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Old 08-22-2011, 10:58 PM
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so i went back to my local lake and found a bunch of gizzard shad swimming the shore.
should i be worried?
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big or small ones? but nah, i catch a bunch in my throw net all the time. I wouldn't be to concerned about them other than having a fly that mimicks them.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:23 PM
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probably 4 or 5 inches.
i was thinking in a lake that they might be evasive


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I'm pretty sure these things are absolutely exploding in the Ohio River right now. I saw thousands of them schooled up where I usually fish in Louisville while fishing the other day. I could hardly throw a cast without bringing one in... fishing became trying to catch the RIGHT kind of fish, rather than having my hook space being filled by shad....

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I found an article from Iowa talking about gizzard shad being potentially dangerous for small systems, so the lake might fit in there. It noted that they can potentially outcompete for food with all other fish in the system, potentially explaining the limited numbers of LMs I see where I usually fish:

Gizzard Shad Threatening Iowa's Lakes
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gator,
thnx for the article. i would say thats 99% percent what is going on here
plus, while at the lake today, i noticed that fish and game has posted signs requesting that anglers "do not release gizzard shad".
i hope we can clean this up before things get out of control.


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But in the meantime, you know what fly to tie or fish. All the big fish are gonna feed on that hatch.

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No kidding on cleaning it up, the method mentioned in the article is pretty ominous, draining the lake and killing off everything and restarting... People do some really stupid things and everyone else ends up suffering.
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gator,
kind of sad isnt it?
i foresee a stunted population of bass and sunfish within the next year and then probably a total lake kill off.
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