Fishing has temporarily wrapped up in my area while I wait for the ice to get thick enough to fish on/through.
Time to celebrate and muse over what kind of year 2014 was (for fishing).
First, let me try to generalize 2014's seasonal weather patterns that we experienced here in Iowa.
2014 was characterized by a quick warm-up in the Spring. I was icefishing through 14"+ of ice one day, went on Spring Break for a week, and came back to start fishing open water!
Spring was followed by a comfortably warm summer that never quite reached its typical hot furnace demeanor. Actually, you could say it was unusually cool, and this would be substantiated by most of the U.S. having a cooler-than-average summer while the rest of the world was much warmer than average.
Summer in turn was followed by a long, drawn-out Fall. Temps seemed to hover in the 60's for much of September, October, and first 1/2 of November.
We had the earliest safe-ice (4") for icefishing BEFORE THANKSGIVING (extremely rare), and then several ice-off / ice-on cycles, resulting in some VERY LATE-season open-water fishing...even for a day or two AFTER Christmas (also EXTREMELY rare)! Crazy!
The white bass Fall run was ok, but would have been better with warmer stable weather. It didn't seem to last as long as it should have, and was rather spotty.
Now on to the fishing statistics from my yearly Fishing Log.
I decided that rather than typing up a big long text description, I will just post the summary page from my Fishing Log here as images.
This summary page of my Fishing Log, I copy over and add onto each subsequent year, so I can directly compare each of the last 9 years (so far) that I've kept this electronic log.
I will say that 2014 missed tying my 2nd best (most fish in a year) year by 8 fish! Dang...I should have stayed longer on my last trip!!! :)
Other than that, 2014 was not my best in any category...but 2nd best in a couple. I did catch more Largemouth Bass this year than in any of the previous 8 years.
Some notable catches this year:
I caught my first Dorado (Mahi Mahi) this year, and my first Goldfish(es) on a fly rod. I also caught Personal Best FLY ROD fish of the following species:
-Smallmouth Bass (17")
-Hybrid Sunfish (9.25")
-White Bass (16")
-Rainbow Trout (14.5")
-Smallmouth Buffalo (24.5")
-Pumpkinseed Sunfish (8.5")
-I had previously caught pike on flies in Canada, and this year I finally landed one on a fly in Iowa!
I caught 18 species on the fly rod this year.
Some highlights were the Dorado:
2014 was a pretty decent year for fishing, all things considered.
I'm looking forward to what 2015 will have to offer!
Good luck to all of you, and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!