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Conasauga Saturday August 2017


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#1 Michael Wolfe

Michael Wolfe
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  • North Georgia, Oconee River Drainage

Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:15 PM

Had a real nice day snorkeling the Conasauga yesterday.  Matt Wagner was up from Mississippi and brought a few friends along.  And of course the Snorkelmeister was there doing his education thing (this time with a group of Boy Scouts, that I think were from the Atlanta area).  While there was not much high color due to how late in the summer we are, the fish were abundant and a few were still showing off a bit.

 

The beauty of the river was there on full display.

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One of my personal favorites, the Logperch were out flipping everything in sight.

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The Alabama Hogsuckers were also very active in their feeding while I was in the water.  Lots of smaller individuals showing their distinctive black flags.

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We saw Tricolor Shiners and the fed listed Blue Shiners and Alabama Shiners in all their different niches.  This one male (and a few others) was colored up and had the frosted fins along the underside.

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The Conasauga's crayfish are brightly marked and highlighted with orange and were out in force on this particular day.

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And the big Logperch were not the only darters we saw.  Greenbreast were rare, but there. Bridled Darters hovered above the bottom and were quick and wary. I spotted just a single pair of Coosa Darters (too quick to get a photo). And it was a Happy Holiday to a level I had not seen here before.  Really great to see the Holidays out in such numbers.

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#2 Isaac Szabo

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:29 PM

Wow, beautiful photos. Great job, Michael. Wish I could have been there with you guys.



#3 mattknepley

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 05:50 AM

Nice! Wouldn't have minded being their myself, one bit!
Matt Knepley
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."

#4 Chasmodes

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 07:30 AM

Beautiful pics Michael and a fantastic report!  Thanks for sharing!!!!


Kevin Wilson


#5 Tye

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  • Champaign, IL

Posted 15 August 2017 - 11:50 PM

Wonderful pictures! How deep is the water you're snorkeling in here? It's beautifully clear!

#6 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 06:53 PM

Wonderful pictures! How deep is the water you're snorkeling in here? It's beautifully clear!

 

Most of those were taken in just a couple of feet of water... but the Logperch pic was taken in maybe 5 feet.

 

The Conasauga is known for its clarity, but to be honest it was only medium good Saturday... we have been getting some rain.


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