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Mosquito Lagoon Water Clarity

What is the current water clarity like the past few days here?  I know the rise in water temps have clouded the water somewhat in the south IRL. Water levels are also low in the south.   Thanks

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  • dakotadunmire5dakotadunmire5 Posts: 2 Greenhorn
    Went out today... looking like chocolate milk. Costas can still see the pockets but clarity is very poor. Was fishing down by the whales tale and bio lab. 
  • tunamantunaman Posts: 3,767 Captain
    Such a shame. Used to be when it cools down the water clears. This is one reason I haven't fished in 3 yrs, really miss it.
  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 10,438 AG
    5 years for me.
    Can't believe what this state has become, though I realize it's only the continuance of what the folks that came before me have described.
    I have never seen live bones, but I know that they are often used by rich people to decorate the interior.
  • tijeretatijereta Posts: 231 Deckhand
    It has been over 6 years for me, used to go 3-4 times a month. Beautiful place and unique in its own way.
  • ArsinekArsinek Posts: 64 Greenhorn
    Is the fishing in Mosquito lagoon no good anymore?
  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 10,438 AG
    Reports are that it is still good.
    For me, part of the enjoyment was the crystal clear water, expansive grass beds and sighting fish that weren't tailing/pushing water.  
    I have never seen live bones, but I know that they are often used by rich people to decorate the interior.
  • HUNTINTHEWILDHUNTINTHEWILD Posts: 332 Deckhand
    There are pockets of fish.  If you put the time in you can find them.  Nothing like it used to be.  IMO and if I didn’t already own a boat I would do it.  Hire a guide and pick your days.  Best bang for your buck.  They are on the water a lot and know where these pockets are.
  • ArsinekArsinek Posts: 64 Greenhorn
    Are there any signs that something major will be done to save the habitat?
  • FlecFlec Posts: 705 Officer
    Without any development along it shorelines, what is causing the problem with the water?  Could this be just a natural occurance that happens? I noticed last week that the water in the south IRL had turned a brownish color from a week earlier. I hope that it is not the start of something like happened last year at this time. That lasted for about 4 weeks and then cleared up quickly.
  • gatorhookgatorhook Posts: 657 Officer
    It's SpaceX/Nasa and the rocket pad developments/upgrades. It's not going to get any better. We asked for it, gotta have those JOBS!
  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 10,438 AG
    From my perspective it turned brown about 5 years ago and has stayed that way ever since.  

    Fertilizers, leaky septic tanks and sewer pipes, air pollution and decades of organic muck buildup on the lagoon bottom contribute over time. 5 yrs ago we reached the tipping point. It's not something that just happened in 2012 or so, that's just when it hit the tipping point.
    I have never seen live bones, but I know that they are often used by rich people to decorate the interior.
  • FlecFlec Posts: 705 Officer
    To my recollection there are no buildings or commercial construction along the shores of ML. except for maybe the extreme northern end close to Oak Hill. The waters in the IRL around Sebastian to Vero have gone south a few times but seem to clear up mostly. I have seen ML clear as recently as 13 months ago, although most of the grass was gone.
  • WeBeBoatinWeBeBoatin Posts: 25 Greenhorn
    Was clean in November and early December not since though.  Happened to be cold then too.  Some cold is coming I guess we'll see. 
  • FishseekerFishseeker Posts: 83 Deckhand
    Flex has a great point.  I’ve been focused on the “usual suspects” fertilizer, leaky sewerage etc., but water clarity in stretches of the lagoon with no development are all similarly impacted.  Yesterday I paddled A LONG WAY north  in the NMZ of the Banana River.  Federal lands on both sides, virgin shoreline on west side, no change in facilities that would impact water quality , on east side.  Essentially “no change” over past several decades yet visibility is at ~ 5-7 inches.  Could it be as simple, and as crushing, as a rise in average water temp?
  • Net 30Net 30 Posts: 1,031 Officer
    edited January 2019 #16
    It's way past the point where all of the Mosquito Lagoon should be catch and release.  

    Go by JBs Fish Camp any day of the week and watch the Guides filet the Redfish for the tourists.

    Waaaaay too many Reds killed each day/week/month/year to sustain a healthy fishery.
  • RockslamRockslam Posts: 89 Greenhorn
    Net 30 said:
    It's way past the point where all of the Mosquito Lagoon should be catch and release.  

    Go by JBs Fish Camp any day of the week and watch the Guides filet the Redfish for the tourists.

    Waaaaay too many Reds killed each day/week/month/year to sustain a healthy fishery.

    If that was the case, how could these guides still be continuing to filet so many redfish each day/week/month/year?
  • Net 30Net 30 Posts: 1,031 Officer
    Rockslam said:
    Net 30 said:
    It's way past the point where all of the Mosquito Lagoon should be catch and release.  

    Go by JBs Fish Camp any day of the week and watch the Guides filet the Redfish for the tourists.

    Waaaaay too many Reds killed each day/week/month/year to sustain a healthy fishery.

    If that was the case, how could these guides still be continuing to filet so many redfish each day/week/month/year?
    It's real simple......they can't.  

    When you combine the loss of habitat, the low numbers of fish left and the number of fish they continue to take - the future looks real bad, real bad.
  • mcacorsemcacorse Posts: 31 Greenhorn
    Its the brown algae it has killed off most if not all of the sea grass, it is mostly sandy areas now. With no place for the bait fish , shrimp and crabs to flourish in the grass the fish are gone because there is no food source. Sad very sad
  • Rich MRich M Posts: 1,326 Officer
    I'd rather see the fishing shut down for a couple of years as opposed to going C&R.  Punish everyone or punish no-one.

    I was trying to figure out where all the fish went - figure they died.
  • bostonsox2904bostonsox2904 Posts: 129 Deckhand
    I would say go and check it out. You have sections of the lagoon that are cloudy and other sections that are crystal clear. I've found both in the past 2 weeks.
  • RedzmanRedzman Posts: 22 Greenhorn
    I am not sure where others have been fishing, but anything north of marker 15 has been gin clear.  I haven't gone south, but the north is crystal clear where i've been fishing.
  • ArsinekArsinek Posts: 64 Greenhorn
    Yep, catch and release only until things get better. And stop all the construction and crap dumping into the water.
  • zamogzamog Posts: 302 Deckhand
    used to fish lagoon at least 1x a week. have not been in a year or so. we go to lagoon we just run up to jb's for some oysters and scallop basket. see friends we have known for years. miss launching at lefils
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 20,928 AG
    zamog said:
    used to fish lagoon at least 1x a week. have not been in a year or so. we go to lagoon we just run up to jb's for some oysters and scallop basket. see friends we have known for years. miss launching at lefils
    Lots of guys from that old forum have drifted away from fishing.... 
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
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