be warmer closer to water .4ft of ice I'd would assume even at minus 15 the large thermal mass of ice under the lake would soften that lower ice . you can make ice as minus 2 but for it to get thick it's needs to bee much colder as you have to cool the whole lake. ice grows from bottom . so i am just assuming the opposite is true for melting. so even though we won't ice out with temps below 0 we should still lose ice ?? water should erode the underside?? thoughts?
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    Wishful thinking doesn't melt ice 7 weeks till May long and the next 2 won't be loosing any ice if the forecast holds true. We will need a massive, lasting temperature rise in that last 5 weeks. just my opinion
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    59” and not through yet. Lol. Didnt know u went to nunavut this weekend ! Been fishing many of times recently , superior , inland etc. havent needed an extension yet. Burry the auger but no extension. 37” total length of mine. I think i will fish my lakes may long.
  38. 1 point
    was out for a ride this morning. Tons of ice. Bring an extension for auger. No slush but that may change over the next couple of warmer days.
  39. 1 point
    I nominate Lorne Allard .
  40. 1 point
    Congratulations well done Gord Ellis! not many that deserve it more than GE
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    From southern Ontario a hum DON'T let me catch you in my secret steelhead spot, DON'T let me catch you at my secret lake and DON'T let me catch you in may secret hunting spot. LOL just kidding , keep an eye on this site lots of chatter about what your after . welcome.
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    My buddy got some last year off center pin. Said it was deadly. Nice and solid roe. Didnt break with ease at all. He definitly reccomends. Me personally. I just went hog wild on trout beads .com this year. They are in at shoppers mail office now. Gotta go get em !! I usually keep one female to smoke and for eggs a year also. I know some people aint gonna like that. Lol. I call it “The End Of The Rainbow “ 🤣
  43. 1 point
    According to the ON Government, the 2018 Hunting Regulations Summary will be released in April. Daryl
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    Welcome to Thunder Bay, Best place to be if you enjoy the outdoors! You could look threw the forum here to get much of the info you seek, As for smelts they will be late this spring I bet and I hope so! I am always away at work during it!
  45. 1 point
    I know a place that sells beer on the way
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    Park at the train tracks, almost immediately after the first gentle turn you will come to a fork. Its the left trail and there is a sign that says "river". Also you will be able to tell that one road is ploughed and the one to the river is not. I went there pretty blind and found it no problem. Caught lots too
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    https://tiresize.com/gear-ratio-calculator/ My last truck had air bags with an on board compressor that could be used to adjust the airbags while driving, purchased it at SD truck springs. Another option is Timbren springs, which don't affect your ride quality when unloaded.
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    I've heard the Shell station in KB had a couple. Not sure if they have any left though.
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    When pulling a trailer, you may want to make sure of a couple things. Check the owners manual for your truck to see the max towing weight, and tongue weight. The towing capacity is greatly affected by axle ratio (and changing to larger tires really reduces your towing capacity because it makes your overall gearing equate to a lower gear ratio thus less pulling power). A common differential ratio is 3.55:1, but for pulling trailers, a 3.73:1 or a 4.11:1 are much better choices, and some trucks have a 3.43 or a 3.23 which gives you greater fuel mileage but end up with poor pulling capacity. When you are pulling a trailer, a rule of thumb is tongue weight is about 10% of total trailer weight. So if your trailer is 5000 lbs, you should have 500 lbs on the hitch. Make sure your truck can handle this. You can buy a 1/2 ton with towing capacity of 10,000 lbs and one that looks exactly the same that can only pull 5000 lbs. This is set by GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating). I have a 1/2 ton dodge with a 5.7 and a GVWR of 7700 lbs. My buddies looks exactly the same as mine, same tires, same engine, different trans. and his GVWR is only 6900 lbs. It is worth doing a little research into your truck (your dealer can help a lot if you are not sure) before you buy a trailer. Once you know your limits, you can comfortably buy a trailer that will not tax your truck. it would be a shame to get a nice trailer only to find that your truck will not safely pull it. Just because someone says they pull their 28 ft trailer with a 1/2 ton, that means nothing....what is the GVWR and what is the towing capacity. Also you may want to consider extra transmission cooling.