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After a day of intense winds up to 55 mph, and above normal temps, this is all that is left of the ice on the biggest pond on the property that is home to the trophy size yellow perch and bluegill:




Here's is a closer picture of the remaining ice. (Less than 10 percent of the pond)



A close up of some open water, which is a combination of Aquashade and a minor coldwater algae bloom. I get my most intense algae blooms in the winter, probably due to more available nutrients for the phytoplankton, due to the dye off of macrophytes. In the water is some kind of sedge grass that has died down and been submerged by high water.



Anyone else see any season changes up north?

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If pigs could fly bacon would be harder to come by and there would be a lot of damaged trees.






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Not up north, but open water completely down here. Heading out with the long rods shortly. Hope I haven't forgotten how to fish.


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Originally Posted By: sprkplug
Not up north, but open water completely down here. Heading out with the long rods shortly. Hope I haven't forgotten how to fish.


I doubt that!


If pigs could fly bacon would be harder to come by and there would be a lot of damaged trees.






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Still 85% ice covered here, my pond came up 7-8" in two days with the rapid snow melt this week. I am hoping the cold water influx didn't shock my RES. I am thinking another day or two before ice out.



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Originally Posted By: Shorty
Still 85% ice covered here, my pond came up 7-8" in two days with the rapid snow melt this week. I am hoping the cold water influx didn't shock my RES. I am thinking another day or two before ice out.




If pigs could fly bacon would be harder to come by and there would be a lot of damaged trees.






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Here in North Texas we have seen early FA production, and Al has coontail starting to take over again this year.


These 68-73 degree waters are tough to manage this time of year. smile


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Originally Posted By: Shorty


Yeah that's almost history!

My big pond is now ice free.


If pigs could fly bacon would be harder to come by and there would be a lot of damaged trees.






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Got a ways to go to ice out for good here in N. Illinois. Some of what looks like open water in this pic is actually about a foot of water pooled on top a layer of ice below. Temps supposed to drop back down some next week.



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I let Kate out to run around today when I looked at the pond and she jumped off the pier and promptly went thru the ice. I fished her out none the worse for wear. There is still ice all over the pond, but it's very honeycombed, and maybe 2" thick.


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Almost all the snow is gone here, but there is still some ice hanging about.

Beautiful weather for Feb tho!

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Weatherman says back to winter by next weekend. cry

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We're still locked. Several days of sub zero last weekend tightened things up. This was early, by afternoon it was 56 here... Edges getting soft. It's like 21 days to daylight savings time... Bring it on!


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Your water looks really close to breaching the top of the dam on the far side of the picture. Just an optical illusion?

One poster on here had a recent dam failure because part of his dam was lower than his emergency overflow area.

Hopefully is is just the angle I'm looking at it. Pictures can be deceiving.


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Well it is getting mild out but still all ice but the the air stations in the shallows.

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Getting close, so far no morts.

Looking SSW


Looking north.



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We were ice-out at the end of January, then locked right back up again. Sitting at 8 inches or so of crummy snow-filled ice and the prospect of a heavy cold rain this week. Ugh.

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I found two morts after work tonight, rough measurement on the slightly larger one was 11-1/4". frown




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Originally Posted By: Shorty
I found two morts after work tonight, rough measurement on the slightly larger one was 11-1/4". frown



Hate to see that. Nice fish though. Hopefully a very small percentage.

I forget, do you use any aeration in winter?

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As we know RES are cold water sensitive. Older individuals may be more temperature sensitive than younger RES.


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Cecil, no winter aeration due to the RES. Rapid snow melt last week brought the pond up 7-8" pretty quick while it was still ice covered, I was worried it might have temperature "shocked" some of my RES. I have also been keeping an eye on the wind mixing the water column after ice out. So far only two RES, both looked very thick. I still might find a few more floaters in the next few days, last year I found a half dozen RES in the 4-7" range after ice out.



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Shorty,

You can't run some air really close to shore without chilling the water column?


If pigs could fly bacon would be harder to come by and there would be a lot of damaged trees.






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I don't want to risk it, the pond is only a 1/4 acre. Winter aeration might get a few RES but more importantly I have dogs and don't want to mess with having areas of thin ice. Years ago at my dad's old pond their 15 year old dog went out on the ice where the heat pump discharged into the pond, she drowned next to the dock in shallow water on a very cold Christmas morning. I will fire the aerator back up when water temps are back into the mid 50's.



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Hate to see that. On the positive side however, you are turning out some tremendous RES! Good times ahead me thinks!


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Steve I too have RES morts every winter, not a ton, but I often see them laying on bottom with my AquaVu when fishing. It's heartbreaking, I share your pain. When are you coming fishing?


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