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Is the damage already done?
This is probably the worst fishing season I can remember, fresh and saltwater. I think the most damage has been done in regards to our local lakes and rivers.

I know the Little Pee Dee hit record lows this year, and still remains way down on the flood table. I've never seen the river so low, and it's just now getting back up to a level that is managable. With the low water, the fish just haven't been there. I know fish like Flatheads that migrate have been affected dramatically. I just wonder how long it will take before the fishing is back to normal? How long before the larger fish die off and all that is left are smaller, weaker fish that don't have the size to survive long enough to produce young?

I know i've fished the LPD river my whole life, and i've never seen it like this. I have a hole close to the landing i put in at that has always produced large flatheads every single trip, but I didn't even catch a flathead this past season. Is this a sign of things to come?

I just wonder is this the story all over SC. I wonder if it's time for the DNR to take a serious look at our freshwater fisheries.



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Re: [Tarpon4me] Is the damage already done? In reply to
I think its the whole southeast. Everythings dried up Lake Laniers just a shadow of its former self. Its hard to find a boat ramp still open on the lake.

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Re: [mattscru] Is the damage already done? In reply to
Well, as much as I hate to say it, maybe this summer won't be quite as dry as last year. I know if more rain pops up, that will increase my chances of not being able to hit the water, but i'd rather miss a few fishing trips than the water get too low and cause problems with the ecosystem.

By the way, good to see you back on the boards. It's been a while. I hope you've got everything worked out OK. I'm not able to get on the boards as much as I use to, but atleast i'm able to get on the boards.



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