Anyone else see the dead wiper floating in cherry creek today? I saw at least 40 between 6-12" most of them were still kicking around too so they were dying today. What would be causing them to die and not crappie and walleye?
that's what I was going to guess (if I'm guessing what you're guessing) ... I bet those fish are freshly planted and some aren't going to make it. the cold water shock (or whatever the reason) is getting to a few of them. hopefully they'll recover, or hopefully represent a small fraction of the total number of planted fish.
My guess is they were recently stocked and the stress killed them. My local pond had a bunch of dead Wiper the same size several years ago from stocking stress. I called the DOW about the dead fish and thought it was due to construction runoff.
I can't imagine them stocking them much smaller than the one in my picture, they must have been recently stocked then. Hopefully like stated above, the dead ones represent a small portion of what was actually put in
Pretty sure that wipers and walleyes are usually stocked at super small sizes, like a quarter inch. Otherwise they start cannibalizing each other while being reared. This could have been an exception though.