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Sheephead--Freshwater drum--Where do they go? (October 06, 2005)

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Fred Snyder, Ohio Sea Grant Extension:
Paul & Jerry,

Regarding the whereabouts of drum in winter - many species go to deeper water and reduce their activity during winter, and this appears to include drum. For comparison, consider smallmouth - they move offshore of their summertime rocky habitats in winter and are virtually never caught by ice fishermen.

Likewise the nonnative gobies are persistent bait stealers on the reefs all summer, but in cold weather move offshore and reduce their activity. This behavior in gobies is a real boon to spawning walleyes.


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