Trout do well in cold water. Especially if the forage is not as cold tolerant. With enough forage they will feed and grow over winter if there are no DO problems. Nice work BTW.
Thanks Ewest! I was definitely pumped! Two things I found most interesting.
One, we had major DO problems. At our regular measuring spot my buddy measured 1.0PPM at the surface and .8PPM a few feet down. That's when I counted the fish as dead. Obviously the fish that survived found a safe zone somewhere
, but clearly the DO conditions were very rough and we had major growth.
Two, with water temps at 32.6 I would have imagined the fish just shutdown, but clearly they didn't.
I know it's hard to discuss scientifically because I don't have a bunch of points to plot a temp or DO curve for the entire winter, BUT they grew tremendously in some really bad, freezing water.