Friday, March 7, 2014

Trout Power 2014 is ready for sign up.

This years fishing tournament and creel study will be a one day event on Saturday June 7th.  Our kick off and registration will be June 6th at the Alamo Pub in the town of Poland on Rte 28.  Receive your Trout Power Packet at the Alamo at 7:00pm June 6th.

Sign up here. 

Events fishing categories are pretty easy. Everything is based on Barb-less, single hook and Catch and Release only. You must obey the laws of NYS DEC, and also respect private land.  We strongly encourage asking permission when in doubt. All winning fish must have a photo of the fish and this years Trout Power easy measurement tool.  We also encourage that your partner is present. Measurement Tool will be handed out on June 6th at the Alamo and must be returned, or can be purchased for $10.00.

Sign up Now

Fishing starts on Saturday at 15 minutes before sunrise, and ends at 2:00.  Award Ceremony and celebration to follow at 3:30.

We have multiple categories this year.  Min Age to Participate is 10 years old.  Anyone under 16 must have an adult as a partner.

  1. Longest Trout in trophy section caught on the fly, length based on inches.  $500.00
  2. Smallest Trout in West Canada Creek, documented $600.00
  3. Longest Trout caught in Cincinnati Creek, fly or spin, between rte 28 Barneveld to West Canada Creek $500.00
  4. Tributary study, non competitive.  Receive a log book and Trout Power Merchandise and have fun for the day exploring one of the 64 West Canada Tributaries.  Make sure you ask permission from land owners.  We kindly ask that fish are documented with photos in the easy care trout power measurement tool.  We are looking for wild Brook Trout and Wild Brown Trout.  Help us "make a memory" and celebrate with us after the event. 
  5. General Study, non competitive:  Many people just want to fish and have fun and get some cool special edition Trout Power Garb...  and we are all for that.  With this package you get a log book, some cool Trout Power Garb, and a fun day on the water. Our intent is still to document small fish.  We are anxiously looking for evidence of spawning fish, so any fish caught less then 6 inches with no fin clippings, and in pristine shape is a trophy. 

What is a Creel Study?  A creel study is a way that we can collect data on what is going on with the creek.

In 2012 our focus was on comparing the upper stretch of the Creek or the Trophy Section and the lower section.  We were looking for populations of fish.  What we found was that because the creel study targeted most inches, tactics were used to just catch any fish.  We learned that our stream is healthy, but is mostly a put and take fishery, meaning nearly all the fish caught were stocked.  This was determined by the DEC and Trout Power. In 2013 we were looking for large fish that are able to spawn in both the trophy section and below the trophy section.  What we saw was that the average trophy fish in the regulated catch and release section is over 16 inches, and in the section where you can keep fish a 16" fish was considered a trophy.

In 2014 we begin to look at the tributaries.  What we consider the gems or golden threads of the eco system.  Chances are with water being regulated by a dam that makes hydro power, the cold water refuge and possible spawning grounds is in the tributaries.  Brown trout and brook trout spawn in the fall, so a spring study is a good time to document fish without harming possible spawning habitat.  It also is a great time to pick up trash from the spring flood.

Some additional rules and suggestions.

Please encourage good sportsmanship, especially between fly anglers and conventional anglers.  The last 2 years everyone has gotten along great, and we expect the same in 2014.

Please consider bringing a garbage bag and pick up used bait containers and cans that disrespectful users of the creek leave behind.  Leave the river better then you found it is our mantra.

It is not necessary to photograph each fish, however it is required to photograph a fish if you are in a length wins category.  Make sure to log every fish in your log book.

We strongly encourage fun pictures.  Trout Power is a fun time, help share your fun.

Log Books and photos will be collected on Saturday afternoon. The best way to transfer photos is with an SD card.  Do not text photos.

Check in will be Friday evening at the Alamo on Rte 28 in Poland, NY. Please stay and support our local business and have fun with us.

Use the honor system, this is a fun event and is not aimed at competition it is aimed at enjoying fishing with your partner and having fun with fellow anglers.

We also are looking for volunteers to police and help anglers.  Please email if you are interested.

rules subject to be updated with notice, Sponsors please contact us if you can add prizes.

With your purchase of your Trout Power admission you  will receive:

2 trout power maps

2 trout power log books

2 trout power easy measure tools, please return after event

2 trout power baseball caps (not included for non-competitive)


JP Ross, Trout Power Manager.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Trout Power Sign up 2014, Delay

We have a slight delay on sign up for 2014 Trout Power due to some negotiations with the state and the Oneida County.  I expect to have sign ups ready to go by Friday.

Currently we are looking at:
-Longest Trout in trophy section
-Smallest Trout in West Canada Creek
-biggest Trout and most Trout in Cincinnati Creek
-tributary study, non competitive
-General Study, non competitive

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Should there be a public hearing?


By WKTV News

(WKTV) - State Assemblyman Marc Butler has called on the State Department of Environmental Conservation to conduct a public hearing on a proposal by the Mohawk Valley Water Authority to increase the amount of water it withdraws from Hinckley Reservoir.
The MVWA has applied for a modification of its water-supply permit. The MVWA currently withdraws about 21.4 million gallons per day from the reservoir and has asked the DEC to increase the amount to 32 million gallons per day, which is the capacity of its water treatment facility.
The application indicates the MVWA is prospectively filing on behalf of four townships: Schuyler, Frankfort, Kirkland and Westmoreland. Plans are for MVWA to ecentually increase its treatment capacity and increase its take from Hinckley Reservoir to 48.5 million gallons a day.
The deadline to comment on the project is a little more than a week away. The DEC is still considering whether to call a for a formal public hearing on the proposal.
Butler said calls for a public hearing and testimony should be submitted to William Lints, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, State Office Building, 207 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Some without water in Herkimer after land spills into creek

Courtesy of the Utica OD.
Some people in Herkimer County will have no or limited access to water due to a large portion of land falling into the West Canada Creek, officials with the county said.
A "large area" of land fell into the creek in a non-accessible area in the town of Russia, across the creek from the village of Poland, said Robert Vandawalker, Herkimer County's director for emergency services and 911. That shift of land affected the main reservoir, and between 100 and 150 feet of water main line serving the town of Herkimer was lost, he said.
People served directly off of the Graysville water line will have no water until further notice, Vandawalker said, while others – namely the village of Herkimer, Manion Heights and East Herkimer – will be asked to conserve water.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Fly Master Page gives us some help determining if tailwaters are bad. Looks like they are NOT.

Trout Power Needs Our Help!! Please Answer A Quick Question For Them!! (Answer by commenting on this post.)
Do you fish on any rivers or stream that have changing water flow from a dam or power plant and if YES, what is the name of the river or stream and does it have natural reproduction of fish. (not just stocked fish) If NO, say no natural reproduction.
If you could SHARE this so we get as wide a survey as possible, that would be great!!

Ill start off:
Salmon River NY, flow controlled by Brookfield Powers dam, YES natural reproduction of trout and salmon.

Oak Orchard Creek NY, flow controlled by Brookfield Power dam, YES, natural reproduction of trout and salmon.

Trout Power is currently working on the West Canada Creek here in NY with the goal of boosting natural reproduction of trout and in doing so help develop a better fishery and bring economic opportunities to the towns on the creek.

The information in this survey will really help them with their study.


Trout Power 2014 is June 7th. Sign ups to begin March 1st.

This years Trout Power is June 7th for the fishing tournament and already new events are popping up.  Like an archery tournament, and a Town Wide Garage sale.  I imagine Sweetie Pies is also going to have their 5k run as well.

More to come.  so keep checking in.

Beautiful West Canada Brown.  Caught, Loved, and Released. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Why Temperature sensors are important.

Prior to completion of Glen Canyon Dam in 1963, the temperature of water flowing through the Grand Canyon each year was highly variable, ranging from the icy, spring run-off to the warm, 85-degree summer-heated flows.
However, once the dam was constructed, the temperature of the water released from the dam - drawn from the depths of Lake Powell and released through the dam's large penstock intakes - ranged between 45 to 50 degrees. Immediately downstream, these cold water releases are good for the recreational trout fishery. But as the water moves downstream through the Grand Canyon, it only warms to about 60 degrees - not warm enough to allow the endangered native fish species, the humpback chub, to adequately reproduce or to successfully compete with or evade predation by some nonnative fishes in the Colorado River.
Why a Temperature Control Device?
graphic: cross-section of dam, with effect of tcd-modified intake tubes
In 1994, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a biological opinion under the Endangered Species Act recommending that the Bureau of Reclamation study the feasibility of modifying the operation of the dam by adding a temperature control device to the existing dam intake structures. The temperature control device would provide operators of the dam with flexibility to draw water from different depths of the reservoir, including warmer water from near the surface of the reservoir during the summer and autumn months, which are critical for the humpback chub. The goal of the temperature control device would be to provide the right combination of cold and warm water withdrawals to benefit the humpback chub, while protecting the trout fishery at Lees Ferry and avoid enhancing or increasing the population of non-native, warm-water fish.
Helping Native Fish
Research indicates that increasing the temperature of water flowing from Glen Canyon Dam is a key element in improving the status of and habitat for humpback chub and other native fish in Grand Canyon. Research also suggests that increasing temperatures in the river may trigger increases of some nonnative warmwater fishes resident in Grand Canyon or stimulate parasites or disease agents that are held in check by colder water.
A temperature control device will allow dam operators to raise and lower water temperatures as appropriate to maximize the beneficial effects of warmer water and to minimize the potential negative effects. Planning for the operation of a temperature control device will include addressing future management in the event warm water releases result in unacceptable levels of competition or predation by nonnative fishes, diseases or parasites that could detrimentally affect humpback chub or other fishes of concern to the Adaptive Management Program.
Flaming Gorge Dam, upstream on the Green River in Utah, provides an example of the benefits that a temperature control device could provide Glen Canyon Dam. Since 1978, when Flaming Gorge's intake structures were modified to accommodate warm water releases, native fishes have done better downstream near the Yampa River, while trout growth rates below the dam increased significantly. Temperature control devices also have been successfully installed and operated on several other Reclamation dams to benefit other fish species.
Status of the Temperature Control Device
The temperature control device is currently undergoing a feasibility assessment to satisfy provisions outlined in the FWS biological opinion. A risk assessment has been completed and the Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG) of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program has recommended to the Secretary of the Interior that Reclamation move forward to complete National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance on the device. Reclamation has distributed a scoping letter on a proposal to modify two of the dam's penstocks, test them, and, with review/input of the Adaptive Management Program, determine if more modifications are necessary.
Reclamation is also developing preliminary design parameters that would be needed to maintain cold water flows to cool turbines and transformers at Glen Canyon Dam - should the device be installed - thus allowing the powerplant to continue to operate at full capacity.
Design Features and Cost
Based on late 1990s cost estimates, development and installation of temperature control devices on two penstocks at Glen Canyon Dam could cost between $25 and $80 million, depending upon the type and scale of design. A design study is currently being conducted to update these estimates.