Monday, May 20, 2024

March 19, 2024

 Before leaving Arkansas on Sunday, I decided to try for some species I don't normally get near home.  My buddy that I fished with the previous day for Snakeheads fish with me.  He knows so many good fishing spots! :)

We stopped at 3 places.  At the first spot, I caught a Creek Chub, Green Sunfish, and Rainbow Trout, then lost a sculpin.  We relocated downstream 100 yards or so, and I caught a few more Green Sunfish, a Banded Sculpin (Flyfer!), 3 Redspotted Sunfish, 7 Grass Pickerel, and a Knobfin Sculpin.

Banded Sculpin

Banded Sculpin

Redspotted Sunfish

Grass Pickerel

Grass Pickerel

Knobfin Sculpin

As we headed to another location, we made a quick stop at a small creek, hoping for chances at some Darter species.  We didn't manage any darters, but I did get a Flyfer (fly-lifer) of a Redfin Shiner.  Also caught some Bloody Shiners.

Redfin Shiner

Bloody Shiners
At our last spot, we fished a swamp that was flooded and muddied up from recent rains.  I beached but lost a Spotted Gar, but caught a Warmouth and 2 Fliers.



Zebra Swallowtail

I ended the day by 12:30pm (to start my drive home), with 11 species, 27 fish.  I've now so far caught 51 fish species in 2024.

May 18, 2024 - Snakeheads

 Met up with my buddy in Arkansas to try to get Northern Snakehead added to my fly rod life list.  He'd already gotten one on fly rod, and a few others on spinning gear.

We fished from a canoe, and it was absolute mayhem in close quarters when a Snakehead would strike!  Like Bowfin, you really have to get a good hookset, because the roof of their mouth is solid bone and the hook can easily get spit during the battle.  We didn't lose any, but a few strikes were missed.  The cool thing is that when the fish misses, you can toss right back to it, and it will almost always strike again until it eats the fly.  

I caught 4 on a Howitzer Head popper, using 20 lb fluoro tippet, and a 9wt fly rod.

The biggest measured at least 25.5".  They were all pretty good sized!  

Also caught 4 Largemouth Bass, and a couple Central Longear Sunfish:

Black Swallowtail:

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Brood XIX 13-YR Cicadas - Part 2

 As of May 15, 2024, the Brood XIX cicada hatch has picked up its pace.  Many more are being seen, and finally we are starting to HEAR them.  Still not super loud, but certainly audible.  Birds and squirrels are feasting on them.  Here's some pics from our back yard in a Saint Louis, MO, suburb.

Monday, May 13, 2024

May 12, 2024

 Water is higher and muddy.  Tried for Warmouth, still didn't catch any.  I did manage to get my first Channel Catfish of the year on fly, Species #42 for 2024.  Lost a really WIDE-bodied gar when it jumped and threw the fly.  Had 3 Spotted Gar on, each time I had the net ready to land them, one was even briefly in the net...but I didn't officially land any of them.

Ended with about 5 Shortnose Gar, 3 Eyetail Bowfin, 1 Channel Catfish, and 1 Black Crappie.