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NFC: Re:Colecting trip now: collecting during drought conditions
In a message dated 11/29/99 9:36:20 AM US Central Standard Time,
CDowns at bridge_com writes:
<< I returned from my collecting trip on the upper Black River and it was
somewhat disappointing. But perhaps it was because my hopes were too high.
A *prolonged* dry spell led me to expect isolated pools crammed with fish (I
love to go fishing during droughts since it makes the fish finding chore so
much easier.) >>
On Thanksgiving Day, I took my minnow traps down to my Mom's property
(southeastern Indiana) to see if anything interesting was in Plum Creek which
runs through her property. While parts of it dry up entirely, the fish
normally accumulate in the pools that never seem to dry up.
This time, there was nothing there that I could observe. While a few could
be hiding in what few tree roots and leaf litter was there, I decided I did
not want to remove or even stress out what might be left. The creek normally
has thousands of common minnows in it. Occasionally, Great Blue Herons are
seen at the stream, so I suppose they might have wiped out the population.
Any thoughts or comments on what happens to the fish population during
unusually dry conditions?
Indianapolis, Indiana USA