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tjbassmaster

St. James Winterkill

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tjbassmaster

I am sorry to say it does not look good at all for st.james. Today I went and looked at the outlet after I heard there were some dead fish there. This is what I found.

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Here is a pic of all of them.

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And a little bass.

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pascooter94

hope its not to bad.....

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LOTWSvirgin

I hope its not as bad as one thinks. Now I dont live in St James but my mom does. I told her the lake had died out last week then on Saturday she calls me and says there are a bunch of peopl eout there fishing.

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mr_jman

Hopefully the panfish survive! They can always put more northerns and bass in if the forage survives those fish should grow back. Dissapointing and I had a very nice ~30+" northern to the boat this summer. Also had some very nice bass pulled in last year and I don't even target them! Hope some of them can make it through! No walleyes yet but it'll be interesting to see what else shows up once the ice melts!

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tjbassmaster

Lot of dead fish starting to show up now

Millions of sunfish and crappies or all sizes

Tons of bass of all sizes

A lot of walleyes in the 20 plus range along with some smaller ones

A few small northerns.

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LOTWSvirgin

Thats sucks!!!!!

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MN Shutterbug

It's almost enough to make a person sick.

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mr_jman

Those are the saddest pictures I have seen in a LONG time. Really really sad that it couldn't have been saved. Unlike many other lakes, all you see are game fish species. Nice walleyes, northerns, gills, didn't see a ton of crappies or any perch in the pictures but the lake isn't loaded with them either. THIS REALLY SUX!!!!!!

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broken_line

that is really sad!!!! frown alot of reeeeealllyy nice fish there frown

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bigtwin

Good News. I talked with the DNR folks and they were out on St. James yesterday and caught lots of live fish including bluegill, black crappie, yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass and unfortunately a couple of large black bullhead.

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Marcus Taplin

Thanks for the pics tjbassmaster. This is such a sad thing to see.

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trappingaddiction

I am not in this area, but that is sad to see. Hopefully more fish lived then died, but it sure looks like a lot of dead fish. Does anyone know why some of the same fish, and same sized fish die, but some live and are healthy?

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Norm1980

That Sucks!! looks like a lot of nice sized fish didn't make it. Hopefully some larger walleyes & northerns made it through.

Did the aerators not help? how did the oxygen level get so low?

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mr_jman

Very good news bigtwin. Although it looks like a LOT of fish died, (and I did have to go look at the lake for myself!) the majority of the fish were bluegills, and anyone who fishes this lake knows that there is a high population of them in the lake! I wonder if they will consider stocking more or if enough made it through to restore the population.

There were quite a few nice bass that died and a fair amount of crappies as well. I know there was a good bass population and an ok crappie population. I didn't see any dead perch floating and maybe under 10 walleyes. I only saw 3 northerns walking the shoreline.

Hopefully enough fish made it and they consider stocking fish if needed. If anything the surviving fish might have a chance to get big with lower competition for a few years!

The lake had an aerator but with the heavy amounts of snow and the cold weather over long stretches the aerator couldn't keep up all winter. Fishing was really good into January, but by late Jan and early Feb you could see 100's of gills swim by a spot on camera, but you couldn't buy a bite. They all looked really lethargic like they were searching for something to get them going.

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St.James Watonwan Caught, Avg/Net, Length, Avg.Length

Black bullhead TN 41, 1.1, 10.2 - 15.4, 13.6

Black crappie TN 50, 1.4, 5.4 - 10.3, 8.8

Bluegill TN 91, 2.5, 7.5 - 8.0, 6.7

Largemouth bass TN 4, 0.1, 11.5 - 12.4, 12.1

Northern pike TN 15, 0.4, 15.2 - 35.2, 25.3

Walleye TN 112, 3.1, 8.0 - 24.7, 17.9

Yellow perch TN 562, 15.6, 4.2 - 11.3, 7.4

Figured I'd post it since it was a little tough to find.

LOTS OF PERCH now survived. Good Walleye numbers also!

St James Lake Winterkill Survey

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trappingaddiction

Looks like many perch survived, more than even the last survey! It looks like bluegill, northern, lm bass, are really down with catches along with walleyes look as if they are down quite a bit since the survey, but hopefully, since it wasnt a complete kill, it turns out good in a couple years! smile

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trappingaddiction

Also looks like the bullhead populations are pretty low, which is also good news!

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