Posted by CaptJim on July 26, 2018 at 16:52:41:
In Reply to: STRIPER CLUB CHALLENGE posted by Mark A on July 12, 2018 at 11:51:03:
Dissolved oxygen levels. Stripers can sense temperature differences very well, and instinctively move to colder water during summer months where oxygen levels are typically greater. They do not have the ability to sense oxygen content. If dissolved oxygen levels in the coldest, deepest water in the lake are insufficient to sustain them - fish kills occur, period. You can reduce the creel limit to zero if you want, but it will not increase their growth rate, nor will it increase the relative number of stripers in a large impoundment. The problem is NOT creel limits, it's the quality of the stripers' habitat. I was fishing at Big Oaks on Sept.7, 2014, the day of the first fish kill. For a year and a half following that day, I fished 50 more times (I keep detailed logs), catching a single 7-lb. striper. I wish everyone would identify and address the real problem. It's HABITAT, not fishing regulations.
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