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River Smallmouth Movement Study

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Hey guys,

This is a study done by the DNR on the Mississippi River in Minnesota. Pretty long but really interesting if you need something to pass the time.


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Recently the cconservation dept. in our state has tagged some smallies in streams and some of the tagged fish have been caught 30-50 miles away. We have no dams on some of our streams. The old rule of thumb that in the Ozarks, the smallies don't travel far seems to now be in question. We have had some mighty hig flood waters the last 4 years and I have found some miles of streams empty of smallies and other locations are teeming with bass. To me floods do really move the fish around.

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That was the most interesting part to me. I always had that belief that bass, whether it be smallies or largemouth, wouldn't move far throughout the year. Especially not 10-20 or even 30-50 miles as in the study you reference.

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