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foj1981
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Member since Nov 2013
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Old river fishing question
Over the past couple of years the sac-a-Lait have been way off. Over the last few weeks I’m seeing these giant carp rolling up dead. I assume maybe a depleted oxygen thing. Never have seen them before.
Are these carp hurting the sac-a-lait numbers? Any other thoughts?
Thanks



gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
4837 posts

re: Old river fishing question
From what I've seen in shows concerning the invasive carp that are taking over many waterways, they are having an effect on native fish populations.

I'm sure you've seen shows where boats running down canals cause those carp to go airborne and they become flying missiles that can take out boaters. I'm amazed at the amount of fish that respond like that with often seeing 40+ fish out the water flying through the air.


johnnyrocket
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re: Old river fishing question
JB salters son who runs his business told me when they opened the Morganza locks they lost a lot of scaliat. He said the huge ones stay deep and they schooled up in that area.

I’m not a scientist and did not stay at a holiday inn. I cannot claim of dispute his explanation.


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cajuncarguy
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re: Old river fishing question
Carp in Old River?
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gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: Old river fishing question
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Carp in Old River?


That's what the OP claims he's seeing.


fishfighter
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re: Old river fishing question
Yes, they been thick for years.


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MrBobDobalina
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re: Old river fishing question
I would imagine the water levels being 25+ feet deeper for the extended periods we've seen the past few years could have an impact. Grandpa talk about water being high for 2-4 months back in the 70s/80s...its high 9+ months a year now.


fishfighter
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re: Old river fishing question
Yep, the last few years at spawn time the water level has been super high. One is still able to catch them, but not the real numbers. I have a few spots that will produce them in high water. And NO, y'all would have to find these areas.


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friday1728
Member since May 2014
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re: Old river fishing question
I don't know about whether they have affected the crappie numbers, but the Asian carp die off has been occurring yearly in many active oxbows. They don't seem to do well in the lakes like they do in the rivers and moving waters.


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