Had a great time in Missouri at the convention. Drove down from Illinois with Gerry, a friend from the Chicago area. On Friday we did a mini road trip west on I-44 into the Gasconade River drainage. Saturday we attended the talks (most of them), snuck out for a bit to fish Blue Springs Creek, and then attended the banquet and auction. It was great seeing old friends and making new ones. On Sunday we hit the road early, fished the Carlyle spillway an hour east of St. Louis for a few hours, and then headed north to our respective hometowns.
Little Piney Creek. Was hoping for plains topminnow, but did not find them here.
Southern redbelly dace. Most common fish here.
Mottled sculpin. Also very common.
Not photographed: orangethroat darter, rainbow darter, western mosquitofish. Other minnows present but did not focus on them.
Lane Spring (feeds into Little Piney Creek)
Not photographed: bleeding shiner, mottled sculpin, southern redbelly dace, creek chub, orangethroat darter, rainbow darter, bluegill, blackspotted topminnow.
Driving to Wilkins Spring on the U.S. Forest Service road. AWD is a good thing!
Wilkins Spring (flows into Mill Creek). Surprisingly cloudy water.
Gerry fishing for topminnows.
There they are! Plains topminnows, and lots of them.
Plains topminnow. New lifer #1 of the trip.