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    Private Pond Owners Encouraged to Report Winter Fish Kills

    From the NEFGA.ORG News Release Forum:

    LINCOLN - Private pond owners are encouraged to report severe winter fish kills to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission following ice-out.

    Winter fish kills occur when oxygen levels fall too low to support fish under the ice. Ice prevents the direct absorption of oxygen from the atmosphere, so oxygen produced by plant photosynthesis is crucial. Oxygen levels drop because of plant decomposition and respiration by aquatic organisms. Shallow ponds with heavy vegetation are particularly susceptible.

    Once the ice is gone, pond owners should check their shorelines for dead fish and note the species, size and quantity. If hundreds of dead fish are observed, owners may call Jeff Blaser, Game and Parks' private waters specialist, at 402-471-5435, to discuss options for restoring the fish community.
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    For Bumpus.
    Report Fish/Game Violations:
    1-800-742-SNAP (7627)

    #2
    No dead fish at ice out at my little pond. :eusa_dance:

    One bullfrog and that was it, low water levels had me worried.

    Back in December I did find one 13-1/2" SMB dead floating under the ice, I suspect he choked on a golden shiner or RES that was just a little bit to big to eat.
    Sometimes it's fun to just sit back and watch the circus.....

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      #3
      GREAT NEWS, SHORTY!

      Although I do mourn the loss of the SMB. M_cry:

      I'm thimkin' suicide RES. Kicked outa the school for acting like a wimpy bluegill...

      Ha!
      Harold F.
      Report Fish/Game Violations:
      1-800-742-SNAP (7627)

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        #4
        A lot of snow would have been trouble with the low water levels this winter, my small pond was down almost 5ft at ice out. :wscared:

        One thing I did this winter was to shovel paths on my pond after each and every snow just to let light in.
        Sometimes it's fun to just sit back and watch the circus.....

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