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DEC Egg Take A Success

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As we barrel towards the walleye opener we are starting to see some signs of life on the lake with several boats spotted over the weekend.

DEC completes egg take at Hatchery

Bill Evans, manager of the Oneida Fish Cultural Station in Constantia announced that the netting of fish, stripping, and fertilization of eggs was completed Wednesday.  DEC crews had set out nets on March 29.  Eggs were taken from 5,190 female walleyes, and the hatchery’s quota of 270 million eggs was reached.  Those eggs will eventually produce walleye that will be stocked in Oneida Lake and many other waters across the state.  The nets always trap a wide variety of fish and this year yielded one 13-inch landlocked salmon.  The total number of fish netted was about 12,000.

OLA annual meeting

The Oneida Lake Association will hold its “75+1” annual meeting at 7 pm on Wednesday, April 28.  This year’s meeting will be virtual using Zoom and YouTube.  Things kicked off at 7 pm, with the annual business meeting followed by speakers with a question and answer session after each presentation.  Speakers include Bill Evans with an Oneida Fish Cultural Station update; Dr. Randy Jackson with the Cornell University fisheries report; Capt. Jim Boyland with a law enforcement report; Jim Farquhar of the Department of Environmental Conservation on the status of cormorant control; Steve Hurst of the DEC on proposed fishing regulation changes on the lake; presentation of the OLA’s 76th Conservationist of the Year Award, and a drawing for door prizes.

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