Posted 14 August 2014 - 07:48 AM
Was out collecting some chubs the other evening and found a shallow slow hole with some roots in it. Upon closer inspection I saw one or two small chubs, a few small minnows of some type, a couple of darters, two or three sculpins, and what was either a small yellow bullhead or a stonecat. I had it on my line twice but it got off and then stopped biting after digging deep into the roots. It's hard to explain but the area I was collecting in is weird in that fish can't move up or downstream unless they're very small due to several blockages even in high water so I have a feeling that cat might be there next time I collect there.
So what is a good reliable technique to use in the field to tell A. natalis apart from N. flavus?
Sean Phillips - Pine Creek Watershed - Allegheny River Drainage