here are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.
Aldo Leopold

30 June 2008

Late June Lakers and Spiny Water Fleas

Capt. George Havelin and his boat, the "Miss Lizzy," found the fish yet again on Cayuga Lake.
Lake Trout were the species de jour, though we did boat one undersized landlocked Atlantic salmon.

Capt. George inquired about the globs of aquatic gunk that accumulate on the trolling lines this time of year. He called them "spinner fleas." This is an example of good dissemination of mostly correct information, though the technical name for the phenomena he is referring to is "Spiny and/or Fishhook water fleas," Bythotrephes spp and Cercopagis pengoi respectively. The range of these invasive species is highlighted in the map red below...notice the Finger Lakes region :

In case Capt. George is unavailable, there are other Finger Lakes guides.