Re: NANFA-L-- Creek Chubs?

Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- Creek Chubs?
Date: Wed Nov 24 2004 - 13:15:08 CST

Moon, seven miles is quite a distance. In a lot of small streams, if you search along a seven mile length, you would find pools, even when most of the streambed is dry. This is not the case with your stream? Creek chubs are among the most upstream inhabitants of many stream systems, resembling green sunfish in their ability to make do with the remnants of streamflow during droughts. But upstream movement is common to many minnows-in-spawning time.


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----- Original Message -----
Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2004 12:07 pm
Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- Creek Chubs?

> In a message dated 11/24/04 12:58:30 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> writes:
> > re: Moon's question about creek chub spawning runs heading
> upstream -- I
> > wouldn't call them spawning runs, but creek chub likely
> overwinter in deeper
> > water and move into shallow headwater streams -- usually in less
> than two feet
> > of water, in riffles, open runs or pools, or along the banks
> beneath
> > overhanging cover -- to spawn. This makes it easy for patient
> fishwatchers to watch
> > the chub's nest-building and spawning activities either from the
> bank or in
> > the water with a snorkel. (If you snorkel be prepared to get
> cold since
> > Semotilus begin spawning in early spring, often in water thatís
> as low as 54F.
> > Spawning in more northern populations may continue until as late
> as July.)
> >
> >
> I do know that the nearest permanent body of water almost seven
> miles away,
> maybe more and the stream they spawned in was completely dry most
> of the year.
> You could always say that spring was here when the creek cubs came
> up stream
> to spawn. How far from a permanent river would they have to go to
> call it a
> spawning run?
> Moon

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