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It's spawning time in the Conasauga

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#1 trygon

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  • Knoxville, Tennessee

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.




Spawning Holiday Darters



Coosa Darter, prespawn



Getting there...


...Bingo!  Note the extended ovipositor.



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



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



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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  • Smack-dab between the Savannah and the Saluda.

Posted 30 March 2017 - 05:36 AM

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

Matt Knepley
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."

#4 Chasmodes

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 08:45 AM

Me too, spectacular!!!

Kevin Wilson

#5 FishGuyJosh

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 11:01 AM

Awesome photos!


#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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  • Knoxville, Tennessee

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

Isaac Szabo
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  • Marble Falls, AR

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

On a mountain overlooking the North Fork Roanoke River on one side, the New River Valley on the other, and a few minutes away from the James River watershed...the good life...

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