Since most of the nearby streams don't harbor many large fish, it's either fish for the little guys or don't go fishing. Targeting the little guys also ties into birding...the desire to catch as many species of fish on hook-and-line as possible. To date, I've managed to catch 35 species of fish on hook-and-line (34 freshwater, 1 saltwater), with 4 of those coming within the past month.
An early June trip to Gans Creek, Boone Co., Rock Bridge State Park yielded a Common Shiner and Creek Chub. There were several Blackstripe Topminnows that were interested in the bait (worm on size 22 hooks), but wouldn't bite.
|One of the prettier Orangethroat Darters we seined.|
|A pair of Rainbow Darters we seined. They both came home to one of my aquariums.|
|Another seined Rainbow Darter.|
|This Northern Studfish was a surprise in the seine net. We tried to catch them on a hook for 15 minutes, but they weren't interested.|
|Seined Fantail Darter.|
|Seined Slender Madtom. I was thrilled to seine my first madtoms on this trip. We found ~20-30 of these guys.|
|We seined this Green Frog (?) tadpole.|
|Typical seine haul.|
|A seined Central/Largescale Stoneroller. We were out of time when we seined this fish, so it wasn't properly identified.|
Grindstone Creek, Boone Co. runs behind our home, so I try to sneak down there now and then. It was completely dry for most of 2012 (thanks to the drought), so most of the fish there this year are pretty small. Still, it yielded a lifer Bluntnose Minnow and a few other species!
|A 47mm Largemouth Bass on a tanago hook tipped with power worm.|
|Lifer #33: Bluntnose Minnow!|
Lastly, on 25 June I took 20 minutes to fish Hinkson Creek, Boone Co., MO at Hinkson Woods CA. I lucked into two species, including a lifer!
|Lifer #34: Red Shiner!|