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#1 LepomisAuritus

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 04:29 PM

The extended pattern has been very wet in the mid-Atlantic recently. Last year was the wettest ever by a large margin in southeast PA and the moist trend has continued this year. I am concerned that I may not get any river snorkeling in after almost none last year and little the year before. That said, my greater concern is the prolonged high flow levels and turbidity may be affecting native fish, especially in spawning season. Is this concern justified? I know that increased turbidity from development has caused many extinctions, but I would imagine that wet cycles like this have occurred before naturally. I know many across the east are facing similar issues, so I would be interested to here some perspective from more experienced native fish enthusiasts. 

Thanks!



#2 JasonL

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 07:51 PM

We've had extensive flooding here in western KY this spring, to the point that some of my favorite spots have been inaccessible until recently. That said, I have seen YOY darters, catfish, Lepomis, and bass all within the last several weeks. So I guess the fish have figured it out, at least in my neck of the woods.




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