Re: NANFA-- Some mid-winter seining

Roselawn Museum (
Fri, 01 Feb 2002 15:09:15 -0500

Hi Mark

I'm surprised that you found ANY open water up there in January! Are you
gonna' be able to come down and snorkel with us this year?

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

At 09:44 AM 1/27/02 -0600, you wrote:
>I got out on Friday and tried some mid-winter seining in the upper Ottertail
>River in Minnesota. There were a few Iowa Darters out and about and I saw a
>couple of chubs that I think were hornyheads. I took my 4X4 seine through a
>shallow mucky area kept open by springs and I came up with a nice sized
>Central Mudminnow. In the same area I got a some small cyprinids that I
>believe were Blacknosed Shiners. I also got one small Horneyhead chub.
>Other than that, there wasn't much activity in the river yet.
>Most years in February, perch and northern pike start coming into the river
>apparently from Height of Land Lake which is just a half mile or so
>upstream, but there was no sign of them now. Height of Land Lake is also
>very susceptible to winter kills as it is weedy and shallow and I've seen
>huge numbers of fish driven from the lake into the river during winters with
>a lot of snow cover. There isn't much snow this year though, so apparently
>they're all doing well in the lake.
>That's about all of the fish new hear this time of the year. Take care,
>Mark Otnes
>Fargo ND

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