Milestones of the Club

October 2005 - Club members build their own hatchery

Club members lay down the foundation of their first hatchery. The hatchery when completed will be big enough to hatch 40,000 fish. The water supply is from a covered spring and is directly run to the tank with a gravity feed.

June 2004 - Grand Isle Fish Hatchery donates Atlantic salmon fry

Excess fish from the Grand Isle Fish Hatchery was donated to the club. Club members went to Vermont and transported the Atlantic salmon fry from the hatchery and placed them in Mad River.

January 2004 - The Club attempts to hatch Atlantic salmon eggs in its own facility

Part of the normal shipment of eyed eggs intended for the Beaverkill Trout Hatchery were diverted to our own facility. The eggs were placed in the club's tank as an experiment to determine if club members could hatch salmon eggs by themselves. The tank was left out doors with just a cover over the tank. The water supply came directly a spring. We lost some fish due to low oxygen in the water but the experiment was judged to be a success.

June 2003 - Atlantic Salmon Fry stocked

In addition, the club has been receiving more reports of large Atlantic salmon being caught in Fish creek, indicating that the fish are doing fine in Oneida lake and are migrating back up Fish Creek.

March 2003 - Atlantic salmon eggs delivered to Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery

In an attempt to increase the number of Atlantic salmon being stocked, the club obtained permission to hatch Atlantic salmon at Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery located near Elbridge, NY. Club members were on hand when 15,000 Atlantic salmon eyed-eggs (Grand Lakes strain) were delivered to the hatchery. The eggs were hatched and reared in a stainless steel tank provided by the club. Due to unfortunate circumstances, most of the fish were lost.

February 2003 - Salmon in Oneida lake

The club has received several reports of Atlantic Salmon being caught through the ice on Oneida Lake. At least 6 Atlantics were caught.

July, 2002 - Atlantic Salmon in Oneida Lake

The club recovered an Atlantic Salmon from Oneida lake on July 22. It was caught by the Cornell Extension on Shackleton point with a gill net in thirty feet of water near buoy 129. The fish had three yellow perch in its stomach. It weighted 386 grams and was 311 millimeters (12 1/4 inches) long.

June 2002 - Tagging of Atlantic Salmon

The club has achieved for the first time, its objective of tagging and releasing Atlantic salmon. A total of 6 salmon were released on June 27 in the East Branch. These fish were the results of the stocking in 2001 and ranged from 157 to 206 millimeters long. The public is asked to report to the club if one of these tagged fish are caught. A form is available to record the data which then can be e-mailed to the club. The essential data is when, where, size, how and tag number. The data for the tagged fish is available as well.

There is a table available for printing if more than one fish is caught.

August 2001 - Salmon in the Oneida River System

The club has received good news that Atlantic salmon are being caught in the Oneida River system. They are most probably some of the fish stocked by the club. One Atlantic salmon was recovered at the base of the Caughdenoy dam. Another was caught but not recovered by the club.

A second Atlantic salmon was netted by people working for the Cornell Extension on Shackleton Point on Oneida Lake. This fish was 303 mm (11.9 inches) long and weighted 227.1 grams. The club has obtain the fish for further study.

Whether these fish were heading downstream or back upstream from Lake Ontario is a point of conjecture.

August 1997 - Atlantic salmon survive the initial stocking

Club members were on hand when a crew from DEC electro-shocked Point Rock creek. Over 50 Atlantic salmon, most measuring 80 mm long were recovered.

June 1997 - The club stocks Atlantic salmon in Fish Creek

The club for the first time stocks Atlantic salmon into Fish creek. This is the first time since the early 1800's that Atlantic salmon have inhabited the East Branch of Fish Creek.