Wildlife Seen: Three fish and large nest Studying ichthyology of Lodge Pond
I carried out a brief, personal ichthyological study of Lodge Pond at Swine Creek Reservation. First, I found a large potential fish breeding nest in the shallows — the algae was cleared away by a either a big Sunfish species or a Largemouth Bass in order to make a stone/gravel bed to deposit eggs. See attached photograph. By fly fishing with a small ant imitation, I wanted to see what type of Sunfish/Panfish species were in the pond. I caught one 4 1/2-inch Black Crappie and two 4-inch Red Ear Sunfish (Lepomis microlophus). See attached photo of the Red Ear Sunfish. All fish were identified to species and then returned to the pond unharmed.
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