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#1 BenCantrell

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  • Peoria, IL, Illinois River drainage

Posted 12 June 2017 - 10:25 AM

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.

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Southern redbelly dace.  Most common fish here.

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Mottled sculpin.  Also very common.

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Not photographed: orangethroat darter, rainbow darter, western mosquitofish.  Other minnows present but did not focus on them.

 

Lane Spring (feeds into Little Piney Creek)

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Western mosquitofish.

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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!

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Wilkins Spring (flows into Mill Creek).  Surprisingly cloudy water.

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Gerry fishing for topminnows.

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There they are!  Plains topminnows, and lots of them.

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Plains topminnow.  New lifer #1 of the trip.

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#2 BenCantrell

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 10:34 AM

Big Piney River just downstream of Spring Creek.

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Mottled sculpin.  Really happy with this photo.

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Missouri saddled darter.  New lifer #2 of the trip.  Did not see any larger / more colorful specimens unfortunately.

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Carmine shiner female.

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Not photographed: rainbow darter, orangethroat darter, bleeding shiner, northern hogsucker, northern studfish, southern redbelly dace, brook silverside, and slender madtom.

 

Gasconade River just downstream of Roubidoux Creek.

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Black redhorse.

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Northern hogsucker.

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Longear sunfish macro shot.

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A trio of longnose gar spawning in Roubidoux Creek.

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Bleeding shiner.

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Not photographed: smallmouth bass, rock bass, Ozark / mottled sculpin, striped shiner, rainbow darter, western mosquitofish.



#3 BenCantrell

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 10:41 AM

Mystery minnow from the Meramec River.  Bigeye shiner perhaps?

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Chub mound in Blue Springs Creek.  Bleeding shiners, carmine shiners, Ozark minnows, and rainbow darters.

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Rainbow darters eating chub mound eggs.

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Ozark minnows and a bleeding shiner hanging out in a riffle.

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Carmine shiner.

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Ozark minnow.

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Bleeding shiner.

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Rainbow darter.

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Meramec saddled darter habitat.  Was very pleased to find them in the creek.  Wasn't sure if they were only found in the mainstem Meramec or not.

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Meramec saddled darter.  New lifer #3 of the trip.

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Not photographed: northern hogsucker, smallmouth bass, striped shiner, hornyhead chub, stoneroller sp., northern studfish, fantail darter, greenside darter.



#4 BenCantrell

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 10:43 AM

And on the drive home, a shortnose gar from Calyle spillway.

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Not photographed: silver carp, bighead carp, gizzard shad, yellow bass, white bass, bluegill, freshwater drum.



#5 Dustin

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 12:59 PM

Outstanding Ben.  I am so jealous you got to see all of these guys.  The breeding carmine and bleeding shiners, Ozark minnow and plains topminnows are amazing.  Thanks for posting.


Dustin Smith
At the convergence of the Broad, Saluda and Congaree
Lexington, SC


#6 MtFallsTodd

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 02:19 PM

Nice catch!!!
Deep in the hills of Great North Mountain

#7 BenCantrell

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:03 PM

Thanks guys.

 

EDIT - The two sculpins should both be Ozark sculpin instead of mottled.



#8 Chasmodes

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 01:02 PM

Great report Ben!  Sounds like you had an incredible trip!  Fantastic pics, many beautiful species too.  And also congrats on the new lifers!


Kevin Wilson


#9 Gerry

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 10:59 PM

Epic road trip, great and diverse fishing sites, super interesting NANFA talks, meeting new friends, 13 new lifers for me, first time in the amazing Ozarks area, some bug bites and sunburn and great memories -- this was a fantastic weekend all around.  My first NANFA convention and I now read AC with more understanding of the context.  I've also come home with a month's worth of reading backlog (thank you auction suppliers) which makes me happy.  So much fun and learning, and looking forward to more in the future.

Gerry



#10 BenCantrell

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 11:07 AM

Mystery shiner has been IDed as a wedgespot shiner.  Thanks Bob!



#11 Isaac Szabo

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 03:37 PM

Great report and photos Ben!





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