The suckers are running in the southern half of Michigan's lower peninsula, or rather, they are swimming into small feeder creeks and spawning.
|The first wave of spawning suckers hit the streams when the water temperature hits 9 degrees C or about 50 degrees F.|
|There is a little bit of art to reading the temperatures. This is a typical, Southern Michigan feeder creek and experiences wide day-night temperature swings.|
|This is an image of where the temperature readings are taken. Yup, it runs across an open field, unshaded by anything except passing clouds.|
|Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) is blooming.|
|Skunk Cabbage is about 1/4 emerged.|
|The Marsh-Marigold (Caltha palustris) are heavy with buds and the first few flowers are open.|
No, I did not catch any suckers. Most of the day was spent in Salamander's orchard. I am done pruning for this year (or as done as I am going to get) and need to hump the brush out of the orchard if I intend to mow it this spring and summer.