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Early Spring Headwater Species

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#1 Dylansd4

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  • Ohio

Posted 21 March 2024 - 08:37 PM

Ive recently been trying for Rosyside Dace in southern Ohio with no luck. I know there have been Rosies collected in the area before, but I havent seen any fish species at all in the creeks where they have known collection records in. My thought is that they have headed downstream to deeper creeks for the winter months and will make their way back up into the tributaries as the water warms up. Does anyone have experience looking for very small stream species during colder months? I would check in the larger river that connects to the tributaries Ive sampled in, but all of that land is private.

#2 ShadetreeIchthyologist

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  • Charleston SC

Posted 22 March 2024 - 12:13 AM

I’ve found that some species disappear in the cold. It took me several weeks to collect creek chubs one winter when I could go to the same creek and collect them all spring. I found them in deep water in piles of debris.
"Amateurs can potentially make valuable contributions to our knowledge of fishes". - Etnier and Starnes

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