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Re: Winter kill 2021
DrLuke #534828 05/06/21 06:02 AM
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DrLuke - I am sorry to hear about your winter kill, but very glad to hear it was not a complete kill!!

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I have begun to wonder if maybe more species tolerate a great range of (low) temps than previously thought? There I go guessing again.

You should talk to MNFish. He has proven that what you are guessing is correct. He is running aeration 24/7 in real winter conditions and his bass are thriving under the ice!


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Re: Winter kill 2021
esshup #534829 05/06/21 06:05 AM
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Originally Posted by esshup
So, I threw caution to the wind and turned on the diffuser in the deepest part of the pond, and opened up a 30' dia hole in 10 hours through 8" ice and a foot of snow. (What ice dome?)

Maybe you guys with southern ponds don't have to worry about domes. wink


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Re: Winter kill 2021
wbuffetjr #534858 05/06/21 12:10 PM
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We have to worry about summer kills though.

Re: Winter kill 2021
DrLuke #536617 06/17/21 01:19 PM
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We've caught a few more species of fish:
[Linked Image from i.imgur.com] 8 inch YP, with nice fat body condition

[Linked Image from i.imgur.com] GSH (if that's the acronym for golden shiner). Probably not reproducing due to the ovarian parasite they all get, but at least there's some around for forage for our biggest LMB.

[Linked Image from i.imgur.com] AND...new max size LMB for our pond. 18.25", 3.52 lbs. She was spawned out but looked good. Caught by my brother-in-law, of course....


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Re: Winter kill 2021
DrLuke #536619 06/17/21 01:20 PM
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We've seen BG fry and LMB fry and perch ribbons back in April and early May. Nature chooses from it's own I suppose. Nice to see the next generations are in the pipeline...


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Re: Winter kill 2021
DrLuke #536624 06/17/21 02:30 PM
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Great to see that things are rebounding!


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Re: Winter kill 2021
Bobbss #536625 06/17/21 02:40 PM
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Bob,
It sure does lift my spirits when we see fish fry and are catching some adult fish. I think we still might get an shock survey this fall to get a more accurate idea of what sizes and classes of fish we have.


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Re: Winter kill 2021
DrLuke #536628 06/17/21 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by DrLuke
Bob,
It sure does lift my spirits when we see fish fry and are catching some adult fish. I think we still might get an shock survey this fall to get a more accurate idea of what sizes and classes of fish we have.
It seems like the fish numbers rebound quickly if there are less adults feeding on them, nature doing its thing, they can produce a ton of fry, if a higher percentage of them make it due to less predatation it doesnt take long for numbers to be back up.
I dont think we lost any fish in this area but that late extremely cold spell with a lot of snow cover I think decimated our wild turkey numbers really bad, we are not seeing 1/4th of the amounts we had, also bluebirds are extremely scarce, seldom see a few, we used to have tons of em, I found 4 dead in one drafty bluebird house this spring, likely froze to death.


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