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: The GL Steelhead Fishery - Hows it doing?


WayneV
10-13-2005, 08:10 AM
Hello

I'm just gettin gback into fishing the Great Lakes for Steelhead (and salmon if no steelhead are around) after a good ten years away from it.

So how is the GL Steelead fishery doing? I must say after a few weeks of fishing around Southern Ontario, Credit, Grand, Saugeen there are not many Steelhead being caught - but that is this year and its been a long hot spring, summer and fall - possibly an odd ball year - or slow getting started because of temps.

So how has the Great Lakes Steelhead fishery been in the last few years or so - are run counts up? or down? or what?

Are things sustaining, looking up, looking bad?

Charlie
10-13-2005, 03:35 PM
WayneV,

The great lakes steelhead fisheries are alive and well. This years runs seem to be coming in late. That may be the reason you are not seeing a large amount of fish yet. Like you said, could be because of the weather.

Steelhead runs also seem to run in cycles in the great lakes, we will have a few good years followed by a few bad years followed by a few good years and so on and so on. This may also be the reason you are not seeing a great deal of them. The cycles are very hard to predict. Hopefully they are just late.

Good fishing,

Charlie.

PEte A
10-13-2005, 04:19 PM
[QUOTE=WayneV]Hello
Southern Ontario, Credit, Grand, Saugeen there are not many Steelhead being caught - QUOTE]

The larger Lake Huron and Georgian bay tribs have already recieved large numbers of fish, most about 10 days ago. Those fish are now long gone, spread out through the mid to upper reaches.

Certainly one thing you may notice is that there are lower numbers of fish in some of the Lake Ontario rivers than when you fished a while back. Numbers during the late 80's through the mid-nineties were Very high likely due in part to a founding effect (non-native introduction and a population spike) and some stocking. Now that steelhead populations are for the most part self-sustaining they have had a chance to naturally limit themselves and reach more reasonable population sizes. However, creel surverys suggest VERY high exploitation which are more than likely having a huge effect on numbers.

PEte

PS. Just wait for individuals of the 2004 yearclass to more into the fishery ;)

WayneV
10-13-2005, 05:13 PM
PS. Just wait for individuals of the 2004 yearclass to more into the fishery

What do you mean PeteA? Please explain

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PEte A
10-17-2005, 09:07 AM
PS. Just wait for individuals of the 2004 yearclass to more into the fishery

What do you mean PeteA? Please explain

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Wayne,
Woops that should have said "move" instead of "more"

Low summer temperatures and consistantly good water flows generally produce bumper crop year classes in the Great Lakes region (in areas with natural reproduction). Last summer couldn't have been much better is both departments, so I'm hoping for the best in years to come!
PEte