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trabuko
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7/28/15 9:02 PM CST
Yes Cormorants are a big problem (or they can be) if population of those birds get out of control, as a matter of fact small school of those large birds can DESTROY fish population in a few months and they can swallow a fish size of 2 lb with ease, by the way each bird consumes about 5 to 10 lb of fish each day depending on a size of the bird, so yes they can be a problem but I don't think fox chain came to that point yet, but there is concern because everywhere you go around the lakes in Illinois you can see at least couple of those birds.

ravaneli
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7/28/15 12:26 PM CST
I don't like cormorans, give me license and I will shoot them all out of there. Definitely not one of those fanatic bird lovers. BUT. This explanation is not logically sound to me. If you had a lot of big drum last year, and this year you have only small drum, how can that be attributed to the birds? I don't think they can take on a drum even half a pound. If you told me the big drum disapeared in a period of 10 years because the cormoran ate all its food, alrite, you can make some kind of discussion there. But big drum will not all starve in year, and all reports for bluegills have been great. Bluegill population is MUCH more susceptible to decline due to birds, than the big drum. So the cormoran explanation doesn't make any sense to me, I think you can shoot them all out of there and it wouldn't make a difference, not if the little bluegill are thriving already..

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jnelson87
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7/28/15 12:17 PM CST
I have been fishing the chain since 78.I too have noticed the commorant problem. I don't think they will do anything about it.On leach lake they had to do something about.It would have turned Walker MN and that whole area in to a ghost town.Now on the chain what percentage do fishermen use the water compared to pleasure boaters.Chain is a great place to fish.I just hope in the future it doesn't get destroyed by those birds,over harvesting and funds from the state.

Ice Chopper
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7/27/15 6:41 AM CST
Frank from the DNR called me last Friday and said his group just completed a fish count on the Chain and the numbers look good. Muskies are better than ever, walleyes good with the largest over 12 pounds and many 10 pounders. However, he could not really explain the lack of big drum, big stripers and big crappies. He said bluegill counts are very good. We talked about VHS and other bacteriological diseases. He suggested I might just be a bad fisherman. (Just kidding). I was pleased that he took the time to call after reading my e-mail to him. Good to see my tax dollars at work. Tight lines fellas ! IC

CHRIS TAURISANO
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7/26/15 9:25 AM CST
Duffle bag, I've noticed that too and had some concerns. Tho I will say, it would take a lot of birds to eat the millions of big schools of big white bass we have had over the years out here. I certainly don't like the fact that they showed up tho. I'm still trying to reach DNR so I can get some solid answers.

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7/24/15 9:12 PM CST
Chris, could part of the problem be the dramatic increase in the number of cormorants on the Fox Chain? I have seen huge numbers of cormorants the past few years. Lake vermilion and leech lake in Minnesota had huge problems with cormorants killing perch and other forage fish. Some of the descriptions and photos from vermilion and leech sure look like the island by Indian Point of Fox Lake that is taken over by Cormorants. Just like everyone else discussing the lack of fish this year I remembered reading about vermilion and wondered if we are seeing a similar problem. Here is an article on Lake vermilion and another on leech.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/22/environment/dnr-to-cut-cormorant-population-on-lake-vermilion

http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/27_hemphills_cormorants/ Worried

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CHRIS TAURISANO
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7/22/15 9:00 PM CST
Thanks fellas, I will definitely mention it too him. Thanks for the input. I feel like everyone needs to work together to keep this fishery healthy and enjoyable for all of us. I'll keep you posted on the info he gives me.

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7/21/15 11:57 AM CST
Chris, I'm no Ichthyologist, but I wonder if this could have a bearing on the Walleye fishing. Possible VHS? Got about 10 walleyes all around the 24 inch range with these red sores. May want to show this to the DNR if you see him

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Ice Chopper
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7/21/15 11:23 AM CST
Thanks for the info Chris. Your input is always worth reading. IC

CHRIS TAURISANO
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7/20/15 7:20 PM CST
Ice chopper, I think most are noticing the same thing as you mentioned. I personally have not found big schools(50-100) of white bass in the 12"-14" range. Most are small. Typically when you find the big sheeps, the walleyes are close by. I haven't seen those giant sheeps in any numbers this year. Typically in May and June and into early July, I can average 20-30 eyes a day and have some days where we can do much better. That was not the case this year for me. A lot of days I had to run around the whole chain to put numbers together on a consistent basis. Not really sure what is going on with the multi species fishing this year out here. We've had some good days but not a bunch of great days like in the years past. A lot of people have said the same thing. I'll ask the local biologist and see if he has any answers

Ice Chopper
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7/20/15 3:08 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Fished on Lake Marie Saturday morning. No movement, stale and still in the early hour or so. Then that front moved through and the winds picked up. So did the fishing. Plenty of medium sheep, cats and gils. Small crawler pieces and small minnows on small multi-colored jigs with a plastic tail. Drifted through 4-9 fow. Something is different about Marie this year. Was there a large winter kill? No huge sheep, no huge cats and where did the stripers go? Very perplexing. Tight lines ! IC

electricfb
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7/19/15 10:26 AM CST
hi tbone its not hot enough only to days worth lol keep in touch

CHRIS TAURISANO
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7/19/15 7:01 AM CST
Ole toothy...Top waters and Blades have been deadly

CHRIS TAURISANO
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7/19/15 6:58 AM CST
Muskies...

litefinger
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7/16/15 3:01 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 76° - 80º F
Took my causin out to lake marie today and caught his first walley(always cool the first time). Was trolling yellow and perch shadraps in 6-10 fow. One over 21" and one just under 14" Beatiful morning. Also caught a 23" eye and 24" cat on Tuesday When the winds picked up. Big Smile

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