Bluebacks in Nantahala Lake?
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    Default Bluebacks in Nantahala Lake?

    Word is blueback herring are now in Nantahala Lake.

    They are already in Fontana Lake in significant numbers.
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    It would not surprise me. The kokanee salmon I caught last year notably smaller and fewer than previous years. I have marked large concentrations of bait balls in the lake as well. If this is true the collapse of the kokanee fishery is very likely. Trout fishing should improve though. Bluebacks compete directly with the kokanee for food.(plankton).
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    I do believe they compete for food.

    I hope its not true

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    I did some research and found some more discouraging news about bluebacks. When established the blueback herring is almost impossible to eliminate in a deep lake like Nantahala. The blueback spawn in the mid to upper 70 degrees. The surface temperatures of Nantahala easily reach those temperatures in the warmer months(unlike Cheoah or Calderwood who's surface temperatures are in the 60's in the warmer months). When the bluebacks reach 6 to 7 inches they begin to eat the fry of native fish. The blueback can reach up to 16 inches in size. The NCWC is aware of the problem.
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