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It's spawning time in the Conasauga


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#1 trygon

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 09:19 PM

This past Saturday , I went to the Conasauga River in Polk County Tennessee; it was a nice spring day, air temp. in the low 70's, water 55 and unusually clear.  I was looking for spwning darters,I wasn't disappointed.

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Spawning Holiday Darters

 

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Coosa Darter, prespawn

 

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Getting there...

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...Bingo!  Note the extended ovipositor.

 

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The Stonerollers are looking good, but I only saw one tubercled male and no trenches or pits.

 

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The Musk Turtles were out in force, I've never seen so many before and they're easier to approach in the cool water.

 

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And the Trilliums looked good too.


Bryce Gibson
There are sharks in every ocean...except Billy Ocean.

#2 Doug_Dame

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 11:24 PM

Great photos, Bryce ... thanks for sharing.


Doug Dame

Floridian now back in Florida
 


#3 mattknepley

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 05:36 AM

First pic to last, I have to agree with Doug.  =D>  


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#4 Chasmodes

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 08:45 AM

Me too, spectacular!!!


Kevin Wilson


#5 EBParks

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 11:01 AM

Awesome photos!


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Joshua Porter

#6 Casper

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  • Chattanooga, TN alongside South Chickamauga Creek, just upstream of the mighty Tennessee River.

Posted 30 March 2017 - 11:11 AM

55... too cold for me. Those trilliums tell me what i need to be doing if i was there.  Nice to see the Coosa's sporting that lead red spot in the dorsal.


Casper Cox
Chattanooga, near the TN Divide on BlueFishRidge overlooking South Chickamauga Creek.

#7 trygon

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 07:43 PM

Thanks guys, I'm glad you like them.


Bryce Gibson
There are sharks in every ocean...except Billy Ocean.

#8 Isaac Szabo

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 12:00 PM

Great photos, Bryce! I'm glad you're making use of that drysuit. Hopefully I can join you in a few weeks.

#9 don212

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 07:00 AM

beautiful pics, seems to have been a great day, though too cold for floridians



#10 Kanus

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 07:03 PM

Can't wait to get out and explore some with ya! Great photos!


Derek Wheaton

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