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Old 04-05-2016, 12:06 PM   #1
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13th Lake

Does anyone know if the ice is out on 13th Lake yet??

also is the water at a high level right now??
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Old 04-10-2016, 03:49 PM   #2
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It is, I paddled it today, I don't think it's been out long judging by the icebergs i had to maneuver around on the far end,

Had to stop at Elizabeth Point and put out a smoldering fire down next to the water. All I had to carry water was a sandwich bag, but eventually it worked. When I get to the opposite side, Campsite 6 had a fire smoldering and no one around. These people had left 4 or 5, 6 to 8 in. rotten logs smoldering. The trusty sandwich bag came into action again.

What the heck is wrong with people???

Water levels were high but there was plenty of beach showing at the put in.

People were catching fish. I saw one splake a fellow had caught that was close to 24" long.
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Old 04-10-2016, 11:04 PM   #3
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Is 13th still "artificial lures only" or can you fish with worms? I never understood the "no worms" policy like with baitfish but I assume it has something to do with introducing non-native soil and/or non- native plant life. If anyone knows please clarify. DEC can't explain it to me. Thanks,
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Worms are actually non-native to most (if not all) of the Adirondacks. Their introduction to forest ecosystems has resulted in some pretty significant changes in soil ecosystems due to their propensity for accelerating breakdown and decomposition of organic matter. Some ecologists have suggest that they should be classified as an invasive species in some areas.

Although from a regulatory stand point, I would suspect that it's just a lot easier to write an enforceable regulation that permits artificial lures only.
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:24 AM   #5
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Is 13th still "artificial lures only" or can you fish with worms? I never understood the "no worms" policy like with baitfish but I assume it has something to do with introducing non-native soil and/or non- native plant life. If anyone knows please clarify. DEC can't explain it to me. Thanks,
DEC website says 13th Lake is "Use or possession of baitfish prohibited". I guess worms would be OK. I had an "Old Timer" tell me the reason they didn't want you to use live bait was to protect fish below the legal size from gut hooking. I guess trout and salmon have high mortality rates if they're deeply hooked. If a lake had a minimum size limit or slot limit, it was likely to prohibit live bait. Makes sense to me, but I'm not a huge trout fisherman.

ADK Keith. You the man! Thanks for putting out those fires. Even though it's cold and pouring rain today, that could have been a disaster. The latest issue of the Conservationist has a good story on the 2015 Roosa Gap fire in Sullivan County. 3600 acres burned because of a careless fire.
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DEC website says 13th Lake is "Use or possession of baitfish prohibited". I guess worms would be OK. I had an "Old Timer" tell me the reason they didn't want you to use live bait was to protect fish below the legal size from gut hooking. I guess trout and salmon have high mortality rates if they're deeply hooked. If a lake had a minimum size limit or slot limit, it was likely to prohibit live bait. Makes sense to me, but I'm not a huge trout fisherman.

ADK Keith. You the man! Thanks for putting out those fires. Even though it's cold and pouring rain today, that could have been a disaster. The latest issue of the Conservationist has a good story on the 2015 Roosa Gap fire in Sullivan County. 3600 acres burned because of a careless fire.
The use of baitfish is prohibited because of the possibility of introducing non natives to that body of water.
I totally agree with that in "reclaimed ponds or lakes".
I have my reservations in some ponds that are already overrun with "trash" fish.
The regulation about worms and night crawlers escapes me.

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