Re: NANFA-- River Reef

R. W. Wolff (
Mon, 2 Jul 2001 09:14:27 -0500

Smallmouth bass, unlike largemouth, have been noted to pair, although only
the male gaurds the nest and fry, the same two fish will rejoin for hunting
strategies for the rest of the year until hibernation. Smallmouth hibernate
in dense schools, stacked up in columns in deep areas. The same two fish
though have been seen again together years after. These stories I have read
all have one common variable, they were large fish, and lived in large lakes
or rivers. Small fish and those in streams may act differently. Working
both sides of logs and rocks they flush crawfish to each other.
I have not paid enough attention in the wild, but many of the larger sunfish
in my ponds choose the same site every year. This may have more to do with
the suitableness of the area, since I have noticed this in aquariums as
well. Different sunfish that never seen the other sunfish nest, pick the
exact same spot in relation to how plants and cover are arranged.

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