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If this deep freeze keeps up there should be a heckuva' Shad Kill this year.  

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Would a huge shad kill be a good thing?

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6 minutes ago, Rodmaker said:

Would a huge shad kill be a good thing?

There's a reply from a fisheries Bio on one of the Beaver threads on that, basically the answer is no - you don't want too much of a kill.

Probably good for Taney once those dead shad come through the dam the trout feed up on them.

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Is the magic water temp 42?  That's what I've understood it to be.  Then the weaker shad start to die.

Just because you see shad dying on TR doesn't mean they'll come through the turbines at the dam. They have to be down close to 130 feet at the dam to get sucked through.

Duane just got back from fishing up there.  Said the trout are hammering white/gray jigs right now.  That could be a sign they are seeing some shad... but DD didn't see any shad nor were they catching any huge-bellied trout.

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get some of these now!

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22 hours ago, Quillback said:

There's a reply from a fisheries Bio on one of the Beaver threads on that, basically the answer is no - you don't want too much of a kill.

Probably good for Taney once those dead shad come through the dam the trout feed up on them.

IMHO, after the last two years of VERY mild Winters and the resulting explosion in the Threadfin Shad population a good old nasty Winter (cold only, no heavy snow and ice storms please) that results in a thinning-out of the Threadfin population would be good for angling.   After previous Winters similar to this one, so far, it resulted in a great crankbait bite once it warms enough for the Crawdads to come out of their Winter hidey-holes. 

When going down on the dock to keep batteries charged, I have to remember to look down in the water that has cleared up from the Plankton die-off and see if there are any dead Shad visible on the bottom.  That's usually a good indicator of what's going on.  

I know the seagulls would sure appreciate it. ;) 

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19 hours ago, Phil Lilley said:

Is the magic water temp 42?  That's what I've understood it to be.  Then the weaker shad start to die.

Just because you see shad dying on TR doesn't mean they'll come through the turbines at the dam. They have to be down close to 130 feet at the dam to get sucked through.

Duane just got back from fishing up there.  Said the trout are hammering white/gray jigs right now.  That could be a sign they are seeing some shad... but DD didn't see any shad nor were they catching any huge-bellied trout.

42 is what I always heard as the lower limit of the Threadfin survival temp.  Not sure about the Gizzard shad.  It's gotta' be below that in the shallower Coves by now. 

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