White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas is a wonderful example of biodiversity in the midst of urban sprawl. The objective of this blog is to promote White Rock Lake as a destination, to capture the essence and beauty of the lake, and to portray it as the living, breathing organism that it is.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Fish Start Spawning at White Rock Lake
Thursday, March 21, 2012
It is the day after the torrents of rain
and the flooding of White Rock Lake.
It’s almost as though someone has
blown a whistle as a signal for the carp to start spawning. It would appear
that conditions are just right for the amorous carp because Dixon Branch Creek,
flowing into Sunset Bay, has become a boiling cauldron of huge fish churning up
the shallow water with their “love-making” ritual.
Spawning carp in Dixon Branch Creek, flowing into Sunset Bay.
This time of year, the male carp
follow the female carp in anticipation of the “big event.” Before spawning
takes place, conditions need to be perfect. The biological boiling point of marsh water is about 60
degree F, and when this temperature is reached, the carp begin their spawning
activity, churning up the water in the process.Clusters of carp continually breached the water, making loud splashing
sounds as they did so.
The females were
releasing their eggs along the sides of the inlet, amongst the submerged water
plants, and the eggs were fertilized by the ever present male carp in the
Clusters of carp continually breached the water, making loud splashing sounds as they did so.
A female carp can lay
from 100,000 to over one million eggs, depending on her age and size. The
fertilized eggs attach themselves to the leaf of the plants in the water, and
they will hatch 4 to 5 days later.
A couple of fishermen
had their lines in the water and were amazed that the carp swimming by them
paid no attention to their lines. They obviously did not know that spawning
carp will not feed.
Lake is an angler’s paradise, containing 19 different types of fish, the most
popular being bass, crappie, and catfish.