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A 'Shad-a-riffic' Trip to Lake Tillery.


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#1 taldridge0321

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:08 PM

I was to spend the weekend at my parents near Lake Tillery. The lake was full of fish and we did well.  We found:

 

May+_106_.JPGLongnose Gar

Largemouth Bass

Black Crappie

Bluegill

Redbreast Sunfish

Redear Sunfish (Including a foot long one)

Gizzard Shad

Threadfin Shad (in abundance)

Blueback Herring

Golden Shiner (in abundance)

White Perch (in abundance)

Flathead Catfish

Blue Catfish

Channel Catfish

Yellow Perch

 

 



#2 taldridge0321

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:10 PM

Small Threadin Shad were found in coves, but fifty each cast could be caught at the dam. May+_373_.JPG



#3 taldridge0321

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:10 PM

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#4 taldridge0321

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:12 PM

Blueback Herring were a little harder to locate. Beautiful sheen on the fish. May+_515_.JPG



#5 taldridge0321

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:12 PM

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#6 taldridge0321

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:14 PM

Adipose eyelid on the Blueback Herring.



#7 taldridge0321

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:14 PM

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#8 taldridge0321

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:16 PM

And I couldn't forget to mention this guy, we caught two near this size as well. Juveniles were frequent as well. I wish I would have weighed him, but what do you guys think?z.JPG



#9 taldridge0321

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 09:52 PM

After reviewing a few pictures and noticing some possible differences in the Blueback Herring photos, I've posted these. I know the old man who hooked us up with the fishing spots told us that Alewife's were in the lake as well. What do you guys think? Thanks for your help.

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#10 taldridge0321

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 09:57 PM

Last one. According to my Peterson, Blueback Herring-blue above, thin dark stripes on upper side.It.JPG

Alewife-sim to B. Herring but blue-green above with larger eye.



#11 gerald

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 12:27 PM

The sunnie I'd call it a redear - it has the typical brown-spotted cheeks.  Dont know about alewife vs blueback; maybe Scott or Fritz can say.  I doubt either one is reproducing successfully in Lake Tillery, so whichever species NCWRC has been stocking in the past few years is probably it.


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#12 mattknepley

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 04:50 PM

Looks like a great time, love some of the colors that show up in the sheen on those fishes!
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#13 MtFallsTodd

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 05:45 PM

Neat fish, looks like a fun day.
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#14 fritz

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 07:44 PM

Tim - send me the photos of the Alosa to my email and I will share with the WRC fisheries biologist for that area.

 

Fritz



#15 taldridge0321

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 05:52 AM

Tim - send me the photos of the Alosa to my email and I will share with the WRC fisheries biologist for that area.

 

Fritz

Just sent those pictures your way Fritz. 



#16 gerald

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 08:03 AM

Others agree with redear sunfish for #8 above?  I'm so insecure now after the dusky shiner mis-ID.


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#17 Dustin

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 08:11 AM

I agree with redear Gerald, not that it helps much.


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#18 keepnatives

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:27 PM

I agree, but no matter, you've got a sufficient record of correct id's you could miss several and not lose any trust.


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#19 mattknepley

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 08:11 PM

I agree, but no matter, you've got a sufficient record of correct id's you could miss several and not lose any trust.

Ditto that.
Matt Knepley
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#20 fritz

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 08:27 PM

I shared Tim's Alosa photos with 2 WRC biologists and they concur that they are blueback herring, which has been stocked in Lake Tillery.  One mentioned that reservoir populations of either species can start to look like each other with time.  Tim also caught several more and cut them open.  All had black peritoneums which is a blueback character






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