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#108175 - 02/15/08 10:26 PM Water Temps - Spawning
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#108258 - 02/16/08 09:54 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: ewest]
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Time to earn our pay. We have been requested to serve as a data gathering source by Bob for the Bill Dance Group. We need the ability to have an ongoing source for water temps and spawning data from north to south and west to east. I have put links above on some of our past threads wrt this request. Who is up to helping on this?
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#108264 - 02/16/08 10:35 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: ewest]
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 Originally Posted By: ewest
Time to earn our pay . . .

We need the ability to have an ongoing source for water temps and spawning data from north to south and west to east.

. .. Who is up to helping on this?


I'm gone from home most Mondays thru Thursdays from 5:30 AM through 8:30 PM, but I can certainly monitor temps and spawning activity Friday through Sunday's.

Just let us know how and what you want recorded. I keep an MS Excel spreadsheet of fish kept and released, by date, length, sex (BG only), and weight. I can certainly add daily water/air temperature, and notes about spawning activity.

I don't think I'm the only one who also inspects the body cavities for eggs, milt, and stomach contents.

Just let us know what you need.

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#108271 - 02/17/08 06:30 AM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: catmandoo]
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#108274 - 02/17/08 08:14 AM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: Dave Davidson1]
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I'll help. I can also provide datat I've already collected from my ponds on yellow perch, bluegill, redear sunfish.
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#108275 - 02/17/08 08:27 AM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: Bruce Condello]
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Central Ohio
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Temperature 32 degrees F immediately under the ice. No sign of spawning activity.
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#108276 - 02/17/08 09:01 AM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: Theo Gallus]
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Thanks guys !! We will need lots of help. I am going to get my old data out also so that would help Bruce. I think this does not need to be a huge chore for anyone. We will have to think about how to compile the data in addition to posting here. I believe it will just be date , temp , type of spawning activity or not and special conditions present. They don't have to be every day stats (once a week or even less will help). Lets see what Bob and Bill need.

The main thing we will need is a bunch of sources ( 1000 points of lights as GHW Bush would say) so think about who can help form the grid. So far we have Neb , Cent. Ohio , WV , Cent. MS , and N. Cent. TX . We will need a much bigger and tighter grid than that. Volunteers ?

If anyone can think of any other threads here that should be included post them.

This may be another PB is tops in the class event. To my knowledge this data is not available on a nationwide scope. I know in one of the studies the writer had to call and find a person in each state F & W agency to provide data on a one time basis.
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#108285 - 02/17/08 10:26 AM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: ewest]
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Ewest,
I would be honored to assist in any small way that I can, but you know me...I don't know my fish from a hole in the ground.
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We stocked 800 4" - 6" YP (1 year old) and 1300 RES fingerlings last spring. Also 60# of FH. Seeded with 150 crays in the early fall. Planning SMB this year.
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I believe that I might get a YP spawn this spring...? I don't really know what info you are looking for other than if/when I see the wet toilet paper in the water along the shore, don't call the county health dept...rather to check in here first.
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#108287 - 02/17/08 10:33 AM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: ewest]
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From all the information I have gotten from this forum, it would only seem fair to "give back" as much as possible. I'm in, it would actually be an honor for me to be able to contribute. Add northwest Indiana to the list!
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#108301 - 02/17/08 12:07 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: Kevin H.]
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I will try to get a few ponds to sample near my school.

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#108336 - 02/17/08 05:44 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: Chris Steelman]
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The more the better and thanks guys.

Bski you can measure water temps. That is the important part. The rest I bet you will know it when you see it.
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#108340 - 02/17/08 06:00 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: Brettski]
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 Originally Posted By: Brettski
I don't really know what info you are looking for other than if/when I see the wet toilet paper in the water along the shore, don't call the county health dept...rather to check in here first.


No, no...call the county health dept first. Be sure to keep a tape recorder handy and e-mail the audio file to all of us.

I really want to hear how the county man tries to explain to you how that "wet toilet paper" got along the shore while keeping a straight face.

Better yet, get a video camera. Then you can tell him to smile because he's on Pondboss Candid Camera!
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#108366 - 02/17/08 09:49 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: davatsa]
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I will be able to to give spawning reports from Central Illinois this spring for most every species! I would be glad to help!

Rainbow trout already laid their eggs about 6 weeks ago and have started producing more, the males still have milt squirting out.
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#108420 - 02/18/08 01:43 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: n8ly]
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I have some rough data from Grady county GA.

I have a cheap aquarium thermometer in my neighbor's little pond where we stocked FH last fall. The temp has been reading 60F consistently for several weeks at about 1 ft below the surface. On one of those days I checked the temp in the top few inches of water and it read 65 degrees.

At this time the FH are the only fish in the pond. They have already spawned and continue to exhibit some spawning behavior and colors. There are schools of fry approximately .75 inches long at or near the surface. If it would be helpful I could net a few and post pics.
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#108422 - 02/18/08 01:49 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: GW]
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Thanks GW. Good info. No need to net the yoy as they are to fragile. If you can get an in water pic that would be neat to see.
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#108633 - 02/19/08 10:17 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: ewest]
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I took some photos at Mr. H's small pond today. The 700 FH I added last October have greatly increased in number. They are the only fish in the pond at this point. We had 3 inches of rain 2 nights ago and the surface temp was up to 67 today with air temp of about 70.

In this video (I'm leaning over the dock) you can see two (female?) FH swimming with their dorsal fins against the vertical piling. There has been at least one FH there for the last few days.



I assume these are spawning colors.



Here are the fry as of Feb 19. For reference the piling is a 4 X 4, and the pellet is a Grower 400 which is 3/32 inches diameter.


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#108697 - 02/20/08 03:07 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: GW]
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Big CNBG mamas' full of eggs.
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#108896 - 02/21/08 10:20 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: george1]
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Eric,

I guess I deleted earlier reply before posting....

Anyway, water temp is 56-57 degrees at 1-2 foot. CNBG females are full of eggs or just real fat. \:\)

Did notice some very small fry along the edge of the pond in groups of 20-30. Couldn't get close enough for an ID.

Also noticed some torpedo-type activity on top tonight. Could be the HSB's I stocked last May............
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#109410 - 02/25/08 10:38 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: Chris Steelman]
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Feb. 20th central Miss water temp 53F and muddy after a 4 inch rain. No obvious spawning but fish activity has increased markedly over the last 3 weeks. Air temps have been in the 60s for highs for 3 weeks.
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#110132 - 03/03/08 03:44 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: ewest]
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March 1 central Miss water temp 59/60 with 12 inch visibility. No noticeable spawning activity. Fish active in shallow water. Air temp highs in 65-75 range for last week.


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#110138 - 03/03/08 05:13 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: ewest]
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Water temp 72 degrees. Tilapia spawning and female LMB caught are full of eggs but not bass on beds yet. Redears starting to spawn.

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#113648 - 03/31/08 09:18 AM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: TEXAS715]
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Time to update. If you have info please add it.

Cent. Miss -- 3-8-08 -- 60F - air temps highs in the 70s F -no spawning activity.

-- 3-15-08 -- 62F - air temps highs in the 70s F. - no spawning activity.

-- 3-22-08 -- 65F - air temps highs in the mid 70s - male LMB starting to make beds.

-- 3-30-08 -- 71/72F - air temps in 80 F range w/ some high 80s days - male LMB active in shallow water some clearing beds - no spawning yet - no BG bed activity but close.


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#113649 - 03/31/08 09:23 AM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: ewest]
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Water temps here are in the mid to upper 40's, no spawning activity at all.

Ewest, when the water temps are right, any thoughts on looking for spawning activity on both the new and full moon phases vs the 1/4 moon phases?
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#113657 - 03/31/08 10:55 AM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: Shorty]
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I think my CC are spawning.Water temp low 60s,Ill ck it when I go back out to catch supper.
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#113686 - 03/31/08 01:59 PM Re: Water Temps - Spawning [Re: TOM G]
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Tom, my Grandson caught a 7 pound CC yesterday. It was loaded with eggs.
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