DEC proposes to increase the limit for walleye in Lake Oneida – Oneida Dispatch

Walleye limit in Oneida Lake could increase

DEC recently released a regulatory proposal to increase the daily possession of walleye on Lake Oneida from three per day to five per day.

The population is at an all time high of 1.2 million adult fish and the lower limit of the traps is no longer necessary to protect the population. Cornell University and DEC believe that a moderate reduction in the walleye population is desirable to protect the perch population, as well as walleye.

The past two decades have seen a moderate population of 300,000 to 500,000 walleye, but record year-classes in six of the past ten years have led to record numbers of fish. While this is great news for the fishery, there can be too much of the right stuff. The burgeoning population could easily have a negative impact on yellow perch, one of walleye’s favorite prey. And if the number of walleye continues to increase, they could literally “eat each other out of the house and in the house”, causing their numbers to drop.

Researchers at Cornell University at Shackleton Point believe that a moderate reduction in walleye numbers is desirable. DEC Fisheries staff agree and believe that a moderate increase in the harvest will stabilize the number.

To inform fishermen of the situation and obtain their approval, a simple survey was designed and administered. Over 2,200 surveys have been completed and the majority (two-thirds) supported increasing the daily trap limit to five fish. The DEC also invites fishermen to comment until October 17. You can send your comments by e-mail to [email protected] with the subject line “Oneida Lake Walleye Regulations”.

High water causes problems

The last weeks of summer were characterized by regular and sometimes heavy rains. Fortunately, we did not have the devastating flash floods that occurred in the southern areas, but there was destructive flooding in parts of the southern layer caused by heavy rains. Localized flooding destroyed roads and caused severe property damage.

The same type of heavy and persistent rain caused extensive damage in the Adirondacks, washing away bridges and eroding trails. In many cases, walkways are washed away, leaving trails impassable. You have to be extra careful when crossing high and fast waterways due to the recent precipitation. The water that rushes down these streams is fast and strong and the bedding is very uncertain on the steep and rocky mountain sides.

In some cases the access roads, especially in the high peaks, are impassable due to erosion or damaged bridges. Check the DEC website for backcountry conditions for the latest lists of warnings or closures before setting out on a specific trip and possibly choosing an alternative.

Closer to home, the water level of Lake Oneida was very high despite the opening of the Caughdenoy Dam. Oneida Lake Association president John Harmon noted last weekend in a bulletin that with the significant increase in water in recent days, many docks were underwater and people were removing their boats, etc. He suggested that people follow the water levels on the Canal Corporation website. (www.canals) for current water levels, weather updates, lock closures and more.

You can also call 315-423-2094 for a record of water levels, the risk of floating debris, and more.

No matter where you are sailing, remember that waves can cause significant damage to properties along the shore, boats or docks. Observe the “No wake – 500 feet” rule and be slow along the shore. Also be on the lookout for floating debris and limbs that can pose a danger to boaters.

Reminder – Supervised hunting for young people and women offered

As discussed in last week’s column, Athletes and ECOs in Oneida and Madison Counties are once again providing an opportunity for youth ages 12 and up and women to learn and experience a supervised goose hunt. This year, the hunt will take place on the weekend of September 18 and 19 with a safety and education day on September 11.

Young people between 12 and 15 years old must have a small game license and a HIP number.

Youth 16 and over and women must have the above and a federal waterfowl stamp. Places are limited for this popular event, so anyone interested should register as soon as possible.

You can visit the website or contact the following people for forms or questions: Scott Faulkner – [email protected], or 315 225-0192. Steven Lakeman – [email protected], or 315-734-0648. Ricardo Grisolini – [email protected], or 607-316-2574

Destroy the exterior

The past two years have seen a sharp increase in the number of people using the outdoors in New York State. In a way, this is a good thing; it means more and more people are going out and hiking, fishing, boating, boating, hunting or finding ways to enjoy whatever New York State has to. to offer. But the bad news is that trash, trash, abuse, vandalism and crime are growing disproportionately. As that old Pogo cartoon from the 1970s puts it bluntly – “We have met the enemy and this is us. “

Let’s be honest, these have always been a problem, but the scale and magnitude of these problems are unprecedented in recent years. In fact, it seemed that in recent years things were improving and a new ethic was evolving. But the past two years have seen an increase in these problems that cannot be explained by numbers alone.

As more people wanted to come out after the COVID lockdown and restrictions of the previous months, the problems increased at a rate few had anticipated.

Yes, it is true that more people going outside would increase the likelihood and amount of overuse, abuse and waste etc. In many cases, we realize that people using the trails, campsites, launch sites, etc. outdoor sports and do not have “outdoor ethics”. But you have to believe that they can read the signs, have common sense, or have a sense of right and wrong.

Many people think this has a lot to do with anti-social attitudes common or present in today’s society. There is an abundance of selfishness, wickedness, indifference, and similar attitudes in society today. Look at the attitudes exhibited by many people over the past two years. the problems posed by the COVID pandemic. The same mistaken, mistaken, and self-centered beliefs about masks, vaccinations, etc. permeate all of society.

If someone has the anarchist idea that “his freedom” allows him to infect others with a deadly disease, why would he care to obey the rules or laws about leaving garbage, trampling on people? endangered plants on the high peaks, to park in prohibited areas, etc. .? If someone doesn’t care about others, can we expect them to care about public places, nature, the environment, or the experience of others?

Crime has increased disproportionately. To be realistic, there has always been a problem, but the amount and scale has increased dramatically. Some people believe that the examples of our leaders or others in high places, and the acceptance of such behavior by many people, has infected our society. If it’s OK for them and people don’t care, then it must be every man for himself? Vandalism, blatant disregard of parking or camping rules in certain areas – particularly the high peaks of the Adirondacks, the deliberate dumping of serious waste that resulted in the closure of public beaches on Grand Lac Sacandaga, the joint theft of kayaks in vehicles parked at launch sites, major violations of fish and game laws, hunting accidents and of course mountains of trash or vandalism in public access areas such as trails hiking or boats
launch sites have reached new heights.

Certainly not everyone adopts such deviant behavior. Mentioning this to people reading this column is like preaching to a choir. Maybe the majority of offenders are good people who will come with education and more law enforcement. At the very least, we can set a good example, take the time to politely explain the reasoning for appropriate behavior, and support the need for application to the groups to which we belong. Remember the words of Mohandas Gandhi: “It is better to walk alone than to follow the crowd in the wrong direction. “

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