One Cold Magnolia

The snow came again today. Another below average temp day in the Upper Mid-West. The deer continue to munch the landscape shrubs in my yard. They are starting to piss me off. I caught them trying to munch this magnolia. I will protect this one like a Mama protects her baby. The buds are swelling and soon they will be the first spring flowers to appear in my yard.

Talked with Marty Engel, DNR Senior Fisheries Biologist today. The DNR considers this event a serious fish kill. The Kill took place in an area of the river with low trout density(100-200 trout per mile). This does not make the event any less important. Preliminary interpretations of the kill seem to indicate that the source of the kill was of a single pulse into the river causing wide spread death to everything in an area above CO RD Y in Centerville near the headwaters of the Rush River. Down stream from that point additional ground water entering the system helped dilute the pulse and negate the deadly effects. The waters 3/4 of a mile below The CO. RD. Y bridge and below showed signs of live trout, suckers and other aquatic life. It appears at this time, the prime sections of the river holding trout densities of 4000-5000 trout per mile were not affected. Anglers have reported excellent fishing in these sections with Olives and midges hatching on overcast days with good feeding activity. Nymphing with stone fly, and small mayfly nymph imitations has also been productive. Leads on the cause of the fish kill are being followed up by Area Conservation Warden Brad Peterson. I will keep you in the loop.