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Such a shame walleye, can poaching and a by catch from trawling have this much effect from 22k to 4k in 5years? Has that many FEBs populated the river in that time? Has spawning time every year coincided with a massive flood every year in that time? Crazy how its down 3/4 in that time.LGraydon is on the right lines....a lot of these things affecting stocks have gone on for at least the last decade, even longer.
I remember a huge flash flood in 1987 that massively changed the river but didn't lead to big declines.
I can't find the thread just now but anyone interested in why numbers have collapsed should search the forum for a recent thread with a paper from a group who do a lot of good research (CWGA??) about why there has been a crash in numbers of parr around the country.
Anyway, any excuse for the EA to fiddle while Rome burns so I'm expecting them to introduce CCR this upcoming close season, based on the counter numbers alone, even though it will make not one iota of a difference because there is zero evidence that CCR has ever led to a stock recovery.