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This past weekend
February 6, 2012
11:27 pm
maashkinoozhe
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I was out at Marsh Creek walking my dog this past weekend and saw 5 musky swimming (at different locations on the lake) with their heads out of the water and they seem to be porpoising. Why do musky do this? I have never witnessed this before in any other species of fish. Is the porpoising done to find the warmer water at the surface?

February 7, 2012
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I've seen tigers do that. Not sure why but it's pretty cool to see

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February 7, 2012
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Some say stress some say oxygen . Some say digesting . Ive seen it alot and never saw a pure but heard they have doneit . I caught a tiger from shore and had a real hard time with him she didnt release well then I saw her doing that I had to stop 2 different boaters from netting her

February 7, 2012
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maashkinoozhe
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Oxygen may be accurate due to the fact that the lake was drawn down ALOT. I was amazed at how low it was. Thanks for the incite.

February 8, 2012
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I've seen it at Mercer. Couldn't believe it.

February 8, 2012
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Art same day

February 8, 2012
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How many of our babies were sucked down into the Brandywine with this draw down?

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February 8, 2012
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Its a shame. I am sure some are in the Brandywine

February 9, 2012
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I walked the brandywine from the trestle up to the spillway and back again last Fri. and didnt see a fish. Water was crystle clear and no sign of muskies. I expected to see some. Weird

February 9, 2012
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I think the fish in the Brandywine very likely maybe due to spawning, not drawdown. Fish leave the lake to spawn and head back when they are done. Reservoirs in the midwest see the same thing every year.

February 9, 2012
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River_Muskies wrote:
I think the fish in the Brandywine very likely maybe due to spawning, not drawdown. Fish leave the lake to spawn and head back when they are done. Reservoirs in the midwest see the same thing every year.

Greg, when I didnt see a single fish last Friday I remembered your theory from last year. I think you're right. Could the reason the # of fish in the creek were so prevalent last year be becuse so many fish stocked 5-6 years ago reached spawning size? We didnt find any small fish on the rescues did we? If fish suddenly show up in the Brandywine in March/April again we'll know for sure.

February 9, 2012
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The theory on the spawning makes sense but once they are out of the lake and down the Brandywine, their only chance of survival would be our rescue efforts or making it down to the Schuylkill (I believe that's what creek dumps into). They certainly aren't making it back up to the lake any other way.

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February 9, 2012
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We saw very few little fish. maybe 5 or 6 under 24". We just need some members to keep an eye on the brandywine leading up to the spawn so as soon as they show up we can start our "MUSKIE REVIVAL 2".

ITS NOT THE SIZE OF YOUR BOAT
ITS THE SIZE OF WHATS ON YOUR BUMPBOARD!
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February 9, 2012
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DL wrote:
The theory on the spawning makes sense but once they are out of the lake and down the Brandywine, their only chance of survival would be our rescue efforts or making it down to the Schuylkill (I believe that's what creek dumps into). They certainly aren't making it back up to the lake any other way.

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It actually flows to the Delaware River right thru the city of Wilmington. There are many dams, low water stretches, etc... along the way to block them. Some find some deep holes along the way but I'm afraid many die down stream in warmer water pockets in July/August. Who wants to fish the mouth of the Brandywine River where it dumps into the Delaware River right in the heart of Wilmington? I might... :-

February 9, 2012
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mabey we can make a temp fence to prevent the fish from leaving lake . i always wonder why the fish we caught were all big

February 11, 2012
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mike just where camo and a flack jacket! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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