Our Native Species Inc.
S.O.N.S. publish a monthly newsletter, ('The Bucket") that is mailed
to its members. It contains articles and information that is of interest
to our readers.
June 2018 Bucket
NO MEETINGS UNTIL SEPTEMBER. HAVE A FUN AND SAFE SUMMER!
FISHING REPORT: The season is warming up.
TELEMETRY PROJECT WALLEYE CAUGHT
DEP RESEARCHERS CAPTURED A MONSTER
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection scientists Nate Irwin, Kaitlin Knopsnider, and Jim Grazio caught a huge grass pike while electrofishing in Sara’s Cove at the Head of the Bay on May 30th. The fish was 51 inches long and weighed 69 pounds. Another Grass Carp was turned in at Poor Richards that was shot by a bow fisher. That fish was shot in Presque Isle Bay on May 26th and weighed 47 pounds. Both fish will be examined by the US Geological Service to determine if they are sterile (triploid) and attempt to determine their origin using otolith microchemistry.
Grass carp are a non-native species that are introduced into ponds to control vegetation but only by permit. The fish must be sterilized and not able to reproduce, however many people throw them into the Lake.
51 inch 69 pound grass carp DEP Photo
HOW MANY FISH CAN A CORMORANT EAT?
The cormorant population on Lake Erie Has grown in our area in over the last few years. As a duck hunter in the 60’s and 70’s I can never remember seeing the bird around at all. Now a population center of the bird has been established on the old Hammermill intake crib in the Lake and along the break walls at Lampe Marina wall. There are a couple of trees on the wall on which they roost. The trees are covered with their waste and the trees are dead. Take this and multiply this mess by thousands of times in the Western basin where there have been numerous articles written describing this devastation generated by them in the islands of Lake Erie. Other articles described the cormorants voracious appetite for fish. Below is a photo that has been circulating on Face Book. Its origin and authenticity has not been verified however from other sources that I have questioned these photos may be accurate. The photos depict the stomach contents of a cormorant that contain mostly perch. I wonder how many perch per day are being taken by the cormorants. The bird is a protected species and may not be hunted.
NEW EXHIBIT OPENS AT TREC
A new exhibit has opened at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center called- “Plastic Pollution Solution: One Small Change” - - It is free and open to the public daily from June 1 to October 31 10 am to 6 pm on the second floor of the TREC.
Plastic pollution in our waters has many bad effects on humans, wildlife and the environment. It illuminates this issue and its local implications. A free film sponsored by the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie “Plastic Ocean” will be shown on July 20 at 7 pm.
NORTHERN PIKE CAUGHT IN LAKE PLEASANT
Recently, David Nichols and Holly Sandberg were canoeing on Lake Pleasant when Mike caught and released this beautiful 39” northern pike on 8 pound test line . Holly and David just graduated from Seneca High School. zThe photo was submitted by EWPPA’s Executive Director, Brenda Sandberg, Holly’s mom.
PFBC SENIOR BIOLOGIST OFFERS PREDICTION
According to Chuck Murray, Senior Biologist of PFBC’s Lake Erie Unit who
spoke at our
2018 – lots of age-3 (56%) age-4 (16%) walleye. There will be a lot less throw backs of
under size fish. There are still walleye of the 2003 Year Class that will still provide trophy size fish
The Lake Erie East basin Walleye abundance is at record levels
Yellow Perch fishing should remain about the same in 2018, but will still remain below average.
There was average reproduction in 2016 and 2017. Age 2 and age-3 perch
will represent about
(Greater than10”), but there will still be lots of small perch.
Steelhead fishing has improved steadily over the last 5 years
Brown Trout fishing should improve with added yearlings by PFBC
Lake Trout continue to provide a unique experience for trophy fish
Forage fish like emerald shiners and rainbow smelt populations are down but they are cyclical and usually rebound.
Ray Yurcak (L), Buddy Yurcak(M) (Ray’s son) whose birthdays
are on the same day shared a birthday cake with SONS Treasurer Terry
Pfeffer (R) at our May meeting. See picture below taken by Chuck Miller.
The cake was inscribed Happy Birthday Ray, Buddy and Terry.
WEATHER BUOYS DEPLOYED-OPERATING-IN NEED OF FUNDS
In May of 2014 the Regional Science Consortium received grants to purchase, deploy and operate a weather buoy on Lake Erie. Funding for the buoy came from a grant from the Great Lakes Observing Systems (GLOS) for the Weather, Water, & Wave Buoy System. The buoy collects the following data:
Weather - Air Temperature, Wind Speed, Max. Wind Speed, Relative Humidity, Barometric Pressure, Daily Rain, Rain Duration, Rain Intensity, and Solar Radiation
Water - Water Temperature, Specific Conductivity, pH, Turbidity, and Dissolved Oxygen
Wave - Wave Height, Wave Period, and Wave Direction
It also has a video camera.
Another buoy has been deployed off of Walnut Creek with the same features however the camera is out of service and needs to be replaced.
If you want to know Lake conditions before you go out on your boat, you can view data from the buoy at:
Observing System (http://glos.us/data-access/boaters-forecast)
National Buoy Data Center (http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/)
It’s a great system and a great asset for the boater and fisherman but the program is in jeopardy. The costs for maintaining and deploying the buoys are between $12,000 and $15,000 per year. The program has been financed by sponsorships and initial grants. The grants have run out and some of the sponsors have been the SONS of Lake Erie, Erie Pennsylvania Sport Fishing Association, Erie Yacht Club, Pete Alex, Gannon University, Fish USA, Erie Pennsylvania Charter Boat Association, Erie Community Foundation, Lake Shore Towing, Pittsburgh Down Riggers and others.
Deployment was late this year in order to make needed repairs and battery replacements using up the last of the funds. If you would like to help out to ensure buoy deployment next year, you can do so by going to the web page at: http://www.regsciconsort.com/research/current-projects/nearshore-buoy-system/ and clicking on “Donate” or mail your contribution to RSC,
301 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA 16505-2042
ACCESS BY SMART PHONE
Above is a copy of a card with the QR code (A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) code is a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone. It can be used to directly access the data from the weather buoy which is located off of Presque Isle state Park in Lake Erie and the other off Walnut Creek. By scanning the array of squares with a smart phone you can access the buoy.
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