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#2939644 - 09/11/12 02:16 PM Fish kill on Cherokee lake
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Anybody else been on Cherokee lately? I was on the lower end over the wknd and couldnt believe the damage. Rockfish and Hybrids literally laying all along the banks and floating numerously from pt 4 down. I also found about a dozen Walleye that I could identify, as well as a handful of Smallmouth and a few Largemouth.
I know there was a small sewage spill there previously but this seems to be an Oxygen problem. Im also being told by a local Biologist that only 5 to 7% of the fish that die actually float to the surface. If this is true, Cherokee has lost thousands of fish!! I also talked with a local Wildlife officer and he was trying to find more info on it. Interestingly the only write up I have found was from a chattanooga paper?? Long way from Bean Station!!

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#2939675 - 09/11/12 02:35 PM Re: Fish kill on Cherokee lake [Re: Winchester]
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wonder what is causing it,supposed to be a problem a Dale Hollow too,at least it has been a topic on http://www.smalljaw.com
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#2939722 - 09/11/12 03:14 PM Re: Fish kill on Cherokee lake [Re: Football Hunter]
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that sucks, hope Dale Hollow is ok too.... as far as a sewage spill goes, I have heard from several people over the years that some time before I started fishing the Harpeth River, there was a sewage spill that caused a huge algae bloom which destroyed the DO levels in the water and caused a huge fish kill. I don't know how that could happen to a large area of an impoundment unless it was a much bigger scale spill, but who knows. I hope they find the cause and the fish population makes a good comeback.
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#2939892 - 09/11/12 06:09 PM Re: Fish kill on Cherokee lake [Re: catman529]
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I had a pond turn over at a friend's house. We were trying to do it right and not fish it for 3 years after we stocked it....man we were pissed
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#2940298 - 09/11/12 10:27 PM Re: Fish kill on Cherokee lake [Re: Inkstainz]
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It's the DO level at Cherokee. Hope it gets the majority of the rockfish and hybrids. It happens every year about this time.
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#2942162 - 09/13/12 01:29 PM Re: Fish kill on Cherokee lake [Re: SilverFox]
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 Originally Posted By: SilverFox
It's the DO level at Cherokee. Hope it gets the majority of the rockfish and hybrids. It happens every year about this time.

Right, but its getting Walleye and Bass as well!

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#2942313 - 09/13/12 03:27 PM Re: Fish kill on Cherokee lake [Re: Winchester]
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My buddy had a kill at their lake this year and lost over 10,000 fish including some wall hangers during the heaviest part of the drought. The dang thing about it was they have a spring feeding in and several active aerators and it still wasn't enough. sucks....
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#2942320 - 09/13/12 03:33 PM Re: Fish kill on Cherokee lake [Re: Deck78]
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Dang. I'll be there Sunday. I have a tourney there the end of the month. I'll try to get some pictures.
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#2943449 - 09/14/12 12:51 PM Re: Fish kill on Cherokee lake [Re: SilverFox]
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I too plan to fish Cherookee on Sun. I have a 2 day classic there next wknd! Im going to fish the mid lake area this wknd however.
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#2943566 - 09/14/12 03:54 PM Re: Fish kill on Cherokee lake [Re: Winchester]
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Sent you a PM Winchester
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