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Ralph Wiggum

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Ralph Wiggum

I noticed a lot of dead and dying sheephead on Games Lake this weekend (more than just people whacking them before tossing them back). Anyone know the story? Is it a disease?

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chucker34

No. Perhaps all the people shooting fireworks over and into the lake? Always wondered if that pollutes the water...I was out on Games this weekend and detected a very fishy smell but didn't see the source...

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J'sBait&Sport

I HERAD THERE WAS SAME SITUATION IN FLORIDA LAKE FOR A WHILE???????? NOW IT HAS MOVED TO GAMES OR WHAT? WOW........

J.

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Ralph Wiggum

I don't think it is fireworks because this was happening well before the 4th. If it was a pollution problem, I would suspect that I'd see other dead species, as well.

I had also heard it happened on Lake Florida.

It's pretty gross. I scooped at least 4 off of our shoreline each morning and found lots more floating around the lake while out in the boat.

I have an e-mail into the fisheries office in Spicer, but I haven't heard anything back yet.

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Eye_Hammer

Hopefully it is just the Drum dying. It sure can't hurt

their population. There are tons of them in Norway. I actually netted 1 by the dock 2 weeks ago. Hopefully the

association can find someone to net them this winter. Opening weekend our boat of 4 took out 58. 33 the morning

of the opener alone.

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sparcebag

Article in Willmar paper said DNR was looking into it,they thought it was some kind of stress on them not to worry about new ???? some disease?? that was 2-3 weeks ago! I guess sheepie are prone to sudden changes which can cause death.

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J'sBait&Sport

THAT'S STANGE, WHAT KIND OF STRESS, MARRIAGE ? THE WIFE ? BOY THAT'LL DO IT TO YOU....HEEE........HEE.........(Just kidding could't resist that one)

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jigginjim

sheephead dying could only be bad for lake shore owners and guys who like to smoke them for the evening beer drinking. (Well maybe for the Norway lake sheepie contest). J, maybe we could have the DNR stock more sheephead into the lakes. wink.gif

Look at the bright side cut the heads off and collect the stones for flee market sales. grin.gif Just a thought!

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primetime49

Jiggin go to Mississipi River North and get in on smallmouth sizes and weights.

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Ralph Wiggum

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sheephead dying could only be bad for lake shore owners and guys who like to smoke them for the evening beer drinking.


I don't mind them dying, except for the stench and the fact that I end up scooping them off our beach and disposing of them.

I'm also a little concerned with the health of the other fish in the lake, but so far, it seems to just be the sheepies.

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