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    Very good but do not mix with alcohol.They react with it and cause stomach problems.Trust me on this one.

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    We catch piles of them here in the Cedar in Johnson county.Not sure about your area but I think they would be in the Des Moines.I have found that a small circle hook, a half a crawler, and a 2 ounce no roll sinker to be the best.They usually hook themselves on the run.Sandy bottoms are the best for me.Excellent eating smoked or fried.

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    They were moving this morning in the wind with it being cooler I would think they would also move this afternoon.

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    No but some people call oysters elephant ears.Oysters have a distinct gill structure running all the way down the stem.Elephant ears are a polypore I believe.They have small pores on the bottom side.The ones I have seen always looked woody and unappetizing.I imagine they are edible being a polypore but I think i would pass on them personally.

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    Found one in my garage last night.Well the wife found it and you would have thought she encountered an alligator.First one I have seen on the property in 15 years.When we first moved there they were all over.Not sure what happened to them all.

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    This time of year I catch a lot of them along the rip rap on the causeway on the south arm.There is good shore access and both sides can be productive.I have had my best luck near the bridge on the south end.I usually use a 1/8th ounce jig head and a minnow but if you have kids you can probably get away with a minnow under a slip bobber fished a few feet off the bottom.Most of my fish come within 20 ft of shore so you are dealing with about 8 feet of water or less.

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    Found one in the yard Thursday next to one of my oaks.Should be up in the woods as well.

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    Quote by: Oldcr

    I wonder if dry ice would have a similar effect. If I broke up a bunch of dry ice and dropped it down all the holes, theoretically the CO2 gas which is heavier than air will go down through the tunnels. Any thoughts?

    Never thought of that.Might be safer although I dont worry too much about my toxic gas mixture outside since it is not in a confined space and I dont stand over the hole and huff the fumes.I dont think I would want to mix up a batch in the bathtub and sit in the bathroom breathing it though.

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    I buy a gallon of ammonia and a gallon of bleach,stick a funnel in the tunnel,and pour a healthy dose of each down the tube.I immediately cover the hole with dirt and make sure not to breath any of the gas that forms.It will actually look like white smoke and you may see it filtering out of other tunnel openings.Moles destroy my yard every year but this seems to take care of them.Again DO NOT breath the resulting gas as it is very toxic.I have tried poison and traps with very little success in the past and this seems to get the job done in a hurry.

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    Quote by: speng5

    Didn’t someone catch a piranha in Cedar Lake there off the interstate a while back? I wonder if the warm water inflow makes parts of Cedar Lake livable for tropical fish.

    There were a several very large piranha caught from Cedar Lake.I saw the pictures when I worked at G.O.T. up the road.I dont think the warm water discharge is there anymore since the flood in 2008 which took out the power plant.If you drive by there now in the winter its not uncommon to see the whole lake froze up.

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    I recall seeing a picture of one caught below the [email protected] dam in Cedar Rapids about 6 years ago and if I remember it was bigger.Wouldnt think they could tolerate the cold weather in Iowa but who knows.

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    It is still really high.I have better luck when the levels are lower because it seems to concentrate the fish.Cut bait like bluegills and green sunfish were working well before the water came way up.Hard to beat shad if you can find them.

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    They are for-sure oysters? There is nothing else in Iowa they could be mistaken for?

    I am very confident at ID-ing morels, but that is the only wild fungi I have ever harvested.

    I don’t want to be responsible for you getting sick but Im 99% sure that is what they are.To be sure you should do a spore print.One distinctive feature is the gills running all the way down the stem.If you Google them you will find out all the particulars.Its always a good idea to eat only a small portion the first time you try a mushroom because even edibles can make some people ill.

    http://www.mushroomexpert.com/pleurotus_ostreatus.html

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    Quote by: ThomasCondor

    They are for-sure oysters? There is nothing else in Iowa they could be mistaken for?

    I am very confident at ID-ing morels, but that is the only wild fungi I have ever harvested.

    I don’t want to be responsible for you getting sick but Im 99% sure that is what they are.To be sure you should do a spore print.One distinctive feature is the gills running all the way down the stem.If you Google them you will find out all the particulars.Its always a good idea to eat only a small portion the first time you try a mushroom because even edibles can make some people ill.

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    Oysters.

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