Brief trip report
Posted 28 January 2018 - 05:40 PM
First pics are of Elassoma zonatum. These guys were buried in leaf litter and mud and in very shallow water only inches deep.
Usually In this spot I can get slough darters, various Lepomis, pirate perch and flier but they were nowhere to be found today. Probably out in deeper water away from the bank where I was dipnetting. Banded pygmys were the only fish I found briefly sampling the shoreline of this swampy backwater area today.
Then went a few miles away and spent a few minutes sampling a small creek. Rainbow darters were out in force in good numbers along with a rare stoneroller.
Didn't see a whole lot else. Suspect sampling deeper water and undercut banks would have been higher yield but not feasible for me today. Just stuck to shallow riffles near the bank.
Anyhow, felt good to finally get out and look forward to the spring. Tired of the winter doldrums.
Posted 29 January 2018 - 06:49 AM
Out of curiosity, if a pygmy sunfish sees its shadow, does that mean six more weeks of winter?
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."
Posted 29 January 2018 - 09:43 AM
I also noticed a surprising number of invertebrates and various larvae during my sampling. I presume this is what the Elassoma are fattening up on during the winter. Perhaps less competition from other fish species who may be in a more dormant state contributing as well.
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