When Do We Worry About Winter Kill?

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  1. b_illymac

    b_illymac Member Active

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    It's been as brutal a winter I can remember in Moses Lake. I'm starting to worry about winter kill on some of my favorite Seeps. Some of you guys that have been fishing here awhile maybe have a better idea on winter kill and what we can expect???
     
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    Sharing your concerns. Everything is iced over and now the snow just keeps coming and covering the ice.
     
  3. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Yeah, some of the Seeps may be in trouble. The Columbia backwaters I fish around here shouldn't be impacted, but concern for shallow, lowland lakes may well be impacted I fear.

    I'm also concerned about winter kill as it relates to shoveling snow. We're getting shelled again today - shoveled twice yesterday & once already today. Helped my Son thaw-out a water line in his new house yesterday; I'll bet he never forgets to trickle warm water in his north wall kitchen sink again during extended cold snaps! C'mon spring!
     
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    I would think that most of the seeps that hold trout now are more than 20 feet deep and probably won't winter-kill. Does anyone on the board remember Quail having a kill? The bass pond by my house has partial kills every few years, which lead to better sized bass for a year or two. It is shallow, weedy and is at 3500 feet with way more snow and ice than I am seeing on the basin.
     
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    Jim - take it easy out there with the shovels! My wife and I shoveled last nights snow this morning, it was dry and light. We're getting a lot of snow again, started about 10:00 AM and hasn't quit (yet). And oh joy, it's windy too so the drifts will pile up. Ah, spring.

    @bakerite - Jeff - I hope you're right.... that lake we fished in the seeps had some deep bodied fish that I'd like to try out again once the ice is off and the water warms up!
     
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    It was a helluva workout today - 3 times, lol. Thankfully, the young fella who lives across the street came over & helped. I can honestly say that I AM beat tonight though. Hank, however has had a ball now that his foot has healed-up.
     
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