I remember counting just shy of 50 boats in Black Bay around Memorial Day last weekend. It's more than I've ever seen even at Fishing Opener when the spawn is timed perfectly.
What I love about Black Bay is that once the walleye and crappie runs finish up in the spring, the fishing pressure calms way down.
Brag Alert***: Got a PB white sucker. With tail pinched it was just at 26 inches.
1.) This Fish is almost certainly a post spawn female (she was pretty flattened out in the egg section). probably 20-30 years old (maybe more).
2.) A big fish drops ~10,000 eggs per spawn (give or take 5000). With that said, this lovely lady has probably (through her babies) directly provided >200,000 fish meals for the predatory fish (and birds) in the river.
3.) Many of her offspring will have grown up to spawn and continue the process; If a mere 5 of her babies grew to spawn for 20 years then Statistically >1 million baby suckers will have come from her to feed the game fish in the Mississippi river!
However, playing the statistics/numbers game: if ~0.1% of her babies grow to spawn and their babies (with a similar 0.1% chance) grow to spawn, you are looking at 100 million baby suckers descended from this one fish!
Next time you catch a nice plump Smallie or Wally in the river, realize that they grow and thrive because of "grocery getters" like this.
Preachy Alert***--Too many "fisherman" think these are trash fish and fail to recognize their critical role in a healthy fishery... NEVER throw these on the shore! (notwithstanding the fact that it's also illegal...)
Ya, not much you can do about it. Still enough lake to get away from most of the crowds. My son and buddies will be all weekend, we'll be following each other around. They're were about 12 boats in Black Bay last night and didn't have to play bumper boats.