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SUBJECT: Latest info on Jordan Lake striper kill

Submitted by Sniper (24.163.127.220) from NORTH CAROLINA on

The is the most up-to-date information as reported by District Biologist, Corey Oakley.


Hello all,


Beginning in late July into the 1st 2 weeks of August we began to see stripers floating mainly in the main basin (S of US 64) all the way to Robeson Creek (Haw River). We visually counted ~5300 dead fish over a two week period of time. The actual number of dead fish is probably about 7000 fish (30% increase) based on other fish kills and counts that we have done in the past. This years culprit was high water temperatures. The water temperature from surface to about 20 ft in depth was >29 C (84 F). We actually had some readings during the height of the kill of 34 C (92 F) at depths of about 2-3 ft. This is extremely warm for stripers and is even high for Jordan Lake standards. The bottom line is that stripers were basically starving to death. They could not eat enough to overcome the metabolic demands of the high water temp. Actually when water temp is that high they don't feel like eating and die quicker. The water temp was high at least since mid June and lasted for well over a month. This is extremely stresssful on stripers. Time will tell what effect it will have on the striper population. Often times a thinning of the herd will allow the fish left behind to grow faster but hot summers will impede these guys from getting large. We can only pray for cooler summers and more rain. The kill has subsided but could come back again if the water temps rise again. The fish are already stressed and struggling and it won't take much to put them over the edge again. Please report any signs of a fish kill to our office immediately or call me directly.


Thanks,


Corey Oakley





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