Low water trout predation

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Eperous
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Low water trout predation

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I've been whining about low water flows in regional trout streams now for bit... :( :oops: Well, Monday I fished some low, clear, cold water still open to angling... I caught several fish, in good shape, EXCEPT three had scars on their bodies, I assume from predation, maybe from birds and/or other natural enemies...

I had two rainbows about 9" that wore battle scars... one is below, note wounds above pelvic fin and behind dorsal fin...
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Here's a slightly larger, maybe 11" brown, with similar battle scars below/in front of dorsal fin, plus check out the tail...
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Here's closer look at the tail, with a chunk missing...
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It's been, and continues to be a tough year for our wild Catskill trout... :cry: :cry: :cry:

We need rain madly, I've heard of a couple wells in the Woodstock area that went dry...

Ed

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BillA
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Re: Low water trout predation

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The reservoir in Phoenicia is low enough that folks are asked to boil their water. Trying times.

stokes
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Re: Low water trout predation

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Its bad,a couple of homes and businesses here have lost contact with the ground water in my area,in Copake.Bash-Bish Creek has been bone dry here in town since August and a couple ponds have gone dry.Supposed to get rain today,fingers crossed.

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