Sunday, December 26, 2021

Late December 2021

 Xmas Eve.  Flyfished for Goldfish and Koi.

A chartreuse microjig under an indicator caught most of the fish.  A few others were caught on off-white.

Caught 16 Koi (exactly 100 for the year!):

(the fish bottom fish above is a recapture).

(below is 2 sides of the same fish, a recapture...originally caught July 28):

...and caught 8 Goldfish (87 for the year):

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Mid-December 2021

 Took some days off work this week and headed several hours south to do some flyfishing with a friend.  

Rained a good portion of the time, and temperatures ranged from mid-60's to 40 degrees F.
Fished 3 different streams. Caught 11 different species of fish:
-Rainbow Trout
-Brown Trout
-Smallmouth Bass
-Largemouth Bass
-Grass Pickerel
-Northern Rock Bass
-Longear Sunfish
-Green Sunfish
-Creek Chub
-Bleeding Shiner
-Striped Shiner

Striped Shiner and Grass Pickerel were firsts for me. I saw a Palomino/Golden Trout swimming around, but didn't catch it. Saw a few Chain Pickerel...but they usually saw me first and apparently didn't like what they saw. Oddly, I also saw a KOI swim almost right up to me in the river!!

Here's some of the fish/location pics:
Grass Pickerel:

Northern Rock Bass:

Rainbow Trout:

Largemouth Bass:

Creek Chub - Longear Sunfish - Smallmouth Bass:

Striped Shiner:

Bleeding Shiner (one fish, 3 pics of same individual):

Rainbow Trout:

Brown Trout:

Striped Shiners:

Monday, November 29, 2021

Late November 2021

 Caught a couple rainbow trout on the 20th.  On the 27th, I went looking for brighter colors, and flyfished for Goldfish and Koi again. After fishing for 4 hours, I ended up with 8 Goldfish (79 for the year) and 18 Koi (84 for the year).

Caught some pretty cool Goldfish, like the Redcap Comet on the right:

Caught some really beautiful Koi, and some were recaptures.

Pretty awesome to be able to catch such beautiful fish locally.  On Flies.  In late November.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Mid-November 2021

It was 36 degrees F when I left home in the morning to flyfish a couple spots on a local river.  Only caught one fish, a small Kentucky Spotted Bass.

Felt the urge to try for some other species.  Weighed some options, decided to see if Koi and Goldfish were still active in this cool weather.  They were!
Caught 5 Goldfish (71 for the year) and 15 Koi (66 for the year).  Some really gorgeous, colorful fish!

Here's a couple of the goldfish:

And here's the koi.  The first two pics each show 2 views of some Koi I caught that were recaptures...ones I had caught before, earlier this year.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Early November 2021

 Caught a couple Rainbow Trout and a Largemouth Bass while flyfishing a local city park pond.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Late October 2021 - #2

 Squeezed in one more flyfishing outing on October 30.

I decided to try the creek again, hitting deeper pools to see if fish were still in the creek.  Last year the creek fish seemed to largely "disappear" after early October.  But the water level in the creek is low, I can't imagine fish are even able to leave the creek at this point.  They've still gotta be there, right?

Well, it wasn't a great day of fishing, but fish were caught.  I was happy with it.  Highs in the upper 50's. Breezy.

I caught 3 more Grass Carp, putting my 2021 year-total at 167.

All caught using the same microjigs under an indicator that has worked well all year.  Fishing deeper did seem to help...I was fishing mostly 2'-3.5' deep.  The water was largely stained as usual...maybe 12" visibility?
I also caught 2 small Channel Catfish, a small White Bass, and a decent Bluegill.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Late October 2021

Flyfished for bullheads and goldfish on a nice, breezy, late October day.  Caught 2 Black Bullheads and 12 Goldfish.