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Winterkilled lakes..
« on: February 05, 2013, 08:26:34 PM »
Heard Wildhorse just west of Hinton is dead...as in dead fish laying on the bottom.

You guys hear of any others?

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Re: Winterkilled lakes..
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2013, 08:42:55 PM »
I was worried about my trout ponds, Sonny.  Last weekend it was dead slow for fish activity but finally got a few bites.  Hooked one for a bit and it seemed to have good spunk so I don't know.  Two and three weeks before that they were biting like crazy.  With the top three inches of ice being refrozen flood slush and the snow load, a lot less light is getting down so that worries me.  The water got a bit murkier too like the pond turned over, something happened.   It got cold relatively early this year so if we get a later thaw we might be in a lot of trouble for winter kill.
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Re: Winterkilled lakes..
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2013, 03:15:43 PM »
hate to say it ladies and gentlemen but chickacoo is official

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Re: Winterkilled lakes..
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2013, 09:00:33 PM »
Josh, I heard Salters was in rough shape too.
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Re: Winterkilled lakes..
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2013, 12:06:20 PM »
Found this info on winter kill thought it explains it very well. Although it is a study from the Michigan it is far better than anything I was able to find put out by SRD explaining what exactly happens.

http://www.aquaweed.com/pdf/Winterkill%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

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Re: Winterkilled lakes..
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2013, 05:12:34 PM »
Here is a pic from Hasse Lake I took today.

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Re: Winterkilled lakes..
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2013, 06:29:47 PM »
Good concise article.  The critical level for dissolved O2 for fish survival is about 3ppm or 3 mg/l.  I have good access to a chem lab at work and can get the girls to test for free.  I will take a sample from my trout ponds and see how they test.  I will probably take about 3 different samples.  Perhaps 20 ft, 10 ft, and just under the ice.
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Re: Winterkilled lakes..
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2013, 05:10:50 AM »
I heard Salters did die as the aerator was off for an extended period.  As well I hope all the walleye survived in Hasse.  Why they even went in there is beyond me!  Chickacoo wont be stocked with brookies anymore either. 

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Re: Winterkilled lakes..
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2013, 09:52:43 AM »
I heard Salters did die as the aerator was off for an extended period.  As well I hope all the walleye survived in Hasse.  Why they even went in there is beyond me!  Chickacoo wont be stocked with brookies anymore either. 

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Re: Winterkilled lakes..
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2013, 10:55:08 AM »

Walleye in Hassie?

Where did you hear that from???

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Re: Winterkilled lakes..
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2013, 11:50:00 AM »
Walleye in Hassie?

Where did you hear that from???

http://mywildalberta.com/Fishing/documents/FishStockingReport-Nov01-2012.pdf

page 9

20,000 plus walleyes and some pike and perch too.
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Re: Winterkilled lakes..
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2013, 02:54:21 PM »
Thanks Axeman
That is a surprise to me.

I know that sometimes the hatchery people and fisheries management are sometimes not on the same page and all of a sudden fish go somewhere for strange reasons.

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Re: Winterkilled lakes..
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2013, 12:50:11 PM »
I have heard that Lac La Nonne has experienced winterkill as well this year.

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Re: Winterkilled lakes..
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2013, 07:12:32 PM »
Thanks Axeman
That is a surprise to me.

I know that sometimes the hatchery people and fisheries management are sometimes not on the same page and all of a sudden fish go somewhere for strange reasons.

It would be interesting to know if this was indeed a mistake.  You should ask some of your contacts, Robin.
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Re: Winterkilled lakes..
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2013, 01:47:55 PM »
any word on how nakamun fared?
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