Just returned Sunday from our annual trip. Cold front hit tuesday night/wednesday morning, same time we were getting to the lake. TOUGH fishing till friday when the low pressure system broke a little bit and we hooked into three within an hour or so. 25 inch 22 inch and a 17 inch. Then the wind kicked up and the fish shut off again. 15 guys 5 boats and 13 walleye for the week. Only 2-3 throwbacks. Some bass and crappie caught also. Saw a shad or alewife about 10-11 inches, and they wonder where the fry walleye go when they stock them. If the weather holds there are some good fish there.
the walleye fry go into the alewifes bellies when they are stocked. still have not heard the pa fish commission admit that they were stocked or that they are the reason for the demise of the walleye population.
Something definitely happened in the past 6-10 yrs to either increase the level of fry predation or decrease the fry survival rates. I've never been too impressed with the PA fish commission when it comes to communicating with the public.
terry, the word is that the pa fish commission stocked these alewifes to increase the forage base. they in turn, feasted on yearly walleye fry stockings. this was posted in the pittsburgh post gazette a few years ago. do not know if the fish commission ever acknowledged it or made a comment on the problem. parallels the gary ault deer management program.....bigger deer, but much fewer......hence, a lot of unhappy fishermen and hunters.