Columbus Ohio and darters
Posted 18 August 2009 - 02:50 PM
I am looking for some help. I purchased a dipnet last week and have been practicing around the Scioto below Griggs. All I get around there are shiners and smallmouth bass. As I do with trying to find new spots for my smallmouth addiction, I have spent long hours with Google Maps trying to find spots that might have darters. I am at a loss. I find areas that I think might produce but they are all on private property. I have scanned over many documents from OSU on the subject and most testing reports are back from 2001 and also were tested on private property, a lot around the Darby.
I am not asking anyone to give up their honey holes, but maybe just a hint in the right direction would be nice. Or do I need to get out of Franklin county and for a long drive?
Posted 18 August 2009 - 03:06 PM
I like shallower water where I can see the bottom. Pick up rocks very slowly and you should see darters swim out from underneath. Try to herd them into your net. You should be able to find a variety of darters.
Before you take any home though, make sure you know your darter species as central Ohio has a few protected species.
PS what is a CPR fishermen? 1-2-3-4-5 spit water 1-2-3-4-5 spit water!
Edited by andyavram, 18 August 2009 - 03:07 PM.
Posted 18 August 2009 - 03:26 PM
Now isn't the best time of year, the water is down, and warm, and the fish are stressed. Fall and spring are better. Maybe in a few weeks someone will organize a collecting trip.
Posted 20 August 2009 - 11:46 AM
I have a lot of luck with rainbows and orangethroats with this method. If you're looking for a specific species you'll obviously have to adjust for their specific niches.
Posted 20 August 2009 - 12:36 PM
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