Who else uses their tiny hooks to catch baby fish? There's a spot in my local river about 4' square, tucked right up against a bridge, that houses 20-30 baby sunfish during any given point in spring. I focused on that spot for a while a couple days ago, and I caught some nice little babies.
Redbreasts? They don't have the bluegill stripes or the longear gill-squiggles. Top one has very faint stripes, but I'm certain the bottom one is a redbreast. I've only seen a few of these around here for some reason.
Bluegills. Very common in the area. I love the colors on the babies!
Longears, I believe. I see fewer of these because they mostly breed downstream of a small bridge, and everybody fishes downstream of the bridge. Sometimes people catch a couple dozen sunfish for catfish bait, because apparently there's a pond somewhere that has catfish the size of small children.
Very lively. Same pattern as the one below.
Bluegill stripes, but much duller than the other baby 'gills.
Any idea what these might be?
I caught these two in a trap. They weren't interested in the bait, but they'd drift inside to check the trap out. I'm including these because Longear face and ears, but lots of purple near the tail. Unusual longear colors, bluegill with weird face, or what?
Those are most of my baby fish pics. Now let's see yours! By "baby" I mean ones that are small compared to the adults of that species, though I know that's subjective. If you look at it and say "Oh, look, I caught a baby _____", that's what I'm looking for.