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    Why so many paddlefish/spoonbill at LOTO?

    Is there a reason I have been seeing so many spoonbills jumping this summer. When I've been out for a cruise, I've consistently counted 6-8 'jumps' in less than 2 miles traveled. Some extremely close to the boat. One scared the shit out of me when it jumped 4 feet off my starboard while idling out from Millers Landing. It seems like a much higher rate than I've experienced in the past. What's the deal?
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    They always jump in the summer time, have smacked them with the boat and chopped one up with the prop. Nothing unusual out of them.

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    They are eating those Japanese Beetles
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakerat View Post
    They are eating those Japanese Beetles
    Makes sense, but they are filter feeders (they don't eat bugs).

    Lately I feel like I'm eating them too.
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    They will eat anything protien based that they can filter. The lake is chock full of baby shad hatchlings right now, and they will burst through large schools of them with their mouth agape.
    When the lake is calm/quiet at night you can hear them splashing around all over the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrench View Post
    They will eat anything protien based that they can filter. The lake is chock full of baby shad hatchlings right now, and they will burst through large schools of them with their mouth agape.
    When the lake is calm/quiet at night you can hear them splashing around all over the place.
    Maybe by accident they could potentially consume something larger, but they intend to only eat microscopic organisms (plankton, zooplankton & insect larvae). Otherwise people would fish for them with bait.
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    I guess whether they actually swallow them or not is up for debate, but they certainly detect schools of tiny baitfish as if they were clouds of plankton and they'll blast through them. Seen them doing it many times in clear water at TR, and up in the creeks around here.

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    I agree, we noticed more of them last weekend than we have seen in the past couple years. Something is a little different this year.

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    It's ok with me. Thank god the Asian carp aren't here. Been hit with them a couple times on the Illinois river

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    From what I have learned about Asian carp so far, I don't think they do well outside of a river or tailwater system. Thank Dog !

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrench View Post
    From what I have learned about Asian carp so far, I don't think they do well outside of a river or tailwater system. Thank Dog !
    Correct. After the dam was completed the paddlefish population plummeted. Since then the Dept. of Conservation stocks the lake with them.
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    I'm surprised there hasn't been a jet ski injury for an unlucky rider at some point.
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