Re: NANFA--Farthest and highest

R. W. Wolff (
Fri, 12 Mar 2004 11:52:15 -0600

I guess I should have been more specific. When I meant mudminnows ranging
further north I was speaking of centrals, Umbra limi.

I can see why the blackfish doesn't range further south, since it seems it
never sees water above the sixties. Not to mention the inland cold and ocean
prevents further spread of the specie in Alaska. I have not seen its range
in Asia. The vague map I had showed it to be very limited to just across the
Berring Strait. This fish looks abosalutly awesome, and its spawning method
being a bit different than the Umbras and Novumbra, that would be cool to
see. I read the blackfish spawns several spawns during the short open water
period. The first spawn is the year class, the next spawns are feeder fish
for the first.

Apparently during cold springs ( we have had several of them the past three)
central muds spawn similar. I have caught young of the year in late July
ranging from 3/4 inch to 1 and a half inch. Would seem these were different
spawns spread out a bit. I cannot be positive, but it seems I only see this
on years when winter just doesn't want to let go and spring is ruined, and
much of early summer. Hopefully I won't see that this year.

Ray W.
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