Do you guys have a paypal account or something were we could send a donation? I wouldn't go to the banquet but would for sure kick in a donation that might help improve the fishery.
always the the first Wednesday in April. Tickets are available at Chances approximately one month prior. We can seat a little over 200 and have been selling out the past few years. This is run like many other banquets. Three or four gun boards, silent auction, live auction as well as special events and walk around guns. I will try and post something when we start selling tickets. We can always use donations to be used in the auctions to raise funds.
Snorkel, we have been stocking them between the dams. We are just starting to split the release above the Waterford dam. We raise funds for supporting this through a banquet held the first Wednesday in April at the Cotton Exchange. Fun time at the event. Normally many guns awarded. Glad to hear that some have survived the draw down.
Our club based out of Rochester, Pishtaka Wildlife Society, released 725 extended growth walleyes in the river by Rochester last week. I believe this was our 17th year of doing this. We have also started to release fish above the Waterford dam and this year we matched our stocking with 725 fish in the Tichigan water shed. Hope they all grow up and everyone gets to enjoy catching a few.
Absolutely correct Snorkel. Many parts of the waterway were 1 foot deep during some very cold periods. The ice was solid from one side of the river to the other, and the fish had nowhere to go. The fish kill was substantial.
Fishing this stretch of River for 18 years, I've learned that the fishing substantially declines in the years following a drawdown.
Also, I believe that fish go over the dam from time to time even during normal water levels. In my mind, that is why the fishing consistently improves each and every year post drawdown, as little by little, fish go over the Tichigan Dam to repopulate the Rochester Impoundment.
At any rate, now the near annual drawdowns are over, this area will continue to improve.
I couldn't find the link so I asked a buddy today.
Here is the link for historical water levels in the Fox River Rochester Impoundment.
Also, I've attached a screen shot of water levels from last October until present. Notice how low it was last year? That was due to the drawdown.
They filled it back up in March of this year.
I did notice it was a lot lower when I was there a couple of weeks ago.
I bet a lot did go over the dam, but during those nasty winters we had in 2013/2014 that must have caused a lot of issues as well. I hope we don't have a "Polar Vortex" winter anytime soon.
Yes, I put my Yak in at the Rochester Case Eagle launch and paddle the two miles up to waterford and then back great workout :-)