Where do fish go in the winter?
Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:05 PM
Alaskan natives are said to harvest Alaska blackfish by digging them out of mud banks in wintertime, where they are encased in mucus cocoons. I’ve never personally seen this. But I have had blackfish “fly out” of my freshly drilled ice hole when I pulled out the auger in a shallow wetlands pond. I speculate that they were just below the ice possibly gulping bubbles of air stuck to the ice.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:49 AM
I had to eat my own words on this one after last winter. I was icefishing and caught a bullhead, it was very lively. I was quite suprised. It was only about 4 inches though. How big was the one you saw? All the ones I encountered diving were about 10 to 12 inches.
I'd guess eight inches but it's been a while since I seen it.
I searched online and found videos of bullhead caught or seen through the ice
So apparently enough observations exist that bullhead and maybe bass and the bait shop owners frogs go dormant in winter, but that they also have active streaks. the question is why? how? what triggers it? Is it a reaction to temperature shifts under the ice? is it an energy saving mode to save time between feedings so as not to waste energy when food is scarce?
Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:08 AM
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