Merry Christmas Kurt! And I certainly don't expect a answer today or even this week. Maybe some of the other pros will chime in!
We fished Christmas eve on Keystone for blues and did not even get a bite! There were birds and shad in many places on the Arkansas arm and the Cimmaron arm. The birds looked like they were getting shad and I did not see any fish stunning or killing them. So would it be reasonable to say to my friends or my wife (she does not like it when I can't get here on some willing fish) "I can't compete with all those lethargic dying shad
". I certainly do not have a whole lot of experience with CF and they may just simply have not been bitiing during the few hrs we were on the lake.
When I caught some bait at least two weeks ago the temp was 40.5 and a lot were floating in my tank that was only a little warmer. When I got them home in my garage tank at 48 degrees about a third of them died over the next three days, in optimum temps I usually only loose a few.
Then I went back out at the end of that warm spell on the 18th and the water had warmed up 2 degrees with similar results.
Then again yesterday I grabbed about 200 with similar results as the previous two trips so far.
Is there a estimate of the total biomass of all those shad compared to all fish? I have not been on the water much in cold weather to witness a shad kill. Seeing so many on the screen makes me think there would be way more than the fish and birds can eat and the whole lake is gonna look like shad soup soon!
Just one more question
This year I have caught way more threads than gizzards. Did the threads squeeze out the gizzards with the warm winter last year?
Thanks Kurt or anyone that has any info!