Mike Clifford Posted April 27, 2010 Report Share Posted April 27, 2010 Saw this brought up in another thread, and didn't want to hijack it, so I figured we can discuss it in a new one. What are your thoughts on the current state of smallmouth populations in IL rivers and streams? We already know that education and regulations can and do work toward preserving the species, and we have worked hard towards that goal. If they are on the decline, however...... The usual answer we hear in regards to any species is "loss and degradation of habitat". OK. More people, more housing, more infrastructure= more non-point source pollution. Agriculture is of course a contributor, and always has been. Point-source pollution is supposed to have been curtailed and regulated much better since 1973 and the Clean Water Act. Fish kills. All the education and regulation efforts geared towards watershed usergroups in a specific region are pretty much swept away if one such event takes out a couple hundred thousand fish and we have to start from scratch to rebuild an entire fishery. Nature will heal in these instances, but it can take decades. Record floods and near-record floods. Are these on the rise? Certainly, they wipe out entire year classes and are devastating to successful spawns. Your thoughts? Anyone find any hard data to support where the smallmouth populations are today, and where they are headed? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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