Posted 30 October 2006 - 02:32 PM
Anyone collect during these seasons? I had thought about going out and dipnetting but wasn't quite sure how successful I would be. I guess this varies on locale and target species.
I pretty much collect year round.
It actually is interesting in that many species of fish are easier to get in late fall and during winter than in the Summer or spring. Alot of the more deepwater (colder temp. preference) species move toward the shore and are much easier to get.
I do alot of mudpuppy work during the winter and it really is suprising just how many fish species we regularly get in the traps and nets. My favorite winter time fish is the Burbot and we get quite a few of these each year. The darters where I am at are also more in the open and easier to catch. (Presumably because the Round gobies have vacated the shallow water and went deep so the darters vacate the deep water and move shallow)
Collecting in January is lots of fun actually....really cold and alot of work... but fun never the less.
Posted 30 October 2006 - 03:48 PM
Posted 30 October 2006 - 03:52 PM
Yea, I thought about collecting soon, but it's been so cold. I didn't know if I would find anything or not. And I always go collecting in sandals and shorts, and I don't think that will work too well now. I don't wanna spend the money on Waders either.
You can get Hodgman waders for about $20.00 on sale at the major sporting goods stores (especially right now). Look for off season specials. Maybe not the most durable but they keep the water out.
Posted 30 October 2006 - 04:31 PM
Posted 30 October 2006 - 06:30 PM
Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:47 PM
Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:34 PM
Thanks. Do male shiners in the fall still keep some color though?
Just enough color to distinguish sexes, usually. depends on species.
salt or "bait-saver" in a dark-colored collecting bucket may help reduce bact/fungal infections from collecting stress.
but some species just seem more disease prone if collected in warm weather even with best of care. taillight shiner is a tricky one.
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