Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2020 Fishing Summary

2020.  Its time to tally the results of the past 12 months of fishing.  I don't have all the numbers, since I ended my 10 consecutive years of keeping an electronic fishing log.  Some information I've tried to go back and glean as best I could from pictures and social media posts, etc.
Here we go.

We sold our house in Iowa, bought one in Missouri, spent 2 months in temporary housing, and moved.  That took quite a bit of my time and energy during what are typically some of the best months of fishing.  And then after the move to a new place, its all about discovery as far as fishing goes.  Not knowing where the good places to fish are, and where the bad spots to fish are... Its fun to find and try new places.  It isn't the most efficient way to fish, by nature.  So, certainly there have been hurdles to my fishing this year.  Discovering will continue into 2021 and beyond, I'm sure.

As best I can tell, I fished at least 78 days this year.  I fished 10 days or more in just one month....June.
I fished at least 5 days in all months except January, February, and December.

As I posted back in November, I caught 33 species of fish while flyfishing this year.  That is by far my best in any year.  In Missouri, I caught 27 species, with the remainder coming from Iowa before I moved.  Of course there was overlap of species caught in both states.

I didn't catch any new species in Iowa before I left, but I did add two to my Fly Rod life list: Orangespotted Sunfish, and Comet Goldfish.  And I did record some new Fly Rod Personal Bests in Iowa: Orangespotted Sunfish (~5"+/-), Goldfish (13.25"), Comet Goldfish (13.5"), White Crappie (15").

We "landed" in Missouri around the middle of July.  Here I added 8 species to my Fly Rod life list: Kentucky Spotted Bass, Longear Sunfish, Golden Shiner, Striped Shiner, Northern Studfish, Silver Carp, Goldeye, and Sauger.  Those all became Fly Rod Personal Bests, along with 16" Rainbow Trout, and 11" Creek Chub, and a Freshwater Drum, whose length I don't recall at the moment.  

So, that's 10 new Fly Rod Life List fish, and 15 new Fly Rod Personal Bests.  That's crazy, now that I think about it!

I caught at least 2 Iowa Master Angler fish before we moved...a 21.5" Largemouth Bass (~6.2 lbs), and a 15" White Bass (~1.5 lbs).  As far as I know, I didn't catch any Missouri Master Angler fish.  I didn't measure any gar....its hard to guess if any were long enough.  I'll measure some next year.

I fished one pond stocked with trout....400 were stocked, I've caught 63 of them over the past nearly 2 months.... 15.75%.

Oh...and maybe the "statistic" I'm most excited about....Catching Grass Carp on flies has been my White Whale since about 2010.  Well, probably before that, but that is when I finally caught my first one.  From 2010 and thru the end of 2019, I fair-hooked a number of them, but landed just 5.  In 2020, I caught 16 Grass Carp on flies!!!  

Ok..that's a wrap.  I hope we all have an excellent fishing year in 2021! 


Monday, December 28, 2020

December 27, 2020

Pretty sure Sunday was the last fishing trip of 2020 for me.  Went to a nearby park with a trout-stocked pond.  The pond was about 65% covered with a thin layer of ice. 
 The open areas were mostly near submerged aerators.  Managed to land 5 trout. Mostly pretty chunky, I wonder what they are eating?

Decided to go look at the creek that was high and muddy  last time I fished it.  This time it was low and more clear.  Caught a nice creek chub.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Mid-December 2020

 The first weekend of December, I tried for stocker trout...and got skunked.

2nd weekend, I tried a new-to-me lake...for whatever would be willing to play.  Turned out it was bass and bluegills.



Then I visited a creek, which was high, muddy, and fast from a lot of rain we got the previous evening.
I expected to get skunked, but was saved by a couple nice Creek Chubs.  The bigger one measured 11"!


And then the next weekend I visited a new-to-me small lake that has stocker trout.  Got skunked.  So I went back to another pond that has the stocker trout that skunked me the last time I tried it a couple weekends back.  I didn't get skunked this time.  2 Rainbow Trout and 4 White Crappie.




Tuesday, December 15, 2020

OLD Fishing Pictures - Part 2

 Found more of my old fishing pictures.  Some of these may be of the same fish from the previous Old Pictures post (2 posts ago)...but they are different pictures of the same fish so...eh...why not?  Most I haven't previously posted.

Iowa Musky (it cut my line right in front of me, so I stepped into the water and pushed the fish to the bottom to contain it/capture it.  So, some of the mud stuck to its belly.  If I'd have noticed, I could have washed it off before the pics!)

Lake Erie Smallmouth Bass
Florida Stingray
Florida..."Mother-in-Law Fish" is what I was told?
Illinois public pond bass.

Illinois public pond...my first-ever Golden Shiner.  It hit a bass Spinnerbait! 
Lake Erie Freshwater Drum
Lake Erie walleye.
Chunky Iowa bass.
3 pictures of my biggest bass ever.  


Florida...Black Sea Bass
Florida...Can you see it?  Smallest Barracuda ever??
Florida.  Mangrove Snapper.
Florida.  Red Snapper.
Florida.  Another Mangrove Snapper
Florida...Snook!
Florida - Gafftopsail Catfish
Big ol' Bass. :) 
Iowa - Shorthead Redhorse Sucker
Iowa - Walleye
Iowa - Flathead Catfish
Iowa - 18.5" Smallmouth Bass
Iowa - Smallmouth Bass
Nungesser Lake, Ontario, Canada - Rock Bass
A big Iowa Flathead Catfish

I'm on the left.  I didn't catch this, but a member of one of our trips to Canada caught this... 32.5" Walleye!  Not fat, but very LONG walleye!  Huge head!
Iowa Bigmouth Buffalo...along with my son.  Isn't he a cutie?  He's 20 years old now!
Iowa Flathead Catfish
Iowa Flathead Catfish
Iowa Flathead Catfish
27.5" Iowa Walleye...7.5 lbs.
Iowa Northern Pike...I believe this was 30"...@ 7.5 lbs
Iowa Freshwater Drum
Another Iowa Freshwater Drum.  Biggie!
Iowa - 19" Icefishing bass


Nungesser Lake, Ontario, Canada - Northern Pike
Iowa - My first-ever Yellow Bass
A nice Iowa Channel Catfish
Oahu, Hawaii - Peacock Bass